RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Some comments made by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of Operation Desert Storm, during a recent interview with The Times and in other conversations:
* On comparing the leadership of North Vietnam in the 1960s to Iraq's today: "I certainly don't give the Iraqis much credit. Ho Chi Minh and Gen. (Vo Nguyen) Giap didn't live in luxury, didn't have seven different palaces, didn't drive white Mercedes like Saddam Hussein. Hanoi had an entirely different class of leadership."
* On Iraq's military capability: "When you added up the numbers of people and numbers of tanks and numbers of airplanes, their capability looked quite good. A good military commander is not going to assume away anything. But I think their capability was probably overblown to begin with."
* On American soldiers coming to Saudi Arabia: "The world predicted, 'Oh my goodness, culturally the Americans are really going to step in it over there. There're going to be drunken soldiers rolling around inside the souk. ' It hasn't happened. The fact that we have culturally respected this area cannot be ignored in the Arab world."