Cheney Airs Grievances With Bush

Dick Cheney, George W. Bush

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Are the inner workings of Dick Cheney's head finally being revealed? The former vice president is penning a memoir—which he's writing in longhand on legal pads—filled with private reflections that unveil the true, vast extent of his strained relationship with his White House partner of eight years. Cheney's disappointment with the former president came to light recently in one of the casual conversations he's holding to discuss the book with authors, diplomats, policy experts, and past colleagues, The Washington Post reports. "By habit, he listens more than he talks, but Cheney broke form when asked about his regrets," the paper notes. "In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him," a participant in the conversation revealed. "He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took." Cheney reportedly believes the “statute of limitations has expired” on the Bush administration’s secrets, including conflict between the president and vice president on waterboarding, secret prisons, and “regime change” in Iran and North Korea. The long-silent veep’s newfound loquaciousness will likely be the book’s selling point: The Post reports that Cheney’s contract negotiator “passed word to potential publishers that the memoir would be packed with news.”