Old Habits Die Hard

More insight into post-capture Saddam.

A defiant, deranged Saddam Hussein is making outrageous statements to CIA interrogators, claiming his government never surrendered – and that he would win by a landslide in new Iraqi elections, The Post has learned.


The Butcher of Baghdad has repeatedly insisted during this week’s sessions that he is still president of Iraq and said his military and government never surrendered during the war, U.S. officials said.

At times, he’s the cocky killer who balks at the simplest orders from his jailers – such as being asked to stand during some of the questioning.

“He’s saying things like ‘I’d like to sit down now. I’m the president of Iraq. You wouldn’t treat your own president this way,'” said a U.S. intelligence official.

Sources said the American interrogators, in an attempt to break through that hubris, are repeatedly telling him that he is no longer president of Iraq.

They have also played him videotapes of Iraqis celebrating in the streets at the news of his capture and tapes of the uncovering of mass graves and former torture chambers.

“His reply to this is to tell us to go ahead and organize elections and that he’d win big if we did,” said a U.S. official.

Sounds like a far cry from the bearded hobo who gave up without a fight, despite the fact that he was armed.

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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