Rice and Powell Dispute Cheney’s Accounts of Them in New Memoir

The former secretaries of state say that Cheney is taking cheap shots at colleagues.

Posted: 09/01/2011 04:57 PM EDT
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Her head isn’t exploding, but former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice can be added to the list of people who disagree with some of the accounts in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s new memoir, In My Time. Cheney, who has been making the television rounds this week to promote the book, predicted that it would cause heads all over Washington to explode.

 

In it he wrote that Rice “tearfully admitted” that he had been right about not wanting President George W. Bush to make a public apology for a claim he’d made in his 2003 State of the Union address about Iraq and uranium for nuclear arms. The former secretary of state disputed this in an interview with Reuters.

 

“It certainly doesn’t sound like me, now, does it? I would never — I don’t remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him,” she said.

 

Rice also fired back at a claim in the book that she misled Bush about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

 

“I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,” she said. “You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”

 

She’s not alone. Earlier this week Colin Powell, who preceded Rice as head of State, in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation criticized Cheney for what he described as “cheap shots” at former colleagues. The former vice president claims in his book that Powell was not straightforward with Bush on issues, particularly the Iraq war, and that he didn’t support the president’s positions.

 

“Mr. Cheney is free to say what he wishes, but so far I haven’t seen anything [in the book] that is as explosive as he claims it is. And I don’t see any heads lying in the street.”

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