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  • Ex-US general: We pay a price for backing Israel

    07/28/2013 10:43:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 78 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 25, 2013 | Lazar Berman
    Slamming settlements, James Mattis, former commander of CentCom, tells crowd in Aspen that moderate Arabs are forced to hide support for America. Retired US Marine Corps General James Mattis recently said that America pays a price for its perceived bias in support of Israel. “I paid a military security price every day as the commander of CentCom because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel, and that moderates all the moderate Arabs who want to be with us, because they can’t come out publicly in support of people who don’t show respect for the Arab Palestinians,” he...
  • Dangerous Times: Gimme a General Who Won't Fight!

    01/27/2013 4:14:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 26, 2013 | James Lewis
    It was Lincoln who said "Give me a general who will fight!" That was after the North was defeated over and over again by Robert E. Lee's smaller and more agile armies. Lincoln's first generals fought desperately hard, but not hard enough to win. In the upshot, the Civil War dragged out to became our bloodiest war ever, 600,000 dead -- mostly white folks. And yes, it was triggered by Christian Abolitionists who made slavery morally intolerable to half the nation. Lincoln was therefore forced to find generals who would fight, and he found Sherman and Grant, who wreaked terrible...
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call

    01/25/2013 7:53:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 101 replies
    Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call Daniel Halper January 25, 2013 10:26 AM President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn't received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E....
  • Is 'Mad Dog' General James Mattis Retiring? Here's 19 Unforgettable Quotes

    01/22/2013 8:09:33 PM PST · by OzarkSailor · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22JAN13 | Geoffrey Ingersoll and Paul Szoldra
    Both the left and the right are wrong about Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis. He is neither the Jack Nicholson caricature of a Marine depicted in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men nor the callous and mad eccentric depicted by George C. Scott in the 1970 movie Patton. And Gen. Mattis didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk. He led from the front. Indeed, on at least one occasion that I know of, the General was bloodied from a firefight or improvised explosive device while out on patrol with junior, enlisted Marines one-third his age....
  • Report: Gen. Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM for Questioning Obama's Advisers

    01/21/2013 7:18:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | AWR Haekins
    Reports indicate that Marine General James Mattis is being forced out of CENTCOM for questioning certain aspects of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers. These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep...
  • Report: Obama Ousting CENTCOM Chief Mattis

    01/20/2013 1:45:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/13 | staff
    “Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks. It now appears likely that Gen. Mattis, a Marine Corps legend, will leave his post as head of America’s most important combatant command in March, several months earlier than planned. Ricks continues: Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad...
  • Just don't call him Mad Dog - General Mattis

    01/19/2013 10:28:56 PM PST · by Saoirise · 11 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 1/19/2013 | Gretel.Kovach
    Mad Dog Mattis. The Warrior Monk. Married to the Marine Corps. It’s all hype that embarrasses Gen. James Mattis, the chief of U.S. Central Command, who is preparing to retire this spring after one of the most productive four-decade sprints in uniform of his generation. To Marines, Mattis is Chaos, his call sign and nom de guerre. According to interviews with more than a half-dozen officers who know him well, Mattis is an iconoclast and innovator who strove to outmaneuver the enemy on the battlefield, paralysis in Washington and the “yes, sir!” culture of the military. Others, particularly civilians, consider...
  • As Obama Preaches Patience, Mattis Prepares for War With Iran

    05/23/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 21, 2012 | Eli Lake
    Exclusive: CentCom commander’s call for third Persian Gulf carrier group was rejected, reports Eli Lake. * As Western diplomats meet this week in Baghdad to try to coax Iran’s leaders to disclose its full nuclear program, Gen. James Mattis will be keeping an eye on the Persian military. Mattis wanted to send a third aircraft-carrier group to the Persian Gulf earlier this year, The Daily Beast has exclusively learned, in what would have been a massive show of force at a time when Iranian military commanders were publicly threatening to sink American ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The four-star...
  • Muslims Call For Pentagon Action Over General's Remarks (CAIR)

