Pansies, Pissants and the Work Ethic
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Marine Corps general with battle awards is being counseled to watch his words more carefully after publicly observing that "it's fun to shoot some people."
Lt. Gen. James Mattis, a career infantry office now in charge of developing ways to better train and equip Marines, also made fun of the manhood of Afghans during comments Tuesday while speaking at a forum in San Diego.
On Thursday, Gen. Mike Hagee, the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, issued a statement of regret about Mattis' remarks, saying they reflected "the unfortunate and harsh realities of war."
According to an audio recording, Mattis had said, "Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling."
He added, "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. 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."
Damn straight, General Mattis. Where the hell's our work ethic? I guy isn't supposed to enjoy his job?
You know what's really more scary? A dentist saying, "After three years of not flossing, I get a real charge outta drilling your teeth to kindom come and watching you squirm."
In the meantime, when we need protection for this country, I don't want people who are reluctant to do their jobs, or see it as a burden, out on the front lines. Hell yes I want them to enjoy their work. As everyone knows, that's when you do your best work.