Monday, June 20, 2005

Saddam but wiser

The Houston Chronicle quotes a GQ interview with some of the soldiers who guarded Saddam Hussein as he awaited trial. (I guess they couldn't get a book deal.) Among the details is the dictator's discovery of junk food:

For a time his favorite food was Cheetos, and when those ran out, Saddam would "get grumpy," the story says. One day the guards substituted Doritos corn chips, and Saddam forgot about Cheetos. "He'd eat a family size bag of Doritos in 10 minutes," Dawson says.

The paper also features a Vanity Fair-style wide-screen picture -- unfortunately reduced for the web -- showing the guards in civvies, posing with motorcycles. This may be intended to offset some of the other details in the story, such as:

Once, when Saddam fell down during his twice-a-week shower, the article says, "panic ensued. No one wanted him to be hurt while being guarded by Americans." One GI had to help Saddam back to his cell, another carried his underwear, it adds.

A longer excerpt from the article is on GQ's own site, where another photo from the same shoot oddly substitutes a tricycle for one of the motorcycles.


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