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Saddam Hussein - CIA Interrogation

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Some interesting revelations in the new book on Saddam Husseins interrogation by the CIA

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4044216/CIA-agent-grilled-Saddam-Hussein-says-thought-knew-man-WRONG.html

Perhaps the most interesting bit is that the dictators grasp on Iraq in his final years was not as firm as usually been portayed.  In particular family feuds look to have fatally weakened the regime before the US armed forces toppled it.

Saddam actually though 9/11 would end the long hostility between the USA and Iraq because the Americans would need to support secular governments in the Middle East. Boy did he get that one wrong. What he failed to take into account was the greed, mendacity and sheer stupidity of the western leaders he was up against at the time.

 

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His two sons were by all accounts completely deranged with less of the somewhat higher charisma and talent their father had. Better to contain and help rather than wage war and vainly try to run the place like we recklessly did.

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