Elvis Visit Last Hideout Saddam

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Cesar Castro, carrying a life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley, was the latest visitor to this muddy farming area that has become a tourist site of sorts since Saddam Hussein was pulled out of an underground bunker on Dec. 13 after nearly eight months on the run. Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division, chiefly responsible for finding Saddam, had taken to calling him Elvis. Their missions — chasing tips, vague intelligence and sightings of the ousted dictator — came to be known as "Elvis hunts." Castro, with the Tikrit-based 4th Infantry, put his arm around the shoulders of the glittering, gold suited Elvis and got his comrades to take his pictures in front of the former dictator's last hiding hole. "It seemed like a good idea to bring (a cutout) of Elvis to Saddam's hole to show that Elvis was even here," Castro, a 42-year-old Dallas native, said with a grin. "I was surprised though. I thought the hole was going to be bigger."
Source: Associated Press / Updated: Jan 27, 2004 
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Erlend, Norway (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2004report abuse
Yes Stu, I'm a dreamer! Elvis was a dreamer. Martin Luther King said "I have a dream!". We have to have dreams and believe in them. Only then they come true and the world will be a better place for all (if that's what we want...). Before everything there is a dream or an idea. And please everybody, don't be ANTI, because being anti clouds our minds just like Stu said. Be PRO! Be pro love, pro peace, pro equal rights, pro equal possibilities, pro human worth, pro Elvis, pro everything good (which is good for everyone)! Where attention goes, energy flows... And yes I hope the FBI/CIA are reading this as well. If it's a crime to believe in people, to see their warm heart no matter who they are or what they have done, then I'm guilty. And Jim, you are one of the great names I mentioned. Mine is another. If you all want to know more about who Elvis really was (not only dates and facts), read the books he read. Elvis used to read books by Paramahansa Yogananda. Read something by him and you may get an idea of Elvis' view on life. The keyword is oneness and the unlimited power of love. Dream on everybody! I love you all
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2004report abuse
The strength of the anti-America/ anti-war feeling on here is clouding any attempt at reasoned judgement on the cut-out issue. I may as well be talking Swahili for the amount of sense that you "anti" lot are able to absorb in one sitting! (no offence to any Swahillians out there). At least we all have one thing in common, Elvis! Long live the King. Rock on Erland; You old dreamer!!
MV (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2004report abuse
I'm not anti-american at all.My musical heroes are all
US. Last week I saw Janis Martin live,soon Brian Wilson
then the great Sonny Burgess & in july I can't wait
to see the Stray Cats in London.What does p--- me off
is having Elvis being seen as a figure of fun & to be
associated in anyway with the illegal invasion of Iraq.A war which the justification for fighting(and people dieing
for) is being questioned now even by Bush cronies.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2004report abuse
Erlend - you need locking up mate. I hope the FBI are reading your thoughts and the list of names you think are so great.
