Saddam Hussein, according to American troops who guarded him, was a cheerful and chatty clean freak who enjoyed Raisin Bran for breakfast. He also did his own laundry and still insisted on being called as Iraq's president.
He had a bed, a toilet, a chair, a towel, a few books, and his prayer mat in his cell. He also had his Koran, which he proudly displayed to the lads since it had been charred around the edges and had a bullet hole in it. He claimed to have found it among the rubble near the hole where he'd been hiding. He prayed five times a day but was occasionally too weak to kneel.
"He was a very bad man, but when we had him, he was also a broken man." said one of the soldiers while talking to GQ magazine.
Everything he drank had to be room temperature, from milk to water to orange juice. He refused to eat meat but seemed to enjoy fish and poultry. Salads were OK, but only if they came with Italian dressing, which he loved to marinade his olives in.
Within reason, he received pretty much anything he desired. And his favorite snack was Cheetos. He was obsessed with Cheetos. One of the guardsmen got him on to them, and he soon became irritated whenever they ran out (so they began ordering more from the mess hall).
Then one day they gave him Doritos instead, and Saddam never went back. In ten minutes, he could devour a family-size bag of Doritos. When they handed him a bag, he'd grin and thank them wholeheartedly before retreating to a corner of his cell. He'd then put a few drops of water in the bag and eat. They're still unsure if he felt it would be less untidy that way or whether he just enjoyed them soaked.