U. S. General Says War and Killing "Fun"

February 6, 2005

On February 2, a top U.S. Marine General declared in a public forum in California that killing was "fun" and "a hoot."

The Marine commander, Lt. Gen. James Mattis, talked of his recent experience leading U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. He said "Actually, it's quite a lot of fun to fight; you know, it's a hell of a hoot. I like brawling; it's fun to shoot some people."

He enjoyed shooting Afghan men, he clarified, because "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."

In response to public outcry over these remarks, the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Mike Hagee, issued an official statement praising General Mattis as a "hardened veteran of combat" and "a brave and brilliant military leader." He rejected the idea of taking any disciplinary action against Mattis.