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Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s book was released this week with promises of “heads exploding” in Washington. I am not sure that any heads will explode, but I will bet that his book sells pretty well.
One of the heads that Cheney might have thought would explode belongs to former top diplomat inside the Bush administration, Colin Powell. Powell appeared CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday and accused Cheney of taking “cheap shots.”
Cheney writes in his book, “In My Time” that Powell tried to undermine Bush by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government. Powell denies these accusations stating that he routinely gave his opinion and his best advice on issues to the president.
Although Powell stated he has always planned to resign after Bush’s first term, Cheney suggested in his book that Powell somehow was forced to resign. Powell also suggested Cheney is almost condescending in his remarks about Powell’s successor, Condoleezza Rice.
Powell also discussed Cheney’s prediction of head’s exploding. “That’s quite a visual,” Powell said of the former vice president’s choice of words. “[It's] the kind of headline I would expect to come out of a gossip columnist or the kind of headline you might see one of the super market tabloids write.
It’s not the kind of headline I would have expected to come from one of the vice presidents of the United States of America.” He added, “I think Dick overshot the runway.”
Other revelations from Cheney’s book include his secret resignation letter and his lack of regret over waterboarding. Cheney reported that he kept a signed resignation letter in a lock box. “I did it because I was concerned that — for a couple of reasons,” Cheney explains in an interview with NBC’s Jamie Gangel. “One was my own health situation.
The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And, there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice-president who can’t function.”
Cheney says he has “no regrets” about his support for waterboarding terror suspects, and that he would “strongly support using it again if we had a high value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk.” Cheney feels he is not betraying former President George W. Bush’s trust by revealing their private conversations.
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