@half: My mistake.
Shockingly, Mattis seems qualified.
Ye a few people take some of his quotes out of context to make him seem war/blood hungry and sometimes he does say some things that make you wonder.
some of his best ones are
""be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.""
"“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f--k with me, I’ll kill you all.”"
"“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.""
"“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.
“"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.”"
With the last one being one of his more questionable ones. But it was also one of the earliest quotes you can see after all the fighting and tours he really started to understand war and how it effects people and that fighting is not always the answer.