The Washington Post reports on Saddam Hussein’s revelation shortly before his execution that he intimated that he possessed weapons of mass destruction as a show of bravado against possible attack from Iran. Moreover, Hussein made clear his distaste for Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, referring to bin Laden as a “zealot.” This, despite the pretexts we were offered for invasion of Iraq:
Former president George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq six years ago on the grounds that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to international security. Administration officials at the time also strongly suggested Iraq had significant links to al-Qaeda, which carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Perhaps most interesting, however, is the story’s conclusion:
When [the interviewer] noted that there were reasons why Hussein and al-Qaeda should have cooperated — they had the same enemies in the United States and Saudi Arabia — Hussein replied that the United States was not Iraq’s enemy, and that he simply opposed its policies.
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