The May/June 2006 issue of the centrist Foreign Affairs will offer an inside look at Saddam Hussein’s management style, based on documents captured from him.
Regarding his hiring practices:
Saddam truly trusted only person: himself. As a result, he concentrated more and more power in his own hands.
No single man could do everything, however; forced to enlist the help of others to handle operational details, Saddam used a remarkable set of hiring criteria.
As one senior Iraqi leader noted, Saddam selected the “uneducated, untalented, and those who posed no threat to his leadership for key roles.” Always wary of a potential coup, Saddam remained reluctant to entrust military authority to anyone too far removed from his family or tribe.