John Nixon had numerous conversations with the deposed leader and now says that America was critically mistaken about their intervention in Iraq in a number of ways.
In particular, he claims, the CIA’s view of Hussein’s attitude to using chemical weapons was wrong.
Mr Nixon also criticised the conduct of George W Bush, under whose leadership America invaded Iraq, saying the former president heard “only what he wanted to hear” on the topic.
During the interrogations, Mr Nixon asked Hussein if he’d ever thought of engaging in a pre-emptive strike with WMDs against US troops based in Saudi Arabia.
The former dictator’s reply was: “We never thought about using weapons of mass destruction. It was not discussed. Use chemical weapons against the world? Is there anyone with full faculties who would do this? Who would use these weapons when they had not been used against us?”
The main reason the American and British governments used to justify the controversial invasion of Iraq was the supposed risk posed by the WMDs possessed by the country.
“You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.
Americans don’t understand the Iraqi people because they don’t know the language, mind-set of the country, the history and even the weather.”