James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Quotes
Mad Dog Mattis

James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Quotes

President Donald Trump selected a non-politically correct badass for Secretary of Defense. The man our President selected is the same retired four-star U.S. Marine Corp. General who was fired by Obama for being “too tough” on our enemies. Here are some of the most memorable quotes which will melt liberal snowflakes where they kneel!


When asked “What keeps you awake at night?” Mattis replied:

“Nothing, I keep other people awake at night 


Mattis on war protesters:

“When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look at him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend because she knows she’s dating a pussy.”


Mattis on the importance of artillery – delivered after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 while meeting with Iraqi elders in his unit’s area of operations:

“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.”


Mattis on woman-beaters – Mattis said this while speaking about his time on the ground in Afghanistan:

“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.”


Mattis on history:

“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.”


Addressing his Marines at an air base in Iraq, he tried to motivate them to stay sharp and continue the mission:

“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.”


One of his “words to live by” for his Marines in Iraq:

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


Mattis believes the battlefield is better off being far from American shores.

“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.”


Before heading into Iraq in 2003, all Marines of the 1st Marine Division received a letter from General Mattis. In the letter, he spoke candidly to his troops, telling them “we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression.”

“Fight with a happy heart.”


From his 2003 letter to his Marines, the following foreshadows his contribution in 2006 to counterinsurgency doctrine, which stresses battlefield discipline and protection of the civilian populace.

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


Mattis uses “never lost their nerve,” a line from the “Marines’ Hymn,” in his 2003 letter to his men. He goes on to offer another, telling them to “keep your honor clean.” Mattis, an avid reader of history, wants his Marines to live up to the legacy of past warriors.

“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.”


Mattis led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade into Afghanistan in 2001 and the 1st Marine Division into Iraq in 2003, and he led an operation into Fallujah in 2004 dubbed “Operation Vigilant Resolve.” He also helped to plan the later “Operation Phantom Fury.”

“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”


While one of his nicknames is “Mad Dog,” many other Marines know him as the “Warrior Monk” — a general who reads and studies constantly:

“The most important 6 inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”


Mattis wants educated leaders who can both be book smart and be able to get the job done.

“In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are, if you cannot create harmony — even vicious harmony — on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.”


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