What Saddam told John Nixon during the conversations he had with him
after his capture in late 2003 and early 2004 was to make Washington
policymakers very unhappy. He convincingly rebutted the justifications
used by the Bush administration for going to war.
ready to listen to this information? Even if they listened, did they
hear? At the start of the debriefings, Nixon felt he knew Saddam. But in
the ensuing weeks, he learned that the West had vastly misunderstood
both him and his role as a determined foe of radical currents in the
Islamic world, including Sunni extremism. And this was to prove a very
expensive mistake indeed.
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