May 20, 2005

Saddam Hussein Exposed

The Sun is in trouble for publishing this:

Saddam_Underwear.jpg

The US military has condemned the Sun for publishing photographs of a captive Saddam Hussein and said it was "aggressively" investigating who took them.

Today's paper carries a series of photographs showing the former Iraqi dictator in his cell, including one on the front page showing him in his underwear. Another shows him washing clothes under the headline "Tyrant? He's washed up".

The Sun says it obtained the photos from "US military sources" who handed them over "in the hope of dealing a body blow to the resistance in Iraq".

"Saddam is not superman or God, he is now just an ageing and humble old man," the paper quotes its source as saying. "It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth."

I guess the U.S. military should at least go through the motions of looking into this. But I doubt anyone outside George (wide boy) Galloway's circles are going to get bent out of shape about it.

Galloway and Saddam.jpg

(Reuters caption: George Galloway is pictured speaking in Baghdad during a conference on solidarity with Iraq in September [2002].)

UPDATE: Yahoo news headline: Bush promises probe into Saddam underwear pictures. I would have written that another way myself.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 20, 2005 3:25 PM
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