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CIA Interrogator: Saddam Was Writing Novel at Time of Invasion

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In this Dec. 6, 2006 photo, former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sits in court in Baghdad, Iraq, during the "Anfal" trial against him. (AP Photo/Chris Hondros)

By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 07:46 PM

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had handed over the reins of running the country to aides by the time he was captured by American troops, and he was spending his time writing a novel, according to a soon-to-be released book by the CIA operative who interrogated him.

In "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein," John Nixon writes that Saddam describes himself both as president of Iraq and as a writer, according to a book review in The New York Times by James Risen.

He complained that the U.S. military had taken his writing materials, making him unable to finish his book.

Saddam "was certainly a brutal dictator, but the man described by Mr. Nixon was not on a mission to blow up the world, as George W. Bush's administration had claimed to justify the invasion," Risen writes.

"Was Saddam worth removing from power?" Nixon asks in the book. "I can speak only for myself when I say that the answer must be no. Saddam was busy writing novels in 2003. He was no longer running the government."

Nixon says the CIA had evidence of Saddam's new pastime, but "it was never relayed to policy makers and emerged only after the war."

By the time of his capture in 2003, Saddam "appeared to be as clueless about what was happening inside Iraq as his British and American enemies were."

The president was so clueless about American thought, he writes, that he actually thought 9/11 would have brought the United States and Iraq closer together in its effort to fight Islamic terrorists.

Saddam also admitted it was a mistake not to make clear that his nation no longer had weapons of mass destruction.

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had handed over the reins of running the country to aides by the time he was captured by American troops, and he was spending his time writing a novel, according to a soon-to-be released book by the CIA operative who interrogated him.
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