Defense Secretary James Mattis has a reputation as a no-nonsense public speaker, and perhaps one of the most quotable war fighters of the modern era. During his tenure in the United States Marine Corps, Mattis secured his place in the hearts of American service members with memorable statements like, “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f— with me, I’ll kill you all.”
Of course, not everyone has shared in the military’s enthusiasm for Mattis-isms. In 2005, the Marine General earned the ire of some lawmakers and pundits alike when he was speaking about fighting in Afghanistan.
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