US WILL LOSE
THE IRAQ WAR
-SAYS SCOTT RITTER
by Fintan Dunne, Editor
Thorn in the
side of the American administration, and former UN
weapons inspector Scott
Ritter, has warned that America will lose the
Iraq war and the American
military: "will leave Iraq with its tail
between its legs."
interview with Irish radio, Mr. Ritter said that the conflict
would become an
"absolute quagmire," and the US-UK advance would
stall outside Bhagdad and
fail to capture the city.
"We find ourselves... facing a nation of 23
million, with armed
elements numbering around 7 million --who are
concentrated at urban
areas. We will not win this fight. America will loose
this war," said
According to Mr. Ritter, too many in the
Pentagon have listened to:
"the blithering of Iraqi expatriates," whose
agenda coincides with
neo-conservatives in the White House.
Iraq --carrying out the right-wing neo-conservative
motives of a handful of
people. The Richard Perle's, Paul
Wolfowitz's; the Dick Cheney's. And we've
allowed them to hijack our
foreign policy," he told Irish broadcaster,
Vincent Browne on the
RTE1 radio "Tonight Show."
He warned that Shia
Muslims in the South were not fighting because
of intimidation by the Iraqi
government, but because of nationalistic
"They're doing it because, the American Crusader Infidel has
and violated Holy Iraq, and they will resist us, and they will
us strongly," said Mr. Ritter. "We are not liberating Iraq, we
destroying Iraq," he added later in the interview.
is a former U.N. weapons inspector and author of the
book "Endgame." Ritter,
a ballistic missile technology expert, worked
in military intelligence during
his 12-year career in the U.S. armed
forces. In 1998, Ritter resigned from
the U.N. Special Commissions
team to protest Clinton Administration policies
that he said
subverted the weapons inspection process.
& Audio follows below.
Discussion of situation in Iraq
Tonight Show, on RTE1 24th March, 2003
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are you surprised by how
the assault in Iraq is going?
" No actually, I wrote a paper that was published last Fall,
predicted just this. And I'm a little disturbed in listening to
of the analysis going along here.
I think that one of the reasons
the American find themselves in such
difficulties in Iraq, is that so many in
the Pentagon have listened
to the... blithering of Iraqi expatriots who have
--rightly so-- against Saddam Hussein, and who think that it's a)
role of the United States to liberate Iraq; and b) think that
Iraqi people want us to liberate them from Saddam.
And I think
that the harsh reality is that in buying off on the
expectations of being
greeted in the streets of Iraq with song and
flowers... we now find we are
being greeted with bullets and bombs.
And it's the Shia in the south who
are fighting us. They're not doing
it because Chemical Ali is down there with
his death squads
threatening to execute 'em.
They're doing it because,
the American Crusader Infidel has invaded
and violated Holy Iraq, and they
will resist us, and they will resist
And no matter how
many Iraqi's we kill and slaughter, I predict that
America will loose this
war and ultimately the American military will
leave Iraq with its tail
between its legs.
Unfortunately, we're going to inflict a tremenduous
amount of death
and destruction on the people of Iraq; the American soldiers
Marines will also pay a price.
And all those who sit outside of
Iraq and courageously encourage
Americans to go in and slaughter Iraqi's
should be ashamed of
"...You think the
Americans will loose this war? "
" We lost
Remember we can kill many, many Iraqui's and we will do so.
But I am
telling you right now, that we do not have sufficient combat power
Iraq --as we speak-- to win this battle. So we will have to
The current posture, in terms of American
deployment, is predicated
on a presumption that the Iraqi Army would
surrender; that the Iraqi
people would welcome; that the international
community would support.
The exact opposite is happening.
we find ourselves with fewer than 120,000 boots on the
ground; facing a
nation of 23 million, with armed elements numbering
around 7 million --who
are concentrated at urban areas.
We will not win this fight. America will
loose this war.
Saddam Hussein may die... But you know what?
betting that Saddam's gonna be around a lot longer than anyone can
I'm betting that we don't capture Bhagdad.
that we stall outside Bhagdad.
I'm betting that this becomes an absolute
I hope I'm wrong, for the sake of the American lives that are
to be lost. Remember I'm a 12 year veteran of the Marine Corps.
fought in the first Gulf War. I know what war is about. I know
defending my country is about.
This is a bad war, because it has
nothing to do with the defense of
the United States of America. Iraq doesn't
have weapons of mass
destruction. The Bush Administration has pulled an
enormous lie to
the international community; to the American
And now we're in Iraq --carrying out the right-wing
motives of a handful of people; the Richard Perle's,
Wolfowitz's; the Dick Cheney's. And we've allowed them to hijack
And they've been cheered on by these Iraqi
expatriots, who have zero
credibility in my eyes. They're so brave and they
liberated... Then my goodness man, go to Iraq... fight and die
your country... But don't ask Americans to do it.
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