We've backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.

— James Mattis

The most provocative James Mattis quotes that will activate your desire to change

You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force.

Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.

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Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they're so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.

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PowerPoint makes us stupid.

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There are hunters and there are victims.

By your discipline...you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.

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You've been told that you're broken. That you're damaged goods ... there is also Post-Traumatic Growth. You come back from war stronger and more sure of who you are.

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You can overcome wrong technology. Your people have the initiative, they see the problem, no big deal ... you can't overcome bad culture. You've gotta change whoever is in charge.

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For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in the past battles - who fought for life and never lost their nerve - carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than a U.S. Marine.

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You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts.

If they start living in a dream world, it's going to be bad.

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You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don't buy it. The truth, instead, is that you are the only folks with the skills, determination, and values to ensure American dominance in this chaotic world.

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The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.

That said, there are some *******s in the world that just need to be shot. There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.

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I would happily storm hell in the company of these troops .

.. how strongly they have demonstrated to the world that free men and women can fight like the dickens.

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I just hope we can find our way back to engaging with one another, arguing strongly with one another, and then going down and having a root beer together or something and - and having a good laugh about it as we work together for the best interests of the next generation of Americans who are going to inherit this country.

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About James Mattis

Quotes 155 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday September 8, 1950

Be the hunter, not the hunted: Never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down.

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It is mostly a matter of wills. Whose will is going to break first? Ours or the enemy's?

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An untrained or uneducated Marine ... deployed to the combat zone is a bigger threat to mission accomplishment ... than the enemy.

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Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.

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There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It's really great.

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Treachery has existed as long as there's been warfare, and there's always been a few people that you couldn't trust.

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Since 9/11 we've been engaged in wars around the world, and General [James] Mattis has been a leading battlefield commander in many of those theaters, including in the April 2004 siege of Fallujah, where the US Marines killed so many people that the municipal soccer stadium in the city had to be turned into a graveyard for the dead.

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The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.

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The United States has been essentially engaged in an ongoing war that most people date from 2001. That war has taken us to Afghanistan, to Iraq, in a lesser way to other countries - Libya, Somalia, Yemen.

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I was struck by the fact that none of the senators, basically, asked General [James] Mattis, "Well, General, how is it that we haven't won?" We haven't won anywhere, 'winning' in the sense of conclusively achieving our political objectives, however you might want to define those objectives.

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General [James] Mattis's primary experience - indeed, his only experience - is as a member of the United States Marine Corps, where he served for 41 years. That's his experience.

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Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot.

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It's quite fun to fight them, you know.

It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling.

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Yousef Aid Ahmed has memorized the places where his four brothers' bodies laid after they were killed by US marines, he said. The family recounts that November day in 2005 and says it was a massacre of the brothers, along with 20 other people, following a roadside bomb in Haditha.

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With respect to the outlines of what's in the Army Field Manual, there's no doubt in my mind about the limitations it places not only on the DOD, but on the Central Intelligence Agency. And I'll always comply with the law.

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I find it disturbing that no member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is willing to acknowledge that record of failure and to ask our next secretary of defense what he proposes to do to amend that sorry record.

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I think the core problem is much closer to recognizing where force is of value, where it is useful, and to distinguish that from situations in which war is not useful or is indeed counterproductive.

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What would you do differently as defense secretary to compensate for this record in which the greatest military in the world, as we are constantly told, doesn't get the job done?

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If you read enough biography and history, you learn how people have dealt successfully or unsuccessfully with similar situations or patterns in the past. It doesn't give you a template of answers, but it does help you refine the questions you have to ask yourself.

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We have the most skillful, firecest, and certainly the most ethical ground forces in the world... I'm not saying we have to commit right now, but certainly don't pull it off the table.

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I think, broadly speaking, the US military's role - US military activism in various parts of the Islamic world over the past several decades has been counterproductive.

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You must reward the kind of behavior that you want.

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There are many people who do not know if the U.

S. Army has 60,000 men or 6 million. They do not have a clue about that.

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A country that armed Stalin to defeat Hitler can certainly work alongside enemies of al-Qaida to defeat al-Qaida.

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North Korea is a direct threat to the United States.

They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don't have to wait until they have an intercont- intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it's manifested completely.

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In an interconnected age when opportunistic adversaries can work in tandem to destroy stability and prosperity, our country needs to regain its strategic footing. We need to bring the clarity to our efforts before we lose the confidence of the American people and the support of potential allies.

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Right now, Russia's future should be wedded to Europe.

Why they see NATO as a threat is beyond me. Clearly, NATO is not a threat.

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Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face nothing new under the sun.

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Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed... It doesn't give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.

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I've lived a very colorful life, and I've said some things, But not once have I taken them back, and I've never apologized for them - and I won't.

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The U.S. military is not war weary. Our military draws strength from confronting our enemies when clear policy objectives are set and we are fully resourced for the fight.

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No war is over until the enemy says it's over.

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The Army was always big on Clausewitz, the Prussian;

the Navy on Alfred Thayer Mahan, the American; and the Air Force on Giulio Douhet, the Italian. But the Marine Corps has always been more Eastern-oriented. I am much more comfortable with Sun-tzu and his approach to warfare.

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Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.

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Be the hunter, not the hunted.

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You stay teachable most by reading books. By reading what other people went through.

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In a country with millions of people and cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in awhile.

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