WASHINGTON – Dick Cheney urged President George W. Bush to bomb Syria in 2007, the new autobiography of the then United States vice-president reveals. In an interview with NBC, Mr Cheney said that when the book is published next week “there are going to be heads exploding all over Washington”, The Telegraph reports.
When viewing the Syrian threat in 2007, Mr Bush was still stung by “the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction” and backed other advisers who counselled a diplomatic approach instead, according to a copy of the book obtained by the “New York Times”.
“I again made the case for US military action against the reactor,” Mr Cheney writes. “But I was a lone voice. After I finished, the president asked, ‘Does anyone here agree with the vice president?’ Not a single hand went up around the room.”
Colin Powell, Mr Bush’s first Secretary of State, is subjected to withering criticism for allegedly undermining Mr Bush by privately expressing doubts about the Iraq war.
Mr Cheney also reveals that he wrote a resignation letter dated March 28, 2001 and told an aide to hand it to Mr Bush if he ever had a heart attack or stroke that left him incapacitated.
He brands Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State after Mr Powell, as naïve for her attempts to draw up a nuclear weapons deal with North Korea.