Sunday, March 30, 2003

Fisk: Saddamagrad and Iraqi military strategy
'"They have come to destroy our country and we must stand and destroy them and defend our people and our country ... Cut their throats ... They are coming to take our land. But when they try to enter our cities, they try to avoid a battle with our forces and to stay outside the range of our weapons."'

'The sheer amount of military and statistical detail coming from the Iraqi authorities is beginning to make the US Centcom information boys look like chumps.'

'By this morning, the Americans could be outside Baghdad. But in military terms they might as well be in Kuwait... In Baghdad, it's easy to see not just how badly the Americans and British have miscalculated, but it's also possible to imagine just how long President Saddam and his army and Baath party militias can endure'

'Of Tony Blair, he said jovially yesterday: "I think the British nation has never been faced with a tragedy like this fellow."'

'"The whole American strategic plan is based on triggering a coup so they don't have to fight in Baghdad.'

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