Saddam Hussein Left To Run Iraq, Says CIA Officer Who Interrogated Him

By : 17-Dec-2016
Saddam Hussein Left To Run Iraq

John Nixon, a former CIA officer, who interrogated Saddam Hussein after the coalition forces captured him in December 2003, has penned in a book that is releasing next month about his experiences and encounters with Saddam and also contains discussions that happened between them.
Nixon claimed Saddam warned about the US invasion of Iraq wouldn’t be a cakewalk for them as the neoconservatives in Washington had assumed it to be. Saddam told, it is hard to US to easily invade Iraq as they do not know their language, the history of Iraq and also cannot understand the minds of Iraq people.
According to an excerpt of the discussion between Nixon and Saddam, published in the website of Time magazine, “When I interrogated Saddam, he told me: ‘You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.’ When I told him I was curious why he felt that way, he replied: ‘You are going to fail in Iraq because you do not know the language, the history, and you do not understand the Arab mind.’ “
Nixon in his book wrote that, after reckoning his discussion with Saddam, he now understands the reason why he said so, and why he should be left in Iraq to run the country on his own. Saddam is capable of maintaining Iraq’s multi-ethnic state and keep both Sunni extremism and the power of Shiite-led Iran, a Hussein foe, at bay because he is ruthless and a dictator.
He also wrote in his book that, “Saddam's leadership style and penchant for brutality were among the many faults of his regime, but he could be ruthlessly decisive when he felt his power base was threatened, and it is far from certain that his regime would have been overthrown by a movement of popular discontent. Likewise, it is improbable that a group like ISIS would have been able to enjoy the kind of success under his repressive regime that they have had under the Shia-led Baghdad government.”

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