Hey, weren't you in "Apocalypse Now"?
Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who commanded Marine expeditions in Afghanistan and Iraq, made [the following] comments Tuesday during a panel discussion in San Diego, California.
"Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot," Mattis said, prompting laughter from some military members in the audience. "It's fun to shoot some people.. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
Mattis' press office has not yet responded to a request to answer questions about his comments.
However, the Marine commandant, Gen. Michael Hagee, defended Mattis, calling him "one of this country's bravest and most experienced military leaders."
"While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war," he said in a written statement. "Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor."
Hagee said he had counseled Mattis regarding the remarks and that Mattis "agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully."
Most of the time, I advocate a nuanced understanding of the American military and government, but I keep finding out that that's not really neccessary.