The Generals Speak. (Articles)

By Cline, Elizabeth L.; Secret, Mosi | The Nation, October 21, 2002 | Go to article overview

The Generals Speak. (Articles)


Cline, Elizabeth L., Secret, Mosi, The Nation


Recent remarks on Iraq by retired military officers, most with combat experience in the Persian Gulf.

"There are people in this city that believe that the military campaign against Iraq will not be difficult, especially because of the enormous advances in technology and the willingness of some groups in Iraq to revolt once the campaign has begun. I am not as certain that a campaign of this nature will take this course. I certainly hope so.... The nightmare scenario is that six Iraqi Republican Guard divisions and six heavy divisions, reinforced with several thousand anti-aircraft artillery pieces, defend the city of Baghdad. The result would be high casualties on both sides, as well as in the civilian community."

 
--Gen. Joseph Hoar, 
Senate Armed Services Committee, September 23 

"Well, first of all, you have to understand that the Iraqi military is 400,000 active-duty people. Probably 300,000 of them you can discount, but you can't discount the 100,000 Republican Guard and Palace Guard. And not only are they a good military force, but they also have a lot of good equipment behind them. They're going to have over 8,000 tanks and armored personnel carriers, a large amount of artillery. It's not going to be an easy battle. And certainly I think that we will prevail, but I think it would be much more effective if we didn't have to do it alone.... During the Gulf War we had an international force. We had troops from many, many different nations involved, and that gave us a great deal of strength. …

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