Erlend, Norway (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
I'm sure this picture was taken in good spirit and no bad intentions. But it is a sign of the times and people all over the world are waking up to a higher level of insight. And people react. This is very healthy! Nothing weird about the Elvis fans or the reactions placed here at all. This only gives a new dimension to the so called Elvis-fans. No jealousy, just a healthy debate! 13 years ago nearly no one would react and place reactions such as these. That's weirder. Elvis would keep his views to himself some might say. But remember that he had Colonel Parker hanging over his shoulder afraid of what political views would do to the career of his golden boy. Otherwise Elvis wasn't afraid to speak out... Elvis was also a true American patriot. But let's not forget the fact that he was a child of his time. What else could he be? He was indoctrinated with the McCarthyism of that (ghost-) age (it seems like history is repeating itself these days though...). Elvis proclaimed he had studied communism and that J.E. Hoover was a hero of his..... To be fond of your country is a very nice thing, but patriotism can be very damaging. To think that one nation is greater, more supreme or have more rights than the other, is dangerous. I have heard that people in Argentina say god bless all the people in the World, not only the ones in their own country. That is a very nice thing, because we all live on this tiny little ball called the Earth. We are One, not divided. We are equal. We are one big Family. Every single nation is equally great (including USA, Iraq, Saudi, Cuba, UK, China, Norway and so on...), and every human being is equally great and divine at heart (including my brother Bush and his brothers Osama and Hussein, my grandfather Mandela and my great grandfather Hitler, my Mother Theresa and my aunt Margaret Thatcher). There are no evil nations or people, but they/we often seem so. We have to question ourselves why all the bad things happen. What is the reason behind. Not just react. Some say we belong to a civilized world, but it doesn't exist, because our reactions are very primitive! The only thing we seem to believe in is the value of money and excessive use of power. This is fuelled by fear and bears different masks in the different parts of the world, but it is the same thing. Fear of what? The World has enough resources for all to lead a nice life. But 20% of us are using 80% of the resources. Our (western) way of living is killing 30.000 people each day.... Each day 365 days a year! But we are slowly awaking. These reactions are a proof of that. They are also a proof of Elvis' greatness. If we just see the sign of the times and choose wisely, the world is going to change to the better, because "the times they are-a changing" (thank you Bob!). I strongly believe Elvis would have been very aware of these matters if he had lived today. Elvis was a loving person, and he was searching for answers. Big answers! Just what the world need today. Elvis belongs to the world (not one culture). Let him be a symbol of oneness and love with no borders! "If i can dream of a better land, where all my brothers walk hand in hand...."
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
And you wonder why so many people think Elvis fans are weird !
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
I know the combats in the North of Africa.Do you remember Montgomery?I guess he was British, not American.How can you talk about "forces of evil"?Despite of what the moron who rules the US (after stealing the election), we´re not in the Crusades.Please, don´t use good or evil, you may use "friend or not-frid"I say this because of a country like Libia, for example, traditionally supporter of all sort of terrorism, which now appears to be very democratic.How can the US support Saudi-Arabia´s regime?A place where people get their hands severed for stealing?Maybe I forget that in the US people are fried in the electric chair or poisoned with syrings.Do you feel comfortable being the only Western country where death penalty still works?Remember that this puts you in the same group of horrible dictatorships as Saudi-Arabia, China or Nigeria.How can justify what happeened in Chile in September 11, 1973 when the US goverment helped fascist military forces to attack the democratically-elected president, and start a dictaorship that caused thousands of people to get tortured and thrown for planes into shark-infested waters? You should not watch too many Hollywood movies..., and try to read some History books
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
BBM; To his eternal credit, Elvis chose to keep his opinions to himself. Amazing, when faced with the derision he often was. Almost as amazing is the ridiculous assumptions that you and others on here have made about what his cut-out represents. IMO, you need to wind your necks in and get a grip of the facts before going on about these issues. The first direct US involvement in WW2 was in 1940 when nearly 1,000,000 men were registered as draftees. The same year the US gave 50 destroyers to Britain as well as thousands of tons of equipment. The US was already MASSIVELY involved in the war by the time of the D-Day invasion, in the Far East, North Africa, Europe and other places as well as at sea and in the air. You should hang your head in shame for not knowing this. Soviet forces were able to stall, then chase its recent "allie" all the way back to Berlin as a result. Also, if it wasn't for America millions more would have been butchered in the Far East. Remember too that the economies of numerous countries in the world would collapse if the US wasn't proping them up and millions more would perish if not for food subsidies and other essential aid their countries receive particularly medicines and vaccines. Sure, the US is able to influence the politics in some of these places. Rather that than they be left to get torn apart by the true forces of evil whos actions you seem to condone.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
Are you going to say that is not true that the US (remember, you´re not America) did not get into the wasr when Germany was so weak?What can you say about the US government supporting some of the most horrible dictatorships, from the past(Chile) and the present(Saudi-Arabia)? It´s sad to say it, but if u dont´change your way of foreign policy, more S11 are to come, because you´re giving so much pain to a lot of people around the globe. I have always said, the US has a lot of good things, but its foreign affairs policy has been so harmful to a lot of countries.
lDevoted Fan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
I agree with so much of what Jessica S and jeremytcb and stu have said about this issue. Elvis was a really patriotic man and loved his fellow Americans. I have a message for Big Boss Man: You are very uninformed about the United States of America. (The health insurance nonsense sent me into gales of laughter. So wrong.)
