Here's the advice Gen. Mattis offered his troops on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom before leading them into battle:
"Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression . . .
"Use good judgment and act in the best interests of our Nation. You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit . . . .
"If [Iraqi soldiers] choose to fight they are going to regret it, but we also believe that part of the physicians’ oath that says first do no harm. If, to kill a terrorist, we have got to kill eight innocent people, you don’t kill them."
and what else does this article author, Fr Michael Reilley write?
The anti-military media would rather portray Gen. Mattis as a Ghengis Khan, Jr., executing the policies of a reckless cowboy President who's leading the nation to disaster.
Oddly enough, some of the same pundits calling for Mattis to step down are defending Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado professor who described 9/11 victims as "little Eichmann’s” who deserved what they got.