Cheney Turns on 'Soft' Bush as Memoir Takes Shape

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2009 1:44 AM CDT
Dick Cheney looks over to President Bush after the president received an update on Hurricane Ike last year.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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(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.
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