    02/03/2005 3:06:54 PM PST · by Brian Mosely · 98 replies · 5,005+ views
    Prnewswire ^ | 2/3/05
    Press Release Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations Muslims Call For Pentagon Action Over General's Remarks Thursday February 3, 3:30 pm ET Commander of Marine Division in Iraq Says Shooting People is 'Fun' WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Pentagon to discipline a top general who earlier this week said it is "fun to shoot some people." At a public event in San Diego, Calif., Lt. Gen. James Mattis said: "Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot ... You go into Afghanistan, you...
  • Gates: Mattis Brings Experience, Continuity to Centcom

    08/11/2010 4:33:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 11, 2010 – Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis brings a wealth of experience in the Middle East to his new assignment as the commander of U.S. Central Command here, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Gates presided at Mattis’ assumption of command in front of military and diplomatic officials from many of the counties in the Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis assumed command from Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, who has been acting commander since Army Gen. David H. Petraeus left the command to lead NATO operations in Afghanistan. Gates called Mattis...
  • Gen. Mattis Cancels Defeatists’ Groundhog Day, Says Military Can Win in Afghanistan

    07/19/2010 5:49:55 PM PDT · by John R. Guardiano · 13 replies · 2+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 17, 2010 | John R. Guardiano
    The pundits, chattering classes and Beltway elite are all worried about Afghanistan. They think the war’s a hopeless cause, a “quagmire,” and, most damning of all in their minds, “Vietnam all over again.” But the new commanding general of U.S. Central Command, General James N. Mattis, says these worrywarts are all wrong about Afghanistan. Of course, the fretting of the chattering class is nothing new. It’s even typical and old-hat. The nattering nabobs of negativism, as the late great William Safire once dubbed them, are always worried that a war or a conflict will become too much for the American...
  • General Mattis' Appointment Raises Military Free Speech Concerns

    07/12/2010 10:01:39 PM PDT · by John R. Guardiano · 6 replies · 1+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 10, 2010 | John R. Guardiano
    The Pentagon says it’s not censoring anyone and technically this may be true. But a policy of defacto censorship seems to have descended upon the U.S. military. The appointment of Marine Corps General James N. Mattis to head up Central Command (CENTCOM) is, of course, very good news. Mattis, after all, may well be America’s greatest living general. He certainly is one of the most intellectually formidable advocates of counterinsurgency warfare. However, Mattis’ appointment –- or, to be more precise, the reaction to his appointment amongst reporters and by the Pentagon leadership — raises troubling doubts about whether the American...
  • General Mattis Moves to CENTCOM: Another soldier-scholar enters the fray.

    07/12/2010 10:17:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 12, 2010 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    General Mattis Moves to CENTCOMAnother soldier-scholar enters the fray.  The president has nominated Marine Gen. James Mattis to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David Petraeus, who has assumed command of the effort in Afghanistan. This is a welcome move. There is now a remarkable military tandem in place in the Greater Middle East, one that Victor Davis Hanson has compared to Grant and Sherman. It is no secret that my admiration for General Mattis is unbounded. I have expressed it on several occasions on National Review Online and the website of the Ashbrook Center. I...
  • James Mattis: 'It's fun to shoot people'

    07/09/2010 6:56:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    President Obama's pick to lead military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Middle East is an experienced ground combat commander, but also earned a stern rebuke in 2005 for controversial comments about combat operations. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, then a lieutenant general, told a crowd in San Diego that it was "fun to shoot some people" and said that some Afghans deserved to die. "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years, because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "You know guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So...
  • Marine Is Gates’s Choice to Replace Petraeus

    07/08/2010 12:31:41 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO's top military officer there. The shake-up comes as the American public questions whether the fight in Afghanistan can be won, and the Defense Department is reeling from losing its top war commander -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
  • Gates Recommends Mattis for Central Command Job

