Saddam and Rumsfeld are old bosom buddies. The widely circulated photo of them shaking hands over a deal to give Saddam arms and information back in the 1980's is proof positive. According to the BBC:(courtesy of Buzzflash.com)
So an Arabic newspaper report that also came out on Saddam Hussein's birthday may not have been as fanciful as it seemed.
It said that on a recent visit to Baghdad, Mr Rumsfeld secretly met Saddam Hussein, and offered him a deal: his life would be spared and he could go into exile, if he made a broadcast calling for a halt to the insurgency.
Saddam Hussein's reported response: absolute rejection and a demand for an immediate American withdrawal and war reparations.
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