Thursday, March 10, 2005

Down in a Hole

Not sure what to make of this yet. A former marine says the military fabricated the story of Saddam's arrest. Some of the highlights:

Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army.

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said.

"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed," he said.
Odd that they would leave out details about Saddam shooting at anyone or anyone being killed. Seems like that would make him seem like even more of a bad guy. Then again, at the time, the administration believed Saddam was the lynchpin of the insurgency. Portraying him as a coward hiding in a hole who surrendered without a fight could have been caluculated to take the wind out of the insurgents' sails. Seems like it didn't work so well.

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