He's being called the most revered marine in a generation from the Marine Corps Times. He's Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense --- General James "Mad Dog" Mattis.
"This is the guy that Barack Obama fired for good reason, because --- I want to get this exactly right --- he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way," Glenn said sarcastically Friday on his radio program.
Actually General Mattis was fired for disagreeing with Obama's stance on the Iran Deal. General Mattis, you might say, is an outspoken military man who let's his opinions be known.
"Can I read some of his quotes?" Glenn asked Friday on radio.
Here are just a few of the general's more memorable comments:
I don't lose any sleep at night over potential for failure. I can't even spell the word.
I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery, and I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes. If you "F" with me, I will kill you all.
Demonstrate to the world that there is no better friend, no worse enemy than a US marine.
There's nothing better than getting shot at and missed. Seriously, it's really great.
"I have to tell you, this is what our military is missing," Glenn said.
Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: This is bad. If this happens -- if "Mad Dog" Mattis, General James Mattis --
STU: I mean, obviously a lot of talk about that.
GLENN: Yeah. But if this happens, this is bad. He's being called the most revered marine in a generation from the Marine Corps Times. So you wouldn't want a guy like that in. You know --
GLENN: -- may I just say how spooky -- can I read some of his quotes?
STU: Oh, no.
GLENN: You're not going to like this guy. Now, first of all, this is the guy that Barack Obama fired for good reason, because -- I want to get this exactly right. He rubbed civilian officials the wrong way.
STU: Oh, no. No. Don't do it.
GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. So let me show you the rabid mad dog that may be joining us on the war front.
Try this quote: I don't lose any sleep at night over potential for failure. I can't even spell the word.
The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some A-holes in the world that do need to be shot.
I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery, and I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes. If you F with me, I will kill you all.
Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment in American democracy and kill every one of them until they're so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.
GLENN: That is the guy. This is shock and awe.
STU: And this -- this is -- you know -- there's a long process that goes to, you know, finalizing a Secretary of Defense. Not to mention some legal challenges because of an old rule with General Mattis. But, I mean, this is being praised by even some Democrats. And not because -- he's just well-respected.
GLENN: This is where we're going to see Donald Trump's backbone, is when all of these guys go to be confirmed.
STU: Right. But Mattis looks like he's going to do well.
GLENN: Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
JEFFY: Think about it.
GLENN: You're part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.
There are hunters, and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience, and alertness, you will decide if you're a hunter or a victim.
No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it's over. We may declare it over. But, in fact, the enemy gets a vote.
There's nothing better than getting shot at and missed. Seriously, it's really great.
You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it's going to be bad.
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 -- it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot at 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'd be right up there, however, because I like brawling.
GLENN: I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we did here for 10,000 years.
Demonstrate to the world that there is no better friend, no worst enemy than a US marine.
Fight happy, with a happy heart and a strong spirit.
I have to tell you, this is what our military is missing.
GLENN: Now, I don't want monsters. I don't want people who love killing, but I want people who, when they're faced with a bad guy, oh, yeah. I don't mind killing you.
You're a bad guy, who is trying to kill us and take away our freedoms. Yeah, I'm going to kill you. And I'm going to kill you fast. And I'm going to kill you in such a way that everybody around you goes, oh, my gosh. I don't want any of that.
STU: Yeah. This looks like a great pick.
GLENN: Great pick.
STU: Again, long process to get there. Rumors and everything will fly. However, great -- very well-respected. Seemingly one of the best picks so far. And a guy -- there's a weird law passed in I think the '40s and '50s that says you have to be retired for seven years as a general to get one of these cabinet positions. Which is a -- I would like to -- I've not tracked down yet. I just heard it on TV, and I didn't --
GLENN: When was he fired?
STU: 2013, I think.
STU: So -- but I think, even Democrats are saying, yeah, we'll probably overturn it for this guy. We'll probably get a waiver. There's been one other waiver I think in history, maybe -- in the '50s.
GLENN: So this guy -- okay. So I'm -- remember I told you I was with a farmer friend over the holiday?
GLENN: So I was with this farmer friend, he is the most soft-spoken, nicest guy, serves in his church every Sunday, and works, you know, at the church on Saturdays as well. Hard-working. Nice guy.
GLENN: He was lieutenant -- he was a lieutenant colonel -- yeah, lieutenant colonel in the Air Force.
And he said, "What do you think of 'Mad Dog' Mattis?"
And I said, "From what I know, I like him."
And he said, "Yeah, I like anybody whose call sign is 'Mad Dog.'" He said, "You know, you don't pick your call sign. That's -- they pick it for you. Your buddies pick it for you based on who you are."
And I said, "What was your call sign?" And he said, "Mad Dog."
And I thought -- and I said, "You were 'Mad Dog'?"
He said, "I was a very different man in the military."
He is the quietest, nicest, politest guy you could ever -- not a mad dog.
And I thought, "What was this general like when they gave him -- if this is who he is now, what was he when he was, you know, a grunt, when he was coming up in the ranks and he was called 'Mad Dog'?"
STU: Well, he is loved by the military.
GLENN: Oh, I know he is. I know he is.
STU: Loved. And what a great -- look, there's a lot of things you might have issues with. You know, and who knows? But what a great change from -- from a president who objectively -- while I'm sure he -- you know, Obama obviously just did not have the same sort of respect that many of us have for the military --
GLENN: No, hang on. That's not the problem. Excuse the slang here. But he sissified. He sissified us. He made us into schoolmarms. He made us into a very sensitive bunch of people that I don't want to -- no. No. That's not what your military -- that might be what the -- the civilian force is like, saying, "Hey, hey, hey. Don't open the door for this military because they're madmen back there. Don't."
You want a disciplined set of -- you want a killing machine that is disciplined and under control. You can have heart, but when you open that door, you should be opening up the gates of hell.
I don't understand. If we don't -- if we don't change the culture of our military, we're doomed.
Now, the question is: Can we change the -- I mean, I would really -- it would be very interesting to see if we teach the Christian ethics again. Remember, that was one of the first things Barack Obama did.
PAT: Was to stop that.
GLENN: Yeah, he took out Christian ethics as one of -- that was a required course for everybody at West Point and everybody where else. You had to take the ethics class.
I can't remember -- do you remember what it was called, Pat? It wasn't Christian ethics.
PAT: I can't remember.
GLENN: But it was based on Christianity. That we're not fighting for vengeance or any of that. And he stopped that immediately. Which, when you're sissifying a bunch of battle people, why wouldn't you keep that in? Unless you had a problem with religion. And so we took that out. And that was what really tempered us.
So it will be interesting to see if we reinstate that class because we need that class more than ever. Because if we have a bunch of people who -- whose instinct is vengeance, whose instinct is, "Get them. Make them pay," it needs to be tempered. And we put the teeth back into this military. We better be really careful. Make sure we put them back in the way they were in the first place.
STU: I will say too that this pick has very little in common with a person who is not an interventionalist or a person who is going to hold back and avoid conflict. Now, Mattis is very balanced and very smart.
GLENN: Hang on.
STU: But, again, a supporter of our conflicts.
GLENN: Hang on. Hang on.
Pat, you and I are more interventionalist than probably you guys, right? Pat and I are both: Close down our bases overboard seas. Come home. I don't want anything to do with anybody else.
Pat, I am the president of the United States and I think it would be the same with you, you're my adviser, do you think that I would want you to come in with a bunch of namby-pamby guys in the Defense Department or people who have been in the worst battles in the history of America and know it and know that war is to kill the other guy faster than they can kill you?
PAT: Definitely that.
STU: Again, to me, it's just another piece of evidence that he is closer to the average Republican in -- in these matters, than he is --
GLENN: Not necessarily.
STU: -- to the Democratic positions he had leading into the --
GLENN: Because you could say -- I mean, look, I want to stop the wars. And I want to bring people home. So I'm going to put the biggest bad guy in I could find. I don't mean bad guy, but biggest war dog I could find, who is going to make my military rough and tumble again. Because here's what's going to happen. I'm going to go finish those wars so I can bring everybody home. And I'm going to finish them in such a way that everybody goes, "Good God Almighty, don't mess with them."
STU: And it's consistent with what he said, for example, ISIS. Right? Like, I'm going to bomb the hell out of -- like that type of attitude.
GLENN: Right. Right. Finish it. Bomb them, fight them. Kill them. Finish it. Come home, and you won't have to go back.
I think this is a great pick.
STU: Right. I'm with you.
JEFFY: That's kind of -- I mean, that's Donald Trump's way forever anyway. I'll destroy you, and then, ah, you're okay now. I've destroyed you. I beat you. You're down. I'll talk to you.
PAT: Well, you know --
GLENN: Well, he doesn't do that with everybody.
PAT: No. Not everybody.
GLENN: Not everybody. Mitt Romney.
JEFFY: It's funny that you say that.
GLENN: But he hasn't done that with everybody.
PAT: He does claim he's a counterpuncher though, and that's what you want now, right? That's what we want.
PAT: We don't want to go out and get our fat face into everybody's business. But if you attack us, we're going to hit back so hard, you'll never do that again.
GLENN: Right. I don't want a guy who wants vengeance.
GLENN: But I do want a guy who, when you punch me in the face --
PAT: We're coming after you.
GLENN: -- I'm going to break your arms and your legs and maybe snap your neck.
PAT: We're coming after you. Yeah.
GLENN: Don't ever punch us in the face.
Featured Image: US President-elect Doanld Trump poses for a photo with US Marines General (Ret.) James Mattis James Mattis and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on the steps of the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)