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James Mattis
“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears."
"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."
“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine."
"A lot of crises and even wars, have started from miscalculation. So while it's important we make clear what we stand for … it's also important that our adversaries know what we absolutely will not tolerate. And by making that clear, you're less apt to have somebody stumble into a situation where now we're forced to take action."

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"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."
"We have to make certain we're not dominant and irrelevant at the same time. Dominant in a past form of warfare that is no longer relevant."
"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. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling."

“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
"We have to make certain we're not dominant and irrelevant at the same time. Dominant in a past form of warfare that is no longer relevant."
"There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great."
"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."

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"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."
"Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit"
"I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word."
"The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot."
"Marines don't know how to spell the word defeat."

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"A lot of crises and even wars, have started from miscalculation. So while it's important we make clear what we stand for … it's also important that our adversaries know what we absolutely will not tolerate. And by making that clear, you're less apt to have somebody stumble into a situation where now we're forced to take action."
"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."
"You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon."
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
“There is only one ‘retirement plan’ for terrorists.”
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