O'Reilly continued to discuss benefits of Saddam's methods: "If we wage the war the way Saddam handled Iraq, then we would have already won"

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On the June 27 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly continued to suggest that using former dictator Saddam Hussein's methods would be an effective way to run Iraq: "If we wage the war the way Saddam handled Iraq, then we would have already won." Specifically, O'Reilly mentioned "martial law, torture, murder, kicking in doors" as tactics employed by Saddam. O'Reilly continued: "[W]e could do it. But as soon as you look at one of these guys cross-eyed, the ACLU's [American Civil Liberties Union] got you sued."

O'Reilly's statement came less than a week after he vehemently denied "praising" Saddam's tactics in a June 22 interview with Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.

From the June 27 edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: It just depends on how you want to wage the war. If we wage the war the way Saddam handled Iraq, then we would have already won. That means martial law, torture, murder, kicking in doors. You know, Saddam controlled that country for 25 years. He didn't have any insurrections. He didn't have bombs going off. And half the country wanted to kill him. You know, all the Shia hated him. And how'd he do it? Through terror. So we could do it. But then, you know, as soon as you look at one of these guys cross-eyed, the ACLU's got you sued.

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National Security & Foreign Policy, War in Iraq
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Westwood One
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Bill O'Reilly
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The Radio Factor
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