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Dick Cheney: A legend in his own mind?

By DOUG THOMPSON
August 25, 2011

Former Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Cheney writes in his new memoir that President George W. Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In Dick Cheney‘s myopic view, he was the sole voice of reason in the chaotic administration of George W. Bush.

Cheney, in his soon-to-be released memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” Cheney says he alone urged Bush to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria and that he — and only he — knew how to govern.

Bush rejected Cheney’s advice.

Others in the Bush inner circle, Cheney writes, were inept, incompetent and disloyal.

Secretary of State Colin Powell? Undermined Bush “by criticizing administration police to people outside the government,” the former Vice President writes.

Condoleeezza Rice, who followed Powell as Secretary of State? “Naive,” Cheney writes.

CIA Director George Tenet, who resigned in 2004? “Unfair to the president,” Cheney says.

Yet, while criticizing others for disloyalty, Cheney suggests Bush was himself a weak leader and had to depend on his Vice President to make the tough decisions.

Cheney’s book will be released next week.

 

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5 Responses to Dick Cheney: A legend in his own mind?

  1. Keith

    August 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    If ever there was a man who needed to be put on trial and convicted of crimes against humanity, it is Dick Cheney.

  2. Sandune

    August 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Three weeks after 911, the man who was in the Communications room in the White House during that morning kept extensive notes and came out with his book noting everything that came through the White House. His name is Richard Clarke and his book “Against All Enemies”

    He describes his being in the Communications Room during the entire attacks. He questioned many of the decisions to send our defense jets over the Atlantic Ocean. He claims that after the first strike Vice President Cheney was in the bunker below the White House.

    Clarke had been appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism and he continued in that position under President Bush. He questioned the lack of interest in al Qaeda prior to Sept. 1.

    Of course the White House was disturbed at Clarke’s book but they denied nothing.

    It is time the truth about 911 is told as it shows a President so unprepared for any disaster that we could use this as a good excuse to overlook the current slate running from the GOP.

    I knew this book was coming and order from the first release at Amazon. Something smelled very bad about that whole day to me and “Against All Enemies” was one of many books I read following 911. The time lines do not agree in any of the books and even in the Commission Report many gaps in their time lines are vacant.

    In my opinion, 911 was the first act of a total downsizing of American Freedoms. President Bush did not have the background or brains to be in the White House at that time and Vice President Cheney was drooling backstage to get his hands on our defense department.

    Do we learn anything about this? Or do we shut it off in our memory and hope (pray) for the best?

    I will never understand the Republican Party believing that Bush and Cheney were anything other than responsible for 911. It must be that blind faith that has taken over the GOP.

  3. Sandune

    August 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    By the way Chief, I will not make a special pre-order with Amazon for Cheney’s book. Even if I read and reviewed it, nobody would bother reading my words. I’ve had enough bullshit from the Bush Administration and there aren’t enough writers to white wash his actions. There is much more coming from the next writer who is doing the Bernie Madoff story and how the FCC was sound asleep during the rape and pillage of many Americans.

    The corruption starting in the White HOuse is enough to sink America in the eyes of the world.

  4. glenn alcalay

    August 29, 2011 at 1:47 am

    The entire Cheney brood have done their part to destroy this once-great country.
    From war profiteering [Halliburton, KBR], criminally lying us into “wars” [aka invasions and occupations], bolstering his frightening and authoritarian idea of “executive power,”
    to giving the Nation the monstrous Lynne and the horrid Liz.

    This is not nice to say, but when Cheney goes, I hope it hurts.

  5. R.G. Franop, A-EMT-4-Paramedic, ACLS, (Ret.)

    August 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I have 359 former co-workers who sleep tonignt in a Staten Island, NY, dump, as always.
    Mr. Bush, Mr. Chaney & Mr. Blair need a fair trial, followed by a fair conviction, and…
    a fair hanging.
    BTW: That is a ‘judicial’ hanging, NOT ‘vigilante’ justice by civilians!!