Former President George H.W. Bush takes some unexpected swipes at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, key members of his son’s administration, over their reaction to the September 11 attacks, in a new biography of the 41st president, Fox News reported on Wednesday.
In Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham quotes Bush as saying that Cheney and Rumsfeld were too hawkish and that their harsh stance damaged the reputation of the United States, the cable news network said.
Speaking of Cheney, who was vice president under President George W. Bush, the senior Bush said: ‘I don’t know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,’ according to the report.
Cheney served as defense secretary during George H.W. Bush’s 1989-1993 presidency.
‘The reaction (to September 11), what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East,’ Bush told Meacham in the book to be published next Tuesday.
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