How I wish Elvis himself were here to tell you: "Stay out of my country". As a New Yorker, I know I feel that way.
May God bless the memory of the great Elvis Presley and may God bless the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2004report abuse
There is no point in getting involved in a rant about WW1 or WW2 with you Big Boss Man (who ever you are). I'd rather talk about Elvis. Besides IMO and, judjing by the events and dates you have presented, like others pontificals on here, you know not of what you speak.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Stu:It´s very relative that without the US participation in WW2 the world would be speaking German; as it has been said, the Nazis started to lose the war by the enormous sacrifice of the Eastern combats against the Soviets.Let´s remember that Germany´s defeat at Stalingrad was in 1941, and D Day was in 1944.The US engaged in war when most of the job had been done.
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Come on MV! Devil In disguise is a seperate issue and irrelevant to the point I was making. I have always been humbled by the massive sacrifice made by millions from so many countries and, would never dare presume what opinions they hold. I can only speak for the majority my own country and the tens of millions who survived to glory in the sacrifice of others. The sight of a US soldier holding up a cut-out of Elvis may indicate to you and others on here that the soldier is proud of invading Iraq. My interpretation, is that of something less sinister. Like I said, Elvis is a multi-cultural icon. I would have been only slightly more surprised to see Osama Bin Laden stood there with his arm round the King!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Big deal, I couldn't care less, a lot of you need to get a life, take as in the good humour its meant!
MV (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Stu,I seem to remember after sept. 11 Elvis' Devil in Disguise was on a list of records banned by paranoid US radio.America has alot of things to be proud of,but the
invasion of Iraq is not one of them.By the way I expect
the families of 18million Soviet casulaties would dispute your last claim.
roustabout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
get a grip, people! the link is between the " elvis hunts" for saddam and the supposed " elvis sightings" over the years- the soldiers were making an analogy between the search for two elusive targets, nothing more.let's not turn this into a referendum on the war in iraq.
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Its no insult to Elvis for his image to be used in this way. It'd be different if it was of of Sadam Hussein and it was being burnt, kicked and jumped all over. Everyone with a level head knows why the cut-out is there! Its a light hearted gesture used to try to diffuse tension rather than provoke anger for goodness sake. What next, stop forces radio playing Elvis records in the area in case they are seen as a symbol of US supremacy? It could just as well have been a member of the British forces holding the Elvis cut-out. Or do we hate them as well?? Elvis is an international cultural icon, even for the military! Some people have slagged the US off for completely seperate issues. That is just blurring the issue and, is an insult to Elvis' memory. Hatred just does that to ya! At the end of the day, there isnt a sole on this planet who would not be speaking German if it wasn't for America. (No insult intended toward german people). Lets keep it real folks!