    07/08/2010 12:47:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today recommended Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, to succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as commander of U.S. Central Command. DoD photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Mattis currently is commander...
  • Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

    06/22/2010 10:30:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 173 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | June 22nd, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate. The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan. Of course, offering to resign...
  • Marine general to testify at Haditha hearing

    03/18/2010 8:04:57 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 28 replies · 486+ views
    North County Times ^ | 3/18/2010 | AP
    A four-star general will testify at a pretrial hearing in the biggest criminal case against U.S. troops to arise from the Iraq war, a Marine Corps spokesman said Thursday. Gen. James Mattis is scheduled to address a military judge Monday on a defense motion to dismiss charges against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich on grounds of undue command influence, said the spokesman, Lt. Col. David Griesmer. The defense argues Mattis was improperly influenced by a military lawyer, Col. John Ewers, who investigated the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005 and later became a top aide when the general...
  • Mattis testifies no one influenced Haditha decision

    06/03/2008 9:50:23 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 5 replies · 85+ views
    North County Times ^ | June 2, 2008 | TERI FIGUEROA - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- A four-star general testified Monday that a lower-ranking officer did not influence his decision to bring criminal charges against the battalion commander in charge of Marines tied to the deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Gen. James N. Mattis also testified there was no pressure from above ---- be it from the Pentagon, congressional contacts or the Marine Corps commandant ---- for him to criminally charge anyone in the Haditha killings. "I make my own decisions," Mattis said. (snip) He also said the intense media spotlight on the killings "had no influence whatsoever" in his decision...
  • Marine general bids farewell [Thank you, Lt. Gen. Mattis!]

    11/03/2007 7:38:36 AM PDT · by RedRover · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2007 | Tony Perry
    CAMP PENDLETON — The top general who led Marines into combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, drawing both fire and praise for his handling of cases involving the deaths of civilians, bade a reluctant and emotional farewell to his troops Friday. Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, newly assigned to a joint command at Norfolk, Va., wrote to his Marines and sailors that "you've been my daily inspiration -- even on the toughest days, you've stood there boldly undismayed. . . . I'm forever in your debt." For the past year, Mattis has led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces...
  • Mattis leaves lasting legacy at Camp Pendleton

    09/23/2007 6:12:56 AM PDT · by RedRover · 30 replies · 460+ views
    North County Times ^ | September 23, 2007 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON -- On the eve of his promotion to four-star general and a new assignment, Camp Pendleton's Lt. Gen. James Mattis is being acclaimed by colleagues and observers for his combat command skills and adept handling of troops accused of killing Iraqi civilians. "I regard him as America's foremost war fighter," Gary Solis, a former Marine judge and prosecutor, said last week. "No general has ever had to deal with so many tough cases at one time and handled them with such skill and aplomb." Mattis will soon be on his way from Camp Pendleton to an assignment in...
  • Bush Nominates Mattis to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command

    09/12/2007 5:22:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 377+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – President Bush has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis to receive his fourth star and to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and President Bush’s nominee to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, escorts Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her May 23, 2007, visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jerry Murphy, USMC  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Mattis, currently “dual-hatted” as commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force...
  • Mattis nomination for general announced

    09/12/2007 1:44:43 PM PDT · by rightalien · 13 replies · 382+ views
    North County Times ^ | September 11, 2007 | MARK WALKER
    Marine Corps' Middle East commander getting new job and fourth star CAMP PENDLETON -- The Defense Department formally announced Tuesday that Camp Pendleton's Lt. Gen. James Mattis has been nominated by President Bush for a fourth star and appointment to the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Mattis has led the base's 25,000-member I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as commander of Marine Corps forces throughout the Middle East since August of last year. He also served as the convening authority over war crime cases involving Marines in Iraq, a duty that he will pass to his successor. The U.S....
  • Gen. Mattis to Receive Four-Star Nomination

