James Mattis Quotes

Here are some of the most legendary quotes from James Mattis, the four-star Marine general who just resigned as Trump’s Defense Secretary. He served in Trump’s cabinet for the first 2 years of his administration.

And I think, it’s rather scary quotes. Very frightening indeed.

On meeting new people

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

On collateral damage

“If in order to kill the enemy you have to kill an innocent, don’t take the shot. Don’t create more enemies than you take out by some immoral act.”

On taking a life

“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.”

Warning US enemies

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But i’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fu** with me, I’ll kill you all.”

On foes opposing the US military

“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.”

On failure

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

On the business of war

“There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do. It’s just business.”

On defeating Al Qaeda

“A country that armed Stalin to defeat Hitler can certainly work alongside enemies of Al-Qaeda to defeat Al-Qaeda.”

On using your head

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

On presentations

“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”

On leadership

“If you cannot create harmony – even vicious harmony – on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian / military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete.”

On fighting for democracy

“The 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.”

On treachery

“Treachery has existed as long as there’s warfare, and there’s always been a few people that you couldn’t trust.”

On thinking things through

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

Well, most of his quotes are terrifying, but as a general that might just what he needed to be, to strike fear into his enemies.