Saddam targeted Bush, Rumsfeld daughters

Former US secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld revealed that Saddam Hussein had a USD 60 million bounty on his daughters` head and also targeted ex-president George W. Bush`s two daughters.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 11:16 AM IST

Washington: Former US secretary of Defence
Donald Rumsfeld revealed on Wednesday that Saddam Hussein had a USD
60 million bounty on his daughters` head and also targeted
ex-president George W. Bush`s two daughters.

"I was concerned," Rumsfeld told ABC`s "Good Morning
America" in his first live television interview since leaving
office over four years ago.

"Of course, the president and his family had secret
service protection. My family did not. And it was a somewhat
awkward moment in the meeting," he added in describing a 2003
national security meeting when he was told of the plot.

Rumsfeld, who has two daughters and a son, said Bush
urged him to take the threat seriously because US forces had
killed Saddam`s sons Uday and Qusay and his 14-year-old
grandson Mustapha in July 2003.

"I made a comment like `Thank you` or something and
president Bush looked me in the eye and said `You better take
this seriously,`" the former Pentagon chief recalled.

"And of course, I did take it seriously. But I was
also realistic that there was not much one could do about
that."

The television appearance was part of Rumsfeld`s
effort to promote his new memoir, "Known and Unkown," which
was released earlier and recounts his long government career
serving Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Bush.

PTI