    09/08/2007 3:48:16 AM PDT · by freema · 60 replies · 1,778+ views
    North County Times ^ | Friday, September 7, 2007 | MARK WALKER
    NORTH COUNTY ---- Camp Pendleton's Lt. Gen. James Mattis will be nominated for the rank of general and appointed commander of a high-level military planning and strategy unit based in Virginia, the North County Times has learned. Mattis, whose present job is commander of Marine Corps Forces Central Command and head of Camp Pendleton's I Marine Expeditionary Force, will become head of the Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation. Multiple sources within the military and in Washington, D.C., confirmed that Mattis, who has overseen Marine Corps forces in the Middle East for the last 15 months and is...
  • (General)Mattis calls for consensus on war on terror

    06/22/2007 3:45:45 PM PDT · by radar101 · 3 replies · 426+ views
    North County Times ^ | 22 JUNE 2007 | MARK WALKER
    Lt. Gen. James Mattis in his office at Camp Pendleton Tuesday during an interview. Lt. Gen. James Mattis told the North County Times during an exclusive interview this week that while a lot of work has been done in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is much to do to defeat the extremist threats to Middle East stability and long-term U.S. security. "The problem of violent extremists existed long before 2003, and it is going to exist long after the next presidential election," said Mattis, who also commands Camp Pendleton's 25,000-member I Marine Expeditionary Force. "We are going to have to confront...
  • General calls for investigation of leak

    01/27/2007 8:20:47 AM PST · by pinkpanther111 · 25 replies · 1,335+ views
    NC Times San Diego ^ | January 26, 2007 | WILLIAM FINN BENNETT
    By: WILLIAM FINN BENNETT - Staff Writer NORTH COUNTY ---- Marine Corps officials confirmed Friday that Lt. Gen. James Mattis has called for an investigation into who leaked documents recently from a massive investigation of the 2005 deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq. An attorney representing one of eight Camp Pendleton Marines charged in connection with the incident said Friday it was essential Mattis order the probe given the notoriety caused by a Jan. 6 Washington Post article. The newspaper cited interviews with eyewitnesses who allege four of the Marines had gunned down five men. "A lot of...
  • (USMC) Marine unit gets new boss

    08/15/2006 5:44:34 AM PDT · by radar101 · 6 replies · 289+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 15 AUG 2006 | Rick Rogers
    NADIA BOROWSKI SCOTT / Union-Tribune Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler (left) shook hands yesterday with Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis after Mattis took over as commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton Quotable and iconic, controversial and laconic, Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis took command of 50,000 troops at Camp Pendleton yesterday as allegations of war crimes and mounting war casualties hang over the base. Mattis replaced Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, 57, as commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which has done most of the fighting in Iraq's volatile Anbar province this year. “This...
  • Choosing Sides: General Mattis vs. Professor Churchill

    02/12/2005 7:16:02 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 25 replies · 997+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | 12 February 2005 | Mark Glesne
    In yet another display of how out-of-touch with reality the American Left truly is, liberals have chosen to defend the soulless words of a University of Colorado professor over the comments on staunch reality from one of this country’s bravest and most experienced military leaders. When assessing political issues like the one at hand, it’s important to observe which side of the isle the Left and Right fall on. I’ll expound on that in a moment. On February 4, 2005, Marine Lieutenant General James Mattis spoke to colleagues at a panel regarding strategies for the war on terrorism in San...
  • Liberals Ain't Got No Manhood

    02/09/2005 5:48:26 PM PST · by CTgopGUY · 16 replies · 1,044+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 10, 2005 | Rudy Takala
    Lieutenant General James Mattis recently made comments at a forum in San Diego that are now pervading the news; he said, "It's fun to shoot some people… 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." So of course, liberals have now become frantic in their revolted outrage. As the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, said, "We do not need...
  • Liberals Concerned Military Wants Them Dead

