General James N. Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, talks during a news conference following his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The 3 Most Awesome General James Mattis Quotes

Not since Donald Rumsfeld have we had such a quotable Secretary of Defense nominee. Here are his top three greatest quotes.

1. “When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she’s dating a p**sy”

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

and as a bonus

4. “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.”

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