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NEW YORK - Thrust unexpectedly into the role of prison guards for Saddam Hussein, a group of young American soldiers found the deposed Iraqi leader to be a friendly, talkative "clean freak" who loved Raisin Bran for breakfast, did his own laundry and insisted he was still president of Iraq, says a report published on Monday.
GQ magazine's July issue says Saddam greatly admired President Reagan and thought President Clinton was "OK," but had harsh words for both President Bushes, each of whom went to war against him.
"The Bush father, son, no good," one of the soldiers, Cpl. Jonathan "Paco" Reese, 22, of Millville, Pa., quotes Saddam as saying. But his fellow GI, Specialist Sean O'Shea, then 19, says Saddam later softened that view.
Originally posted by Vis Mega
And I didn't know that the whole "booty slapping" motion sybolising sex made popular by hip hop music had caught on in the Arab world,
"He had germophobia or whatever you call it" said Dawson, 25, of Berwick, Pa."
Saddam prayed five times a day in his cell and kept a Quran that he claimed to have found in some rubble near the underground hideout. "He proudly showed (it) to the boys because it was burned around the edges and had a bullet hole in it," the story says.
"tried to flee in a taxicab as the tanks were rolling in,"
"He'd always tell us he was still the president. That's what he thinks, One hundred percent," says Dawson.
Bush backs Saddam exile plans
By Stewart Powell in Washington
February 1 2003
" Mr Bush said he hoped international pressure would convince Saddam to relinquish power. "Should he choose to leave the country, along with a lot of the other henchmen ... we would welcome that, of course."
But Mr Bush said his aim remained to disarm Iraq, regardless of who was the leader."
To sweeten exile, the Bush Administration has delayed any decision on war crimes charges against Saddam, leaving open the possibility that he could avoid a war crimes prosecution similar to former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic."
Originally posted by Gazrok
Saddam was known for body doubles and likeness doubles. During the war, we saw a couple of them if you will recall...
You just have to accept the fact that many people here don't live in the real world and see conspiracies everywhere. For me threads like this are a good laugh, however it does expose the lowering of the IQ of the US people.