Chris VanSant Discusses The Rules Of Engagement, Reveals The Mission To Get Saddam Hussein Was Originally A ‘Kill Mission’

Chris VanSant (Credit: Wiki Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SaddamSpiderHole.jpg, United States Army Public Domain Photo, Chris VanSant, Daily Caller)

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The mission to get Saddam Hussein could have gone a totally different way!

I recently sat down with former Delta Force member Chris VanSant for a lengthy interview about a bunch of subjects, and he touched on the rules of engagement. Specifically, he noted that the initial thought was that Saddam wouldn’t be taken alive.

“Saddam was actually a kill mission. We weren’t supposed to bring him back…We pulled an unarmed old man out of a hole. There’s not a man in that unit that would have put a bullet in the guy at that point. It was what it was. It was the way it unfolded,” VanSant explained.

You can watch him break down the whole situation, discuss the rules of engagement as a whole and his first contact with foreign troops in Iraq below.

That entire segment is one of my favorite parts of the interview. He talked about foreign fighters, nabbing Saddam and getting into a massive gunfight during their first contact with foreign fighters.

The whole thing was fascinating to me.

Again, if you haven’t checked out the whole thing, I suggest you do! It’s a great interview!