    02/08/2005 5:50:25 PM PST · by StoneGiant · 21 replies · 582+ views
    jerhad.com ^ | 2/8/2005
    Liberals Concerned Military Wants Them Dead WASHINGTON, DC --- Liberals are running scared this week after a three-star general said in a press conference that "it's fun to shoot some people." The General was making reference to ruthless terrorists, but peaceniks, journalists and politicians are concerned that the military might think it's fun to shoot them as well. "I'm scared as hell," said a top Democrat asking for anonymity for security reasons. "These men actually enjoy shooting anti-American, freedom-hating scum. It's a fine line between the terrorists they like shooting and the liberals in this country. I purchased a bullet-proof...
  • Mattis is real warrior Vs Sensationalist non-vet journalists

    02/06/2005 8:21:29 AM PST · by USMCVIETVET · 15 replies · 545+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/6/05 | Ralph Peters
    THE TRUTH ABOUT WAR By RALPH PETERS IN San Diego on Tuesday, I had the privilege of sitting beside Lt.-Gen. Jim Mattis, a Marine who knows how to fight. We were on a panel discussing future war. And Gen. Mattis, a Marine to the marrow of his bones, spoke honestly about the thrill of combat. Mattis has commanded at every level. In Desert Storm, he led a battalion. In Afghanistan and then in Iraq, he led with inspiration and courage. Everyone on our panel had opinions about war, but that no-nonsense Marine knew more about it than the rest of...
  • U.S. Islamic group calls for disciplinary action against general for remarks (outrageous)

    02/04/2005 9:43:06 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 80 replies · 1,392+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 5, 2005 | Jon R. Anderson
    ARLINGTON, Va. — A major U.S. Islamic group has called for “appropriate disciplinary action” for the Marine general who said, “It’s fun to shoot some people.” “We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting event,” Nihad Awad, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement. “These disturbing remarks are indicative of an apparent indifference to the value of human life.” The Washington-based CAIR’s stated mission is “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.” Lt. Gen...
  • Marine general slams 'Chicken Little' news: Military critique of war coverage rebukes "reporters"

    07/02/2003 12:17:14 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 360+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2003 | Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON -- A Marine general in Iraq ripped front-line journalists for "Chicken Little" coverage of the March invasion, and advised military leaders to "never forget how quickly the press jumped on the bandwagon of doom and gloom," a critical internal study of the war reveals. "Visions of Vietnam danced in reporters' heads" during halts in the march to Baghdad, griped the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division in a 67-page draft report obtained by WorldNetDaily. Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis heaped scorn on "unilateral" correspondents in his May 29 report. He said they "routinely"...
  • Marine, Iraqi leaders ready to push ahead toward Iraq's future

    05/22/2004 6:59:51 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 14 replies · 1,802+ views
    Marine Link ^ | May 22, 2004 | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    Marine, Iraqi leaders ready to push ahead toward Iraq's futureSubmitted by: 1st Marine DivisionStory Identification #: 200452173641Story by Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq (May 21, 2004) -- Leaders of the 1st Marine Division, the Fallujah Brigade and Fallujah's mayor said Thursday that the city is ready for rebuilding. "I've got my plan and by God, come hell or high water, I'm just going to execute that plan no matter what," said Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of the 1st Marine Division. "Our end state was all along, if you ask the Marines, was 'no better...
  • From the General: Letter from MajGen James Mattis to Military families

    04/13/2004 7:46:22 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 103 replies · 13,413+ views
    e-mail | 04/13/04 | MajGen James Mattis
    This is a letter, reprinted with permission, from Major General James Mattis, the Commanding officer of the 1st MEF in Iraq. The General and I served on the same ship off Iran in 1980 when I was a young Corporal and he was a young Captain. I was not one of his troops, but I still keep in touch with some men that were. He is highly spoken of, and his record since 9/11 is exemplary.