When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir Tuesday, it may cause the second earthquake in Washington, D.C., this month.
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“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ Cheney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel in an exclusive interview that will air on “Dateline” at 10 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 29.
In the book, titled “In My Time,’’ Cheney addresses a broad range of topics, including the attacks of Sept. 11; a secret resignation letter he kept in a safe in case he experienced catastrophic health issues, and his thoughts about former President George W. Bush and ex-Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. The 46th vice president discusses those topics and more in his candid interview with Gangel, and he’ll likely have more to say when he appears live on TODAY with Matt Lauer on Aug. 30, the day his book hits stores.Matt Lauer will interview former VP Cheney
One of the revelations in the book is the secret resignation letter that only one of Cheney’s staffers knew about. Signed in March 2001, the letter was locked in a safe at all times.
“I did it because I was concerned that — for a couple of reasons,’’ he told Gangel. “One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice president who can’t function.’’
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Cheney also expressed no regrets regarding the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.Slideshow: The private and public lives of Dick Cheney (on this page)
“I would strongly support using it again if we had a high value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk,’’ he told Gangel.
Cheney was unapologetic about portraying Condoleezza Rice as "tearful" when she admitted to him that he "had been right" after a disagreement. And he insisted that George Bush was in charge of the White House, despite chatter that the Vice