Tom Ricks re-posted a great quote from USMC General James Mattis yesterday, from Mattis’ 2004 address to Naval Academy graduates:
“Okay, it’s not a perfect world, but America is worth fighting for on its worst day. So, if you have got the guts to step across that line, as each of you have, then just go out and enjoy the brawl. Just have a damn good time. Train your men well. Go beat the crap out of people who deserve it, and when they throw down their gun, then you have won.”
Nice to remember now and then that there are people out there who deserve it, no matter
how safe we might feel. Mattis caused some major conniptions back in 2005 when he said of the Taliban enemy:
“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.”
Trying to reconcile my beliefs as a Christian with “it’s fun to shoot them” is tough, but I’m not a professional warrior, either. Still, it’s good to remember exactly what kind of “men” we’re fighting there, and what kind of things they’ve done to a lot of innocent people.
It’s not all about us.