To The Daily Sun,
A mini bombshell dropped recently in the form of a book. "Destiny and Power: an intimate biography of George H. W. Bush" was written by John Meacham, based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews and extraordinary access to Bush's diaries and to his family.
This book exposes Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney as incredibly hawkish and close-minded. Cheney, the vice president under "W," was also Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush. Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense for most of the two terms of Bush the Younger.
George H.W. Bush is quoted as saying the following of Cheney: "I don't know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with." "The reaction (to Sept. 11, 2001), what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to flight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East."
Bush senior also believes Cheney acted independently of his son by creating his own national security team in his office and may have been influenced to become more conservative by his wife and daughter, Lynne and Liz Cheney.
On Rumsfeld, George H.W. Bush is even more critical.
At this point in his life Bush 41 has no ulterior motives to do otherwise than tell the truth about. Poppy Bush is also inadvertently protecting his son Jeb as "Young Son" runs for president. Most of Jeb's advisers are the same-old same-olds from George W. Bush's administration. "Poppy" Bush does not want history to repeat itself to his son's and our country's detriment.
Cheney and Rumsfeld did a great disservice to the president they worked for and, more importantly, to the United States. They were the ones primarily responsible for the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush. We are still paying the price for their willful ignorance and arrogance. We and the world are less safe as a result. George W. Bush was not strong enough (or smart enough?) to stop them in their tracks. It's been one of the best openly kept secrets that, for at least six years, Cheney ran the White House from behind the scenes.