REVIEW: In my time

Book by Dick Cheney


In my timeCheney’s unapologetic memoir, which stretches from a modest childhood in Nebraska and Wyoming to his rise as the most powerful vice-president in history, saves its emotional energy for settling scores, especially against fellow members of the administration of George W. Bush. (One of the few tidbits he does reveal: the secure “undisclosed location” to which he was so often consigned after 9/11 was not some cave bunker but often his own home or the woodsy presidential retreat of Camp David.) On policy, Cheney has few regrets. “One of the most significant accomplishments” of Bush’s presidency, he writes, was “the liberation of Iraq and the establishment of a true democracy in the Arab world.”

The book describes Cheney’s outsized influence in the first Bush term and increasing marginalization in the second. While he successfully pushed for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, by the summer of 2007 he could not persuade Bush to bomb a Syrian nuclear reactor. “After I finished, the president asked, ‘Does anyone here agree with the vice president?’ Not a single hand went up around the room.” Cheney saves his harshest words for Bush’s two secretaries of state. He accuses Condoleezza Rice of misleading Bush while fumbling disarmament talks with North Korea (“We were promising rewards for their duplicity”) and naively seeking diplomatic engagement with villains. “In meeting after meeting, it seemed we had to argue against yet another misguided approach from the State Department.” And Colin Powell is painted as a disloyal colleague who criticizes Bush’s policies to others but not to the president’s face.

The world according to Cheney is dangerous and needs American power. When defence secretary Robert Gates tells the Saudis in late 2007 that Bush would be impeached if he took military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Cheney is livid: Gates “removed a key element of our leverage.” But Cheney’s will not be the last word. Rice’s political memoir is due out Nov. 1.


REVIEW: In my time

  1. Oh thank God this lunatic is gone!

    • Save that sentiment until his next heart attack! (He can borrow mine if he wants.)

      • He shall be so lucky to have your heart! : )

  2. i requested the book from our local library, i read it  along with Rumsfeld’s, i was curious to see how both would shift blame and justify the hell they put north americans through…..all me, me ,me and a lot of not me, not me…….nothing more than a money grab with the book sales tours to prove it …..again, proven is the old adage, power corrupts, ultimate power ultimately corrupts 

    •  He and Rummy didn’t want Youbetcha Palin to be the only one getting a fat book payday.

  3. Here’s the guy, the Ex vice president of the US, whose company Halliburton (regardless of whatever legal arrangement he made to obscure his conflict of interest) profitted hugely from the US’s War in Iraq. He was a hawk and a big part of the decision to go into Iraq…and then, when the ‘Shock & Awe’ were over, his company Halliburton (being managed by other hands to maintain thinly-veiled appearances of his obvious conflict of interest) got big contracts to go into Iraq and…(what the!?)…rebuild what they’d destroyed! Could there be a more blatant confict of interest? But then again, he was part of that dumbass Bush administration that ignored America’s own constitution, and which trod heavily on the established norms in the global forum (ie the United Nations). Now he writes a book, no doubt to profit further as he muddies the waters re his culpability and his blatant profiteering wrt Iraq. A swine book from a real pig at the trough!

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