One theory has been floated is that they were to take them hostage and Hussein would then get them freed just before the election and thus he would win by a landslide. Somewhere along the way, the people being taken hostage resisted and thus were murdered. Then Hussein had to cover up hte original story. So that is why he told the story about the video. Sad the video maker is still in jail, the 4 dead Americans are buried and we are only learning now, bit by bit from the most transparent adminstration in history, from Hussein, which has told lie after lie after lie.