Cheney says he advised Bush to bomb Syria

2011-08-25 13:12

Washington - Former vice-president Dick Cheney writes in his new memoir that then-president George W Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Cheney says he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria. Other advisers were reluctant, Cheney says, because of "the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq's stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction" before the 2003 invasion of that country.

The Israelis bombed the Syrian site later in 2007.

Cheney's autobiography, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, also discusses his history of health problems, including multiple heart attacks. In an interview on Wednesday with NBC News, Cheney said he had a secret resignation letter signed and stored in a safe in case he became incapacitated.

Cheney said he signed the resignation letter in March 2001, about two months after taking office. Only Bush and one of the vice-president's staff members knew the letter existed.

In his book, Cheney writes that he was unconscious for weeks after heart surgery in 2010, The Times reported.

The newspaper said Cheney's book includes criticism of other members of Bush's administration. He accuses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of naiveté and says he believed former Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to undermine Bush "by criticising administration policy to people outside the government". Powell's resignation after the 2004 election "was for the best", Cheney writes.

And he says former CIA Director George Tenet's decision to resign in 2004 - "when the going got tough" - was "unfair to the president".

In My Time will be published next week by Simon & Schuster.

  • Chronoman - 2011-08-25 13:19

    Better throw all the bombs you can while you can because soon you will be a province of China.

  • OnlyaGinger - 2011-08-25 13:30

    Cheney is evil personified- this b*stard has made so much money out of illegal wars- destroying innocent people's lives and means to living. I do not like wishing death on people- but the world would be a much better place without this vile man.

  • Pictureof - 2011-08-25 13:45

    Despite his valiant effort in trying to wipe out Islam, George Bush was stubborn and near sighted when it came to good advice. Obama's successor must not hesitate in wiping Iran and Syria off the planet.

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 13:53

      Your being sarcastic right? You can't possibly be advocating eradicating Islam can you?

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-08-25 13:56

      I'm sure thats your high standing Christian values speaking there?

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 14:01

      Not mine, Ginger. I am not religious. I just try to be reasonable.

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-08-25 14:17

      Sorry Daaivark, was meant for Picture of Mohammed.

      Messenger - 2011-08-25 14:37

      Pictureof, you can't be a Christian, right? Are you? Do you know that Christians make up about 10-15% of Syria's population? And that there is a large Christian revival going on in Iran? Drop your hatred. Love all people, regardless of race, culture, religion, etc.

      Gadija - 2011-08-26 11:38

      Islam will never be wiped off the face of the earth,not even the quran can be distroyed because their is muslim people that knows it word for word by heart.So all the Bushes and Obamas can bomb and kill but their will always be Islam the religion that every one see as a thread.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 13:35

      @Pictureof there's no room for supremacists in a mdern society, do the world a favour and jump from your ego to your intellect, the impact should finish you off

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