Flipper (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
I don't like the connection between Elvis and the unjust war in Iraq (or for that matter any other war). I'm sure it was done with the best of intensions, but I feel it is ridiculing Elvis which is a shame because over the past few years there has been a big effort to take Elvis and his music seriously and not just treat him as some celebrity buffoon. As we all know, Elvis was a singer/entertainer and any political thoughts he kept to himself so no one knows whether he'd be pleased with the cut out or not. The point being, his image was used in a sensitive situation whereby he had no choice as to whether it could be used or not and the war was unpopular with most countries in the world.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
jeremytcb "The United States is the greatest country in the world" LOL Which US? The one who has changed democratically elected presidents for their friendly dictators( Chile, Iran, South Vietnam, etc), the one who used nuke weapons against civilian population, the one who burned alive hundreds of thousands countrymen with Napalm in Vietnam, the one who has inaded Irak for just oil, the one who gave powers to Senator McCarthy, the one where death penalty is active along with some of the most horrible dictatorships in the world(China, Saudi-Arabia, etc), the one where a lot of people die just for not having health insurance? US has a los of good things, but you should count all the grief it has given to the world
Joe Carnevale (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
I don't think he's comparing Elvis to Saddam in a bad way at all. Just as everybody in the world knows who Elvis is, the same could be said for Hussein the last year or so. Lighten up folks it's just another person (who happens to be a ruthless dictator) being compared to the Elvis who is the measuring stick that is used when anybody becomes famous.
jeremytcb (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
There is no disrespect for Elvis here. Elvis is an American cultural hero and he often pops up in the strangest places. I love how this silly picture became the opportunity for some of you to slam America, typical. The United States is the greatest country in the world - hey, its freedoms and opportunities allowed a dirt poor Southern boy to become the King! Remember also that Elvis was a very patriotic and law and order guy...he wouldn't care for those of you who are dissing the military and the country he loved and respected. Elvis belongs to the world, but he was first and foremost a proud AMERICAN.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
It's just another over zealous Elvis fan pulling another silly stunt. I'm not about to blow a gasket over it or lose any sleep worrying about it, but it's goofy things like this that stereotype all Elvis fans as "nuts".
David Brys (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
I know Elvis was pretty patriotic but I'd rather see that they keep music (artists) and war (soldiers) separated from eachother. It's two totally different things. Music is entertainment. (especially in Elvis' case) War is serious business. Don't anyone forget that. Please don't make the artist a symbol of war.
1956 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
They should have used a stand-up of a WMD.
Jessica S (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
I remember when Saddam was caught and I heard that they were referring to the hunt for him as operation Elvis or something similar. My initial reaction was pretty much the same as whenever Elvis is disrespected: deep anger. Having said that I think that this is one of those times when you have to keep things in perspective. No matter what your views are on America or this war - Soldiers are basically just doing their job. It is not a glamorous job, it does not pay well, they are in harm's way every moment that they are there and they are doing it because they believe in their country and have faith in the decision-makers that sent them there. If Elvis, his likeness or using his name for an operation brings them a moment of levity, provides a smile or serves as a reminder of home then let it be. I think Elvis himself wouldn't mind if these actions caused just one moment of happiness for the soldiers.
Scotch (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Jealousy is not becoming of you guys, thankfully I live in the best country in the world... TEXAS.
lighthouse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
it is ugly!! shame on them!!
Rinny (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
An American soldier should have more sense or is this just a classic example of his mentality. Leave Elvis alone! As someone else has stated - how dare you even put their names together. Grow up America. The joke is on you.
MV (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
The US army mocks a great entertainer who also served
his country.But then the US army today has invaded and
illegally occupies a soveriegn state,killing thousands
on the orders of a deceitful,lieing President.
To Sgt. Castro I say please do not involve the name
of Elvis Presley in your sordid mission of occupation.
Sun (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2004report abuse
Something is wrong with Americans today
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2004report abuse
For me it´s horrible that Elvis image is mixed with the nowadays American army, mass-killer os 20.000 civilians in Irak
moodyblue77 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2004report abuse
this is all so weird. i really DO NOT like the idea of even mentioning the name ELVIS in the same sentence with sadam. to relate the 2 of them together is sad.
Erlend, Norway (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2004report abuse
Hmmmmm..... Should I laugh or cry? I don't know what to say. A screw or two is loose, that is for sure. This is relly alarming! What is this supposed to symbolize? For me it's a symbol of a world gone mad. If I Can Dream.........

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