Saddam Hussein Loves Doritos and Raisin Bran

Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is making the best of his stay in a U.S. detention facility, enjoying many tasty treats.

Saddam prison fare: Doritos, Raisin Bran — but no Froot Loops (AP)

Saddam Hussein loves Doritos, hates Froot Loops, admires President Reagan, thinks Clinton was “OK” and considers both Presidents Bush “no good.” He talks a lot, worries about germs and insists he is still president of Iraq.

Those and other details of the deposed Iraqi leader’s life in U.S. military custody appear in the July issue of GQ magazine, based on interviews with five Pennsylvania National Guardsmen who went to Iraq in 2003 and were assigned to Saddam’s guard detail for nearly 10 months.

The magazine, which reached newsstands Monday, said the GIs could not tell their families what they were doing and signed pledges not to reveal the location or other details of the U.S.-run compound where Saddam was an HVD, or “high value detainee,” awaiting trial by Iraqi authorities for mass killings and other crimes. However, the five soldiers told GQ of their personal interactions with Saddam, saying he spoke with them in rough English, was interested in their lives and even invited them back to Iraq when he returns to power. “He’d always tell us he was still the president. That’s what he thinks, 100 percent,” said Spc. Jesse Dawson, 25, of Berwick, Pa.

Maybe if we quit treating him like a king, he’d realize that he’s been deposed?

One wonders whether Doritos and Raisin Brand will be promoting this endorsement in their upcoming advertising campaigns.

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  1. In terms of endorsements, it occurred to me that Froot Loops is the big winner here.

    Imagine the box “The Cereal Hated by Saddam Hussein–if a Mass Murdered hates it, it HAS to be good!”

  2. Anderson says:

    We’re killing Saddam with junk food, & you think we’re treating him too well???


  3. McGehee says:

    Anderson, it’s the only torture Amnesty International will let us get away with.

  4. Gary says:

    USA: “Saddam, be a good boy and eat your Fruit Loops.”

    Saddam: “No, I don’t have to!”

    USA: “You’re not leaving that table until you do! And no more Doritos!”

  5. mike k says:

    Feed him some MRE’s – those damn things are awful; especially the ham slice.