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.”
In an interview with Irish radio, Mr. Ritter said that the conflict would become an “absolute quagmire,” and the US-UK advance would stall outside Baghdad 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 Mr. Ritter.
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.
“We’re in 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 and religious reasons.
They’re doing it because, the American Crusader Infidel has invaded and violated Holy Iraq, and they will resist us, and they will resist us strongly,” said Mr. Ritter. “We are not liberating Iraq, we are destroying Iraq,” he added later in the interview.
Scott Ritter, 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.
Vincent Browne: “Scott Ritter… are you surprised by how the assault in Iraq is going?”
Scott Ritter: “No actually, I wrote a paper that was published last Fall, that predicted just this. And i’m a little disturbed in listening to some 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 spoken out –rightly so– against Saddam Hussein, and who think that it’s a) the role of the United States to liberate Iraq; and b) think that the 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 us strongly.
”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 and 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 themselves.”
Vincent Browne: “…You think the Americans will loose this war? ”
Scott Ritter: ” We lost Vietnam….
”Remember we can kill many, many Iraqi’s and we will do so. But I am telling you right now, that we do not have sufficient combat power in Iraq –as we speak– to win this battle. So we will have to reinforce considerably.
”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.
”And now 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?
”I’m betting that Saddam’s gonna be around a lot longer than anyone can predict.
”I’m betting that we don’t capture Baghdad.
”I’m betting that we stall outside Baghdad.
”I’m betting that this becomes an absolute quagmire.
”I hope I’m wrong, for the sake of the American lives that are going to be lost. Remember I’m a 12 year veteran of the Marine Corps. I fought in the first Gulf War. I know what war is about. I know what 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 people.
”And now we’re in 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.
”And they’ve been cheered on by these Iraqi expatriots, who have zero credibility in my eyes. They’re so brave and they want Iraq liberated… Then my goodness man, go to Iraq… fight and die for your country… But don’t ask Americans to do it.”