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Saddam's Revenge?: Gates's Bug Bite
Defense Secretary's Badly-Swollen Eyelid Appears Overnight
12/21/2006 3:17 PM ET
Swollen Left Eyelid Today
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Swollen Left Eyelid Today
Pre-Bug Bite Yesterday
DoD Photo
Pre-Bug Bite Yesterday

As if new Defense Secretary Robert Gates doesn't have enough challenges during his time in Iraq, he woke up this morning in Baghdad with a badly-swollen left eyelid. A tipster in Gates's traveling party tells us Gates "was bitten by a bug or something," apparently while sleeping last night in one of the Saddam Hussein-era palaces now used as U.S. military VIP sleeping quarters. The tipster quipped, "Call it Saddam's revenge."


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