I saw this early today and meant to blog about it first. I’ve already discussed it with a few folks at work. But I forgot all about it during lunch, and now don’t really have time to write much. So here’s the MO short take:
1) I really, truly believe that he probably shouldn’t have said this out loud in that company.
2) If there is one member of the United Stated Marine Corps who isn’t at least open to the idea that General Mattis is totally 100% correct, I think they are in the wrong line of work.
The job isn’t ALL about killing.
But killing is what sets Marines apart from police officers, construction workers, mechanics, and clerks. I want Marines who WANT to kill when it’s necessary.
I realize that many will protest my position. Those are the people who don’t understand.
We hear about how people don’t ‘get’ war. How no one understands how violent and horrible war really is.
Then, when someone says something like this, they wring their hands. I just don’t get it. They’ll gleefully show pictures of bloody children and devastated cities on the news, but they’ll wail in protest over a Marine telling it like it is.