Interesting mindset

Comment:-

It’s interesting to review what the new incoming U.S. Secretary of Defence has stated in the past, in order to get a idea of his mindset regarding warfare.

Obviously, it’s a departure from the usual bureaucratic speak we’ve become used to.

Here a a few  of his more memorable quotes of the past:-

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“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

“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.”
“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.”

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

“Now from a distance, I look back on what the Corps taught me: to think like men of action, and to act like men of thought!”

“There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do. It’s just business.”

“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.”

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”

“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”

“There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

“…keep faith in your comrades on the left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit”

“I get a lot of credit these days for things I never did.”

“In a country with millions of people and cars going everywhere, the enemy is going to get a car bomb out there once in a while. There are going to be good days and bad days. Bottom line.”

“I’ve never found it to be useful. (Water-boarding) I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers, and I do better with that than I do with torture.”