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Cheney Says He Urged Bush To Bomb Syria

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Dick Cheney Memoir: VP Says He Urged Bush To Bomb Syria
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WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick 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.

The New York Times reported 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.
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The newspaper said Cheney's book includes criticism of other members of Bush's administration. He accuses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of naivete and says he believed former Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to undermine Bush "by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government."
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Syria losin' Iran's support...
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Iran: Syria Should Heed Citizens’ Demands
August 27, 2011 - Syria's closest ally, Iran, is calling on the government in Damascus to listen to the people's "legitimate demands."
The comments Saturday by Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi were the first such remarks from Iran since the five-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began. Salehi warned of dangerous regional implications if the crisis in Syria was not solved peacefully. He said a power vacuum in Syria would have "unprecedented repercussions'' among its neighbors.

But despite the widespread calls for peace, Syrian activists say forces loyal to Assad once again attacked anti-government protesters. At least two people were killed in the fighting in cities across the country. However, the Syrian government has denied reports of protests in the capital. The state-run SANA news agency said foreign news organizations "fabricated" the stories.

In a separate development, the Arab League discussed Syria's crisis at a meeting Saturday in Cairo. The United Nations says more than 2,000 people have died in the country during the government's crackdown on dissent. Assad has blamed much of the violence on what he calls armed "gangs" and "terrorists."

On Friday, rights groups and activists said security forces shot at protesters in the Damascus suburb of Douma, Dara'a province in the south and the eastern town of Deir Ezzor. They said at least three people were killed.

Syria countered, though, by saying "hooded gunmen" opened fire on police in Deir Ezzor, wounding three officers. SANA said law enforcement officers responded by shooting and killing two of the gunmen. The news agency also said "gunmen" attacked a security building in Douma, wounding two guards.

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"The New York Times reported Wednesday that Cheney says he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria."
Yeah......ya' can't keep an ol' CHICKENHAWK down.....unless it's HIS TURN.....


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Cheney gettin' brave - now that he's outta office...
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Powell says Cheney taking 'cheap shots' in book
Aug 28,`11 WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday dismissed as "cheap shots" the criticism leveled at him and others in Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir.
It was the latest volley in a clash that stretches back to their first years in the George W. Bush administration. Powell went so far as to say that if Cheney's staff and others in Bush's White House had been as forthcoming as the State Department in the case involving CIA operative Valerie Plame, the indictment and conviction of Cheney's friend and former chief of staff never would have happened. Powell made the remarks Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" ahead of the Tuesday release of Cheney's book, "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir." Cheney said in an earlier NBC interview that the book would cause "heads to explode" in Washington, a description Powell said he expected from a supermarket tabloid and not a former vice president.

"My head isn't exploding. I haven't noticed any other heads exploding in Washington," Powell said. "From what I've read in the newspapers and seen on television it's essentially a rehash of events of seven or eight years ago." Cheney and Powell had numerous disagreements in the administration, particularly over policy toward Iraq and the run-up to the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces. Still, Powell termed "nonsense" Cheney's description of how Powell went outside with his criticism of administration policies. Powell also suggested that Cheney wrongly took credit for Powell's resignation from the State Department in 2004; Powell said he had always planned to serve only four years. He labeled as "almost condescending" the tone of Cheney's criticism of Condoleezza Rice, who succeeded him as secretary of state.

"Mr. Cheney has had a long and distinguished career and I hope in his book that's what he will focus on, not these cheap shots that he's taking at me and other members of the administration who served to the best of our ability for President Bush," Powell said. On the Plame matter, Powell said Cheney tries to "lay it all off" on Powell and Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under Powell. Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI during its investigation into who leaked to the news media that Plame, the wife of a former ambassador critical of the Bush administration, worked for the CIA.

Powell said that when Armitage realized he was the anonymous source cited by syndicated columnist Robert Novak in an article that revealed Plame's CIA connection, Armitage contacted Powell and they spoke to the Justice Department and the FBI for the probe ordered by Bush. "If the White House and the operatives in the White House - on Mr. Cheney's staff and elsewhere in the White House - had been as forthcoming with the FBI as Mr. Armitage was, this problem would not have reached the dimensions that it reached," Powell said. Instead, Powell said, the FBI continued for two more months trying to find out what had happened in the White House and that a special counsel ended up conducting a two-year probe of what he called a "mess."

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I love it when the left takes the time to tell us what's in a book before it's even released.

They wouldn't be up to something, would they???


At any rate...seems all it's gonna do is boost sales.
 

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