Saddam’s appearance

Saddam looks awful. Haggard. Beaten. A man on the run.

I’ve heard that his beard has been shaved off already. Not sure why. Maybe to more easily show Iraqis that we’ve really got him?

But don’t think it’s an accident that so many pictures of him looking so bad are plastered all over the place.

Remember when we captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammed? This was the image everyone was familiar with before we got him:

This is what the world saw when we got him:

This is a powerful anti-recruiting tool. Many who are willing to follow the well-dressed, powerful-looking men maybe won’t be so willing to throw their lives away for the rats we’re pulling out of dank holes looking like mountain hermits.