Tuesday, 13 November 2007

FBI agent says Saddam Hussein cried at last meeting

Following on from news from trustworthy sources such as Michael Yon about the success of the surge and the fact that the US is now starting to draw down its troop levels in Iraq comes this short and revealing piece about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

If you haven't worked it out yet, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is as good as won. Shiite militia are joining with Iraq's military and police forces and Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia has been routed with the help of the Iraqis themselves.

It's all good news.
After confessing to slaughtering 180,000 Kurds and plotting to build a doomsday nuke, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was so upset when his FBI interrogator left for home that he cried like a baby.

FBI Special Agent George Piro whipped out two Cuban Cohibas - Saddam's favorite cigar - and they smoked on the patio behind his cell at Baghdad's airport.

"When we were saying bye, he started to tear up," Piro recalled in the new book "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack."

The self-effacing G-man was hardly surprised - he had spent nearly a year carefully becoming Saddam's best friend in a successful ploy to extract confessions from the notorious brute.

Piro's inside account of spending up to seven hours a day, every day, for eight months with Saddam is revealed in the new book by journalist Ronald Kessler.

Piro, then 36, began grilling Saddam in early 2004.

Instead of bright lights, loud music or waterboarding, the Beirut-born Arabic speaker - who immigrated to the U.S. as a teen - built a rapport with the dictator nabbed in a spider hole. He treated him with respect and took care of his every need.

On his birthday, Piro showed Saddam news clippings showing that Iraqis no longer celebrated the date. But then the agent gave him baklava Piro's Lebanese mother sent him in Baghdad.

They talked about sports and Saddam's pulp novels, and soon the despot was spilling his guts over thick cups of Folger's.

Saddam never used body doubles - as was widely believed - because no one could "play" him, Piro quoted Saddam as saying.

He admired Americans, particularly ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan - but loathed the two Bushes he fought wars with.

The "Butcher of Baghdad" also confessed he ordered Kurdish civilians gassed and slaughtered thousands more, their remains left in mass graves.

Until 9/11, Saddam thought UN sanctions would go away and he could make a nuclear bomb. His prewar weapons of mass destruction deceptions were a ruse to convince Iran - whom he feared - that he had an arsenal.

Kessler said Saddam trusted Piro more than his own monstrous sons Uday and Qusay, for whom he had little love before G.I.s gunned them down.

In more human moments, Saddam tried to hit on a "cute" American nurse. And despite praying and reading the Koran, he had a fondness for whiskey and cigars.
(Nothing Follows)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the war is as good as won is it? There are only two possibilities here. One is that you're really amazingly stupid. The other is that this whole blog is satire. I think it's the latter. But I'm not entirely sure.

Jack Lacton said...

Anon,

Not only is the war almost won with just a bit of mopping up to do (check out people like Michael Yon for proof) but Iraqi military commanders are now telling their US counterparts that they'd be happy to fight alongside US troops in any conflict with Iran. They recognise the major role that Iran has played in destabilising Iraq.

Anonymous said...

Well, if you define winning the war as ensuring that Iraq will be riven by sectarian conflict for years to come, and peace as something that involves frequent massive deadly car bombs and a hugely increased rate of violent death over the pre-war numbers, then yes, I suppose the war is won.

Jack Lacton said...

Here are some facts that you are unaware of:

1) Sunni and Shia are coming together to reform Iraq. Shia are joining the military and police in large numbers. Moqtada Al Sadr has been marginalised and his Mahdi Army has been neutralised.
2) When was the last time you can remember a car bomb going off? They weren't planted by Iraqi nationalists anyway; they were the work of terrorist groups looking to destabilise Iraq.
3) You should have a look at the work being done translating Saddam's regime's documents at the pre-war death toll.

It's unfortunate for the left that the war is won. It's unfortunate that people are starting to get along. It's unfortunate that car bombings are down massively. It's unfortunate that Baghdad has been cleared of Al Qaeda. It's unfortunate that previous hot spots in Al Anbar province, Ramadi etc, are now safe for their citizens. It's unfortunate that Iraqis are returning home from abroad in droves.

The war is won.

Just need to continue mopping up, as happens in any war.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunate for the left? Do you see this is as just some kind of political game? It's unfortunate for the Iraqis that the war ever took place.

Deaths per day from vehicle bombs:

2003:0.9
2004:3.2
2005:5.8
2006:8.5
2007:16

God only knows where you've got all your nonsense about how suddenly everyone is friends again, but you can get an idea of what's happening back down here on the ground here or here