RUMSFELD AND SADDAM MEET AGAIN?….Via TalkLeft, Al Jazeera reports that Ynetnews reports that Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports that Donald Rumsfeld paid a secret visit to Saddam Hussein during his visit to Iraq two weeks ago. The purpose of the visit? Rumsfeld “offered him freedom and a possible return to public life if he made a televised request to rebel groups for a ceasefire with allied forces.”

This is the kind of report that’s fascinating regardless of whether it’s true or not. If Rumsfeld really did this, it’s fascinating for the obvious reason. If he didn’t, it’s a wonderful example of the feverish, rumor-driven nature of Middle Eastern news that we hear about so often. Hell, somebody ought to start up an English language blog just to keep track of the weird rumors and peculiar beliefs that periodically overrun the Arabic-language press. Sort of an Islamic Drudge Report. It would be a public service.