No one should have expected that Dick Cheney’s memoir would be anything but frank. Make that brutally frank. Such as this characterization of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s description to President George W. Bush of her proposed nuclear-weapons agreement with North Korea. It’s on page 487:
“Looking for a way to explain this situation, Rice said, ‘Mr. President, this is just the way diplomacy works sometimes. You don’t always get a written agreement.’ The statement was utterly misleading, totally divorced from what the secretary was doing, which was urging the president, in the absence of an agreement, to pretend to have one. . . . “
Would anyone expect anything less from the man the Left compared to Darth Vader?
Also, from Henninger’s piece, and perhaps the most telling about Cheney’s character as a public servant:
After two event-filled terms as George W. Bush’s No. 2, I asked Mr. Cheney to sum it up. Characteristically, the answer had nothing to do with anyone’s approval rating:
“I think we did a pretty good job after 9/11 for those seven and a half years. I think the record reflects that. I think the president gets a lot of credit for that. Partly it’s a question of political leadership. It’s important to have people at the helm who are prepared to be unpopular, to take the criticism and the hits that go with implementing policies.”
In any case, will you read it?
- Dick Cheney Bashes John McCain In New Book (laurieanichols.wordpress.com)
- Dick Cheney autobiography heaps praise on Tony Blair (guardian.co.uk)
- Cheney makes Bush look almost reasonable (thehill.com)
- Shots Fired: Dick Cheney Calls Condoleeza Rice “Emotional” And Throws Some Shade In Her Direction (bossip.com)
- Daniel Henninger: Dick Cheney, Policy Guy (online.wsj.com)