Cheney Turns on 'Soft' Bush as Memoir Takes Shape

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2009 1:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dick Cheney has decided the "statute of limitations" has expired on some secrets from the Bush era, associates tell the Washington Post. Discussing his memoir-in-progress, the former vice president has made it plain that he felt President Bush was getting soft in his second term, and moved away from Cheney on national security issues purely to pander to public opinion, sources say.

Cheney "still feels he has an obligation" to save the country from danger, his former national security adviser says, and his hardline position on security issues cuts "to the very core" of who he is. Cheney, 68, has been spending most of his time writing the memoir, hunkering down to work daily in an office above his garage after a morning visit to Starbucks for a decaf latte.

Dick Cheney looks over to President Bush after the president  received an update on Hurricane Ike last year.
Dick Cheney looks over to President Bush after the president received an update on Hurricane Ike last year.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Dick Cheney speaks at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Washington last year.
Dick Cheney speaks at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Washington last year.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
George Bush follows Vice President Dick Cheney before the then-president makes a statement to reporters.
George Bush follows Vice President Dick Cheney before the then-president makes a statement to reporters.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Dick Cheney and George W. Bush leave the Oval Office for the Rose Garden of the White House in 2007.
Dick Cheney and George W. Bush leave the Oval Office for the Rose Garden of the White House in 2007.   (Getty Images)
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When the president made decisions that I didn't agree with, I still supported him and didn't go out and undercut him. Now we're talking about after we've left office. I have strong feelings about what happened.
- Dick Cheney, as quoted by biographer Stephen Hayes

It was clear that Cheney's doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times—never apologize, never explain—and Bush moved toward the conciliatory. - A Cheney associate

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