LONDON — Saddam Hussein's leading lieutenant accused the
United States of abandoning Iraq and leaving the country to die,
according to a British newspaper interview to be published Friday.
Aziz, whose long tenure as Saddam's foreign minister made him the
international face of the Iraqi dictator's regime, was quoted by The
Guardian newspaper a saying that he was hopeful about President Barack
Obama at first.
"I thought he was going to correct some of the
mistakes of Bush," the paper quoted Aziz as saying from his jail cell in
north Baghdad. "But Obama is a hypocrite. He is leaving Iraq to the
The Guardian said that Aziz slammed the planned
withdrawal of US forces from the country, saying that both it and the
United Kingdom had an obligation to make sure Iraq was back on its feet
"We are all victims of America and Britain," Aziz
said, according to the paper. "They killed our country in many ways.
When you make a mistake you need to correct a mistake, not leave Iraq to