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"IT'S FUN TO SHOOT SOME PEOPLE…"
"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot," says Lieutenant General James Mattis. "It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling." Mattis' remarks on the thrills of combat, might have attracted less attention if it weren't for the fact that Mattis has been assigned to develop and improve the doctrine for training future U.S. marines. Mattis was even more blunt about the U.S. approach in Afghanistan: "You go into Afghanistan," he said, "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." (John Lumpkin, AP, San Diego.com, February 3, 2005)
-Mattis on video and still pix broadcast on NBC in San Diego (NBC, San Diego)