Some People Need Killin'

So, General Mattis offended the Washington Press Corps by saying what most soldiers know is true -- some people need killin', and there is some satisfaction in serving that need.

Varifrank puts these comments in perspective by offering some quotes from great American military leaders, like Admiral Halsey:

“Before we are through with them, the Japanese language will only be spoken in hell.”

Well, that's not very sensitive at all, Admiral.

And of course Patton tops that. Why on earth would he call the Japanese "purple-pissing"? What the hell does that even mean?

More... Great piece about Mattis, and the thesis that some people need killin', at NRO.

And he quotes King Henry's (Shakespeare-penned) St. Crispin's Day speech before the battle of Agincourt.

For which such poetry-quothing some commenters will undoubtedly call him a "pussy." (Hee-- still a little sensitive about that!)

Posted by: Ace at 03:27 PM



Comments

1 "War is the remedy my enemy has chosen, and I say let him have all of it that he will have."
William Tecumsa Sherman

If we only could!

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at February 09, 2005 03:38 PM (dhRpo)

2 Another from Admiral "Bull" Halsey, when asked his strategy, "Kill Japs, kill Japs, and kill more Japs!"

Posted by: RapidTransit at February 09, 2005 03:43 PM (huExq)

3 "War is hell."

General William Tecumseh Sherman

Posted by: Dan-O at February 09, 2005 04:17 PM (yMnY4)

4 'Purple-pissing' is a reference to VD treatments of the time. Lavage with gentian violet used to be used against some STDs, notably candidiasis and gonorrhoea.

Posted by: David Gillies at February 09, 2005 05:00 PM (E/mqU)

5 "And Caesar’s ghost, roaming about in search of revenge, with hate at his side still hot from hell, will in these boundaries with a ruler’s voice cry ‘HAVOC’ and let slip the dogs of war, so that this terrible action will smell above the earth, with rotting corpses, begging to be buried.”


Posted by: MID SUMMER NIGHTS AMISH at February 09, 2005 05:07 PM (24Tg7)

6 At least he wasn't quoting Robert Frost or Maya Angelou! I mean there is gay, and then there is all the way gay.

Posted by: senator philabuster at February 09, 2005 05:24 PM (yucew)

7 David,

Thanks for that. I was wonderin'.

I thought maybe it was some reference to a contaminant in Japanese sea food that occasionally made them piss purple.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2005 05:35 PM (5qmzg)

8 That amish guy above me isnt the real me. The only poetry i know is of the dirty limerick variety. I feel violated.

Posted by: sincerest form of Amish at February 09, 2005 07:53 PM (5dhtz)

9 Nice post, Ace. Linked here.

Posted by: Patrick O'Hannigan at February 09, 2005 08:20 PM (sbnBd)

10 Why doesn't someone ask CAIR, "What precisely is wrong with taking pleasure in ridding the world of people so depraved that they beat and stone women for 'immodesty'?"

Posted by: Simon Oliver Lockwood at February 09, 2005 08:54 PM (Ag39z)

11 Quoting Shakespearian fiction in support of a real situation? Er, yeah, ok.

By the way - every other quote I've seen raised in support does not even come close to saying it's fun to kill some people. FUN. Don't you get it?

When the guy in charge is running around killing people for fun, you gotta wonder...

Posted by: Adamant at February 10, 2005 08:12 AM (Kk+xJ)

12 FUN. Don't you get it?

God you sound like such a clueless priss.

This is not sniping hapless college students from a clock tower, its war.

This is WAR, don't you get it??
Do you want your brother, a Marine, to wince and turn away when he pulls the trigger? Would you prefer he is an emotionless automaton?

I'd want him to know he's doing the right thing, and yes- enjoy exterminating vermin.

Posted by: lauraw at February 10, 2005 10:05 AM (Pdrx3)

13 People tend to forget Patton was by far the best-read of all American generals. He was a military genius, and you can bet every crude comment was amde for a reason.

I think "fun" was certainly implied.

Posted by: TallDave at February 10, 2005 11:40 AM (2VQaM)

14 "We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cock suckers by the bushel-fucking-basket." -- Patton

Adamant, now doesn't THAT sound like FUN?

pussior.

Some people just need killing, and there's nothing wrong with saying that one derives a certain satisfaction from a job well done.

Posted by: hobgoblin at February 10, 2005 01:55 PM (2da3S)

15 "War means fightin', and fightin' means killin'."

Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

Posted by: railwriter at February 10, 2005 10:19 PM (gvXzj)

16
Check out this, if you want to see some good MARINE CORPS quotes. GOD BLESS the jarheads!:
http://www.montney.com/marine/quotes.htm




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