Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo takes a look at the story making its way around the blogosphere – including Bark Bark Woof Woof – that Saddam Hussein was captured by the Kurds before we got to him.
What I think we’ve got here is a rumor which got picked up by an inexperienced reporter and then made its way on to some mainstream newswires.
Let me be clear: I’m not saying there’s nothing to this. I haven’t had time to make any calls. Anything could be true. And it’s entirely possible that there are dimensions to the intel leading to Saddam’s capture, which haven’t yet been revealed. But none of the publish accounts I’ve seen strike me as credible or even close to substantiated. So until I see more I assume there’s nothing to it.
I agree with Josh. Rumors are always sexier than the real story, and I think if people who actually suffered under Saddam Hussein’s regime caught him before we did, he’d be buzzard meat.