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Blunt-Spoken Marine General To Lead U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON (July 8) -- The general picked to oversee two wars and lead troops in the most strategically sensitive region in the world is sometimes known as "Mad Dog." At other times he's been "Chaos" and "Warrior Monk."

"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." Marine Gen. James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was named to take over U.S. Central Command today by Defense Secretary Robert Gates because of his "strategic insight and independent thinking." If confirmed, the head of Joint Forces Command -- who had planned to retire within weeks -- would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who recently became commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Gen. James Mattis was named on Thursday as the

Added: Jul-9-2010 Occurred On: Jul-9-2010
By: marinemom
Iraq, Afghanistan, LiveLeaks
Tags: gen. james mattis, USMC, U.S. Marine Corps, Marines, CENTCOM
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