Incoming SecDef: 10 Most Bad Ass Quotes from General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Incoming SecDef: 10 Most Bad Ass Quotes from General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Incoming SecDef: 10 Most Bad Ass Quotes from General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

By now you’re probably aware of President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement that Gen. James Mattis is his pick for Secretary of Defense. In case you missed it, here’s what he said at last night’s Thank You rally in Cleveland, Ohio:

As many know, Gen. Mattis is a general’s general, a man some say is our modern-day Patton. And just like Patton was, Gen. Mattis is just as blunt, and just as quotable. Here are ten of his most bad ass quotes, in no particular order:

General James Mattis (Photo Credit: Free Beacon)
General James Mattis (Photo Credit: Free Beacon)
  1. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
  1. “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
  1. “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.”

And two of my personal favorites:

  1. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
  1. “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.”

And on professionalism:

  1. “The most important 6 inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
  1. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
  1. “For the mission’s sake, for our country’s sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colors in 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 US Marine.”

And finally, and perhaps his most “controversial” statements, at least with the sensitive cupcakes over on the Left, are these:

  1. “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. Actually 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 there with you. I like brawling.”
  1. “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some a–holes 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.”

And, thanks to spineless leadership worldwide those “ass holes,” in the form of ISIS, are currently raging in at least eighteen countries, terrorizing and slaughtering untold numbers of innocents.

Affectionately nicknamed “Mad Dog” by the troops he commanded, and who utilized the call-sign “Chaos,” President-Elect Trump says he’ll officially nominate Gen. Mattis for Secretary of Defense this Monday. A better pick simply does not exist. And it’s no wonder he’s adored by so many.

One last point: if I were you, Daesh, I’d just lay down my arms right now, and slither off into the blowing sands. Cuz Mad Dog Mattis is coming after you, and he’ll be bringing Hell with him.

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  • VALman says:

    The nation has been moving onto more dangerous ground for some years now. Unfortunately, the present administration has only added to this, both from within and from without.

    Such times call for leaders who have a clear vision of what’s at stake, what’s to be done, make the tough decisions, and are unapologetic for doing so (let the historians do the debating).

    It seems to me that President-Elect Trump is selecting an administration which will consist, to varying degrees, of such leaders with General James Mattis being a stellar example.

    Footnote: I was told that General Mattis does not like the term “Mad Dog” to as used by new Marine recruits. Perhaps, someone might be able to shed some light one this.

    • anti-mohammed says:

      “The present administration” has caused more detriment to this nation than all others combined. As a nation we can only pray that the new administration will claw back the liberties that have been abandoned and thrown away by the communists, fascists and neo-cons for most of the last four decades. I ain’t holding holding my breath.

    • Jodi says:

      I heard that, too, VALman. I’d like to hear the back story.

      • VALman says:

        It seems there is general agreement that General Mattis earned the “Mad Dog” nickname following the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq. One source indicated that it was used behind his back. There are also reports that he prefers the nickname “Warrior Monk.”

        Here’s a snippet revealing the character of the man from a NBC article:

        Another famous Mattis story is the time he worked on Christmas in 1998.

        Charles Krulak, who was the Marine Commandant at the time, told Stars and Stripes newspaper that when he arrived to deliver holiday cookies to a Marine command at Quantico, Virginia, he was told that the duty officer was Mattis, then a brigadier general.

        “So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ ” Krulak told the military newspaper. “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.’ ”


  • Rusty Shackleford says:

    When Trump announced this at his first Re-election Campaign Rally in Cincinnati (that’s what I would’ve called it instead of the Thank You Tour), he compared him to Gen. George Patton, and I realized, if you look at a pic of DJT with a frown and his eyes narrowed, he looks a heckuva lot like Georgie with his “warface” on. Or am I crazy?

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