3 Quotations by Gen. James Mattis: 1. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” (Here).
2. “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.” (Here)
3. “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.” (Here).

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The New York Times 4 Nov. 2013: Our culture has militarized considerably since Eisenhower’s era, and civilians, not the armed services, have been the principal cause. Americans are subjected to a daily diet of stories that valorize the military while the storytellers pursue their own opportunistic political and commercial agendas. For non-veterans — including about four-fifths of all members of Congress — there is only unequivocal, unhesitating adulation. The political costs of anything else are just too high. I have several times written on the US Military-industrial Complex - the last time here.

In 1961, Pres. Eisenhower  warned against the military industrialist complex.

What is that complex?
Wikipedia
: It is  is a concept commonly used to refer to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base that supports them.
The term is sometimes used more broadly to include the entire network of contracts and flows of money and resources among individuals as well as corporations and institutions of the defense contractors, The Pentagon, the Congress and executive branch. This sector is intrinsically prone to principal–agent problem, moral hazard, and rent seeking. Cases of political corruption have also surfaced with regularity.

The following video informs how an unsuccessful  military industrial complex after the Vietnam war has cast the US into war upon war, now  launching regime change wars to maintain the illusion of US military world hegemony for the sake of money. Pres. Obama is a full fledged puppet of this ideology. Nevertheless, the US fleets of aircraft, aircraft carriers etc and boots on the ground are said to have proven to be useless in the Middle East!!

First about The Aspen Institute
It was founded by the globalist Carnegie and Ford Foundations alongside with the globalist Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Wikipedia). Its board comprises names like the former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Condoleeza Rice, as well as Queen Noor of Jordan. It has a host of commisions to promote globalism - i.a. it surveys the US Department of Homeland Security! Aspen Institute teaches the atheist religion of humanism to the business world.

Alternet 25 July 2013. The Top US security people  have met at the Security Forum at the Aspen Institute to support each other after the “Snowdengate” Affair.

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They were attempting to establish legal groundwork for expanding the war on terror.
A parade of American securitocrats from administrations both past and present appeared on stage to defend endless global warfare and condemn Edward Snowden.

The following video shows a sensible General James Mattis  being interviewed with Wolf Blitzer (CNN). This impression is invigorated here. To this comes that the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of  Staff, General Martin Dempsey, is elsewhere strongly warning the US against attacking Syria.

Another forum sponsor was Academi, the private, violent mercenary (e.g. Monsanto) corporation formerly known as Blackwater. The Aspen Institute did not respond to my questions about whether accepting sponsorship from such an unsavory entity fit within its ethical guidelines.

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John Ashcroft (right), the former Attorney General who prosecuted the war on terror under the administration of George W. Bush, appeared at Aspen as a board member of Academi/Blackwater (Monsanto´s intelligence and boots on the ground).
Responding to a question about U.S. over-reliance on the “kinetic” approach of drone strikes and special forces, Ashcroft reminded the audience that the U.S. also likes to torture terror suspects, not just “exterminate” them.
He proceeded to boast about the pain inflicted on detainees during long CIA torture sessions.

Hayden

NSA chief Michael Hayden (left), who emphasized the importance of Obama’s drone assassinations, at least in countries the U.S. has deemed to be Al Qaeda havens. “People in Pakistan? I think that’s very clear. Kill ‘em. People in Yemen? The same. Kill ‘em.”

“We don’t smoke [drug] cartel leaders but personally I’d support it,” remarked Philip Mudd, the former deputy director of Bush’s Counterterrorism Center, earning more guffaws from his fellow panelists. Ironically, Mudd was attempting to argue that counter-terror should no longer be a top U.S. security priority because it poses less of a threat to Americans than synthetic drugs and child obesity. Nevertheless, terror is the public motivation for the war on terror which costs the lives of hundreds of thousands of lives)!).

Reflection was not on the agenda for most of the Security Forum’s participants. The clamoring about U.S. invasions, drone strikes, bankrolling of Israel’s occupation, and general political meddling, could all be written off as fevered anti-Americanism borne from the desert canyons of the paranoid Arab mind.

Wolf Blitzer (CNN) mentioned that Egypt’s new military-imposed foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, had been a fixture in Washington during the Mubarak days. “I assume from the U.S. perspective, the United States is so much more happy with this.”

With the revolts blurring the old boundaries imposed on the Arab world during the late colonial era, former CIA director John McLaughlin rose from the audience to call for the U.S. to form a secret, Sikes-Picot-style commission to draw up a new set of borders.

Jim Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq: was asked why the U.S. should remain militarily involved in the region. Without hesitation, he rattled off the reasons: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and “world oil markets.”

Alexander keith

NSA General Alexander Keith in full uniform with all his distinctions: Corporations like AT&T, Google and Microsoft that had been compelled to hand over customer data to the NSA “know that we’re saving lives. And that’s good for business because there’s more people out there who can buy their products.”

“We have more oversight on this [PRISM] program than any other program in any government that I’m aware of,” Alexander proclaimed.

In the last year, FISA courts received 1,856 applications for surveillance from the government. In 100 percent of cases, they were approved. As for Congress, only two senators, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, demanded the NSA explain why PRISM was necessary or questioned its legality.

Comments
The military industrial complex consists of 3 wings: The military, the industry and their bankers, and the politicians. They all seem to be very hard and clannish guys - but some of the generals  - in spite of their harsh words -seem to be the ones who have learnt from the past, trying to keep blood-thirsty politicians off the war path. However, one does have the impression that these fellows consider the globe to be their private playground, where little boys are to be bullied.