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As Obama Preaches Patience, Mattis Prepares for War With Iran (Overrules Gen)
The Daily Beast ^ | May 21, 2012 4:45 AM EDT | by Eli Lake

Posted on 05/21/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT by TexasCajun

Mattis wanted to send a third aircraft-carrier group to the Persian Gulf earlier this year, The Daily Beast has exclusively learned, in what would have been a massive show of force at a time when Iranian military commanders were publicly threatening to sink American ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The four-star Marine Corps general and CentCom commander believed the display could have deterred Iran from further escalating tensions, according to U.S. military officials familiar with his thinking.

But the president wanted to focus military resources on new priorities like China, and Mattis was told a third carrier group was not available to be deployed to the Gulf.

The carrier-group rebuff in January was one of several for the commander responsible for East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Working for the Obama administration, Mattis has often found himself the odd man out—particularly when it comes to Iran.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; jamesmattis; mulsim; nato; obama; traitor; waronterror
Those who have worked with Mattis say his views when it comes to Iran are more in line with those of America’s allies in the Persian Gulf and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than with his own government’s. At a recent charity event for Spirit of America, Mattis, known by admirers as the “warrior monk” and by detractors as “Mad Dog Mattis,” said his three top concerns in the Middle East were “Iran, Iran, and Iran.”
1 posted on 05/21/2012 12:36:07 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I suspect that the military holds jugears in utter contempt, and it is all they can do to control themselves from dealing with him as the national security threat that he is.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 12:44:04 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: thethirddegree

Gotta luv a General with the nickname ‘Mad Dog’.


3 posted on 05/21/2012 12:46:35 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Is the scenario in the Pacifc of 1940/41 replaying itself only this time centered around Iran? Will it play the same for us?


4 posted on 05/21/2012 12:48:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: TexasCajun
Best General in the Armed Force today. Should be either head of the Joint Chiefs or Nat. Security Adviser in the next Admin.

“I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.”
-Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

5 posted on 05/21/2012 12:55:37 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: TexasCajun
Mattis is like one of those General's you read about in the history books.....like a living legend. He knows what it takes to win and he says what's on his mind. He isn't married and he doesn't have a tv.

You won't hear him whining about how he needs more minority officers (like the Commandant) and you won't hear him boo-hooing about someone's feelings. He expects the consumate professional and he leads his men by example.

The same man that said "Engage your mind before you engage your weapon," also said "Be polite, be professional, and have a plan to kill everyone you meet."

And one of my favorites (as said to Iraqi leaders) "I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f#ck with me, I’ll kill you all."

It's a shame we can't weed out some of the yes men and limp wristed faggots in favor of more leaders like this.

6 posted on 05/21/2012 12:57:09 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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"Gotta luv a General with the nickname ‘Mad Dog’."

He doesn't sound like one. He took his marching orders from barry wtihout a peep. None of these generals are willing to risk their retirement pay by publicly breaking with the kenyan. Petraeus is another one who has gladly taken barry's handouts. It wouldn't surpise me if he ran as a Democrat in 2016.

7 posted on 05/21/2012 12:57:32 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: thethirddegree
I suspect that the military holds jugears in utter contempt, and it is all they can do to control themselves from dealing with him as the national security threat that he is.

And all we get from Congress is crickets chirping.

8 posted on 05/21/2012 12:58:05 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: lodi90
If I was Imanutjob, I be trembling in my boots at the prospect of "Mad Dog" Mattis at my doorstep.

Gen. Mattis sounds like a great soldier's soldier.

9 posted on 05/21/2012 1:09:33 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: thethirddegree

It has got to be HELL serving under a regime of incompetent America-hating Harvard-pointy-headed military strategerists and wannabe commies


10 posted on 05/21/2012 1:17:36 PM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: TexasCajun

“Mattis, known by admirers as the ‘warrior monk’ and by detractors as ‘Mad Dog Mattis,...”

Something tells me that this Devil Dog would approve of both nicknames.


11 posted on 05/21/2012 1:25:56 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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But it is just not possible for someone serving in the military to refuse orders from the CIC. He would be risking more than retirement pay - it would be a major offense against the law and morality if he were to rebel.

It is up to the civilian world to choose polical leaders and heads of state, then live with that choice. Obama is apparently lawfully in office. If there is something wrong in his elevation, it really is up to the Republican leaders to investigate, and their passivity on this issue is noticable. Unlike the general, they are not bound by obedience, indeed, their duty is to question.


12 posted on 05/21/2012 5:50:46 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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13 posted on 05/22/2012 5:04:19 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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The Warrior attitude.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 7:49:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: SJackson
Thanks for the ping.

Is Cyprus in this Generals Area of Operation?

15 posted on 05/22/2012 7:56:20 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: BlackVeil

Maybe I was a bit harsh on Mattis but Petraeus and McChrystal have a duty to spell it out. They haven’t. Their silence is very telling. Barry is going to use OBL and the troops as an election year prop and they have a duty to correct the historical record.


16 posted on 05/22/2012 8:28:31 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: TexasCajun

Me and Mattis were on the same boat in 1980 off Iran.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 9:44:01 AM PDT by RaceBannon (I wont vote for a gay marriage marxist gun grabber, or vote for Obama, either)
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Post 5: "“I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.
-Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

Honor comes to mind.
18 posted on 05/22/2012 4:16:04 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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