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The Dark Side Of “Mad Dog” Mattis



by William Thomas



James “Mad Dog” Mattis earned his sobriquet after ordering the first horrific attack on the residents of Fallujah.



Initially arguing against an all-out marine assault as collective reprisal for the brutal killing of four Blackwater USA mercenaries  whose buddies enjoyed loud rock music while randomly firing randomly into Iraqi cars  Gen. Mattis ordered an all-out bombardment and street-by-street advance that “indiscriminately killed men, women, children, the elderly and disabled alike. Civilians waving white flags of surrender were cut down by snipers, who also targeted ambulances carrying the wounded and dying to the few functioning clinics not destroyed by US bombs,” reported Aaron Glantz..



Falujah was primarily a terror operation against 275,000 innocent civilians living in the city. More than 200,000 civilians were displaced from their homes during the November siege, and over 75% of the city was destroyed,” Thomas Müller reported.


American reporter, Dahr Jamail, told Glantz that he’d “personally witnessed women, children, elderly people and ambulances being targeted by U.S. snipers under Mattis’ command.” Jamail described “witnessing of an endless stream of women and children who had been shot by the US soldiers” – including “an 18-year-old girl” shot through the neck, her 10-year-old brother shot in his head by a Marine sniper,  another small child also shot by a sniper, and his grandmother, “shot as she was attempting to carry children from their home.” Jamail relates how “she lay on a bed dying, still clutching a bloodied white surrender flag” during what was supposedly a cease-fire.


When you see a child, 5 years old with no head, what (can you) say? demanded Dr. Salam Ismael, head of Iraq’s young doctors association. So many civilians were killed that a local soccer stadium was turned into a makeshift graveyard. Many other victims “were left to rot in the streets where they were killed because Marine snipers would shoot relatives or others who tried to retrieve the bodies,” Glabtz also learned.


“More than 12 years later, I still remember the smell of bodies left to rot in the streets for weeks because they could be buried only after the Marines withdrew. Iraqi doctors told me that when they tried to bury bodies during breaks in the fighting, American snipers on rooftops would shoot at them,” Aaron Glantz recalls .


The Iraqi army refused to fight alongside Mattis’ Marines, while members of the hand-picked Iraqi Governing Council threatened to quit. The U.N.’s envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, threatened to resign, saying, “Collective punishment is certainly unacceptable and the siege of the city is absolutely unacceptable.” At least 600 civilians were killed during Operation Vigilant Resolve. Mattis’ top deputy, Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne boasted to reporters, “The fact that there are 600 goes back to the fact that the Marines are very good at what they do.”


But Gabor Rona, an international law professor at Columbia University in New York, says these atrocities “are war crimes. Applying the doctrine of command responsibility, Gen. Mattis would be responsible.” 


Before Mattis left Iraq, he personally authorized an air strike on a wedding party near the Syrian border. The May 19, 2004 attack killed 42 civilians, including 13 children. Survivor Haleema Shihab recounts how American warplanes acting on Mattis’ orders targeted the celebrants “one by one” – and how she had to leave two of her dead sons behind – one of them decapitated by shrapnel. 

Despite a verified home video showing a dozen white pickup trucks escorting a bridal car decorated with colorful ribbons, and the bride wearing white dress and veil ushered into the house by a group of women  where they would soon be killed – Mattis insisted that all the victims of his airstrike were “military-age” males. The general later told military historian Bing West that it had taken him less than 30 seconds to deliberate whether to wipe out that location.


As if to clarify matters, in widely-reported remarks on February 1, 2005, Mattis told a forum in San Diego: “Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.”



On November 19 that same year, Marine occupation forces reacted to the roadside-bombing death of a popular lance corporal by executing 24 men, women and children – aged 1 to 76 – in HadithaDue to Mattis’ personal intervention what was clearly a war crime under domestic and international law, not a single Marine who participated in the “My Lai massacre of the Iraq War” was jailed, Brett Wilkins reported.


Mattis later granted clemency to three Marines convicted of conspiracy to commit the premeditated kidnapping and murder of a disabled civilian in Hamdania, after shooting 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad four-times in the head while his hands and feet were bound – before planting a weapon and shovel on their innocent victim in a botched attempt to set up the disabled man as a roadside bomber.


Mattis retired as Commander of U.S. Central Command under Obama in March 2013 after his commander in chief opposed Mattis’ call for another “surge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. 

Trump called Mattis back. But after strongly objecting to the president’s sudden decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria and draw down forces in Afghanistan without consulting any of his advisers, Gen. Mattis resigned again, effective February 28, 2019. 

Trump fired him for insubordination on January 1st.


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