James N. Mattis. I had the pleasure of serving under General Mattis for several years, have met him several times, and was once photographed with him while wearing one of my kilts, as I demonstrated earlier. General Mattis, who recently retired, has been surrounded by controversy at one point or another in the recent past because he very carefully but honestly speaks his mind. I want to include multiple quotations from General Mattis in my dissertation, because I believe he and his remarks have demonstrated the best, most concise guidance about the state of contemporary and near-term warfare available. Here are some of the ones I've identified, several of which have already been integrated into my manuscript. Here's the "General Mattis" section from my Quote Bank:
"I don't get intelligence off a satellite. Iraqis tell me who the enemy is."That last quote may be used to illustrate one of my concluding points: first, that unilateral declarations of victory will not prevent irregular warfare adherents from visiting violence upon the West; and second, that if we don't sweat to implement the lessons of Dhofar and other campaigns in the coming years of nominal peace, our forces will pay for it in blood when they are next called on to wage proactive or reactive counterinsurgency. I have a great deal of respect for General Mattis, who was a great leader, one of the few true strategists in America's officer corps, and an excellent example of integrity in both philosophy and conduct.
"I would also add that [Al Qaeda] was dumb."
"I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all."
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
"Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit. For the mission’s sake, our country’s sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colors in the past battles-who fought for life and never lost their nerve-carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than a U.S. Marine."
"PowerPoint makes us stupid."
"[No new technologies or weapons systems] would have helped me in the last three years [in Iraq and Afghanistan]. But I could have used cultural training [and] language training. I could have used more products from American universities [who] understood the world does not revolve around America and [who] embrace coalitions and allies for all of the strengths that they bring us."
"No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote."
More to come.