Essays on War: Mattis

by Stan Coerr November 28, 2016 America knows General James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, fount of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes. Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general. And we know that there is a reason he uses the callsign Chaos: he … Read more…

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General Mattis Quotes

“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.” “The most important 6 inches on the battlefield is between your … Read more…

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A General Mattis Christmas Story

A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, “Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story.” General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the … Read more…

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