"Iraq is going to lose and they're going to lose big time."
H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF
& Desert Storm commander
"It was my first time in combat. What can I say? For me, I'm going to do my job. I'm going to kill them; they're not going to kill me unless I do something stupid."
CAPT. ERIC SALOMONSON
"I wrote a letter to my ex-wife telling her I really did love her even if it didn't work out. I wrote a letter to my 4-year-old son explaining what war is. I wanted him to know I tried to give him some insight if I don't make it back for some crazy reason."
' ARMY SGT. RICK GONZALES
"Our strategy to go after this army is very, very simple. First, we're going to cut if off, and then we're going to kill it."
GEN. COLIN POWELL
/# Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"I'm proud of my dad. I'll be prouder when he's home. I miss him."
) RICARDO FLORES JR., age 6
"I couldn't hang up until I heard the line disconnect. It was like I wanted to cling on to every second I have with him because I don't know if I'm ever going to see him again -- at least not the same boy who left here."
of Hillendale, mother of
Howard L. B. Connolly and
Sean B. Connolly, both of whom
' served in the gulf
"We heard one of the pilots saying on the radio, 'It was like a turkey shoot.' We passed that column the next day and it looked like
( MARINE CAPT. MIKE ETTORE
"Nobody slept the first night. Everyone is excited. I have a mixture of feelings -- glad that we might get rid of Saddam Hussein, but then I think of the horror of war, of innocents getting killed."
) a Kurdish exile in London
"Every time we hear there's a missile attack, our pulse beats a little faster. You worry 24 hours a day."
.' whose daughter lives in Israel
"Resistance? A few. But many, many prisoners. We do not know yet how many because we cannot yet count them all."
# an Egyptian officer
"Old habits die hard. I still automatically flip the light switch when I get home. Nothing happens, of course. I still turn the tap and expect water. Nothing."
A RESIDENT OF BAGHDAD
' during the bombing
"It won't be our home [again] if we don't bomb it. We're not too happy about it. It's not something anybody would like to do, really -- bomb their own country."
1ST LT. TALAL MADHHAR
a Kuwaiti pilot
"You have faced the whole world, brave Iraqis. You have won. . . . You are victorious."
-! the day before the cease-fire
"Hah! As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier.
Other than that, he's a great
ARMY GEN. H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF
& Desert Storm commander