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Dick Cheney goes after Condoleezza Rice again

Former vice president Dick Cheney has some strong criticisms for former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in a new documentary about Cheney's political life.

Foreign Policy reports:

In an upcoming documentary about the life and legacy of Dick Cheney previewed by Foreign Policy, the former vice president lashes out at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Brooding over one issue specifically, Cheney criticizes his former colleague for overriding his recommendation to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

"I thought [destroying the reactor] would reassert the kind of authority and influence we had back in '03 when we took down Saddam Hussein and eliminated Iraq as a potential source of WMD," Cheney says in the film, The World According to Dick Cheney. "Condi was on the wrong side of all those issues so we had significant issues."


"Condi recommended taking it to the United Nations. I strongly recommended that we ought to take [the reactor] out," he said.
When reached for comment, Rice told FP that refusing to bomb the reactor was the right decision at that point in time. "The situation turned out exactly how it should have," she said.

This isn't the first time that Cheney has gone after Rice, of course. In his 2011 book, Cheney said Rice had "tearfully admitted" to him that she was wrong, and he was correct that the administration should not have apologized for its claims about uranium in the 2003 State of the Union address.

Rice denied the exchange ever happened.

Here's the trailer for the documentary from Showtime, which airs March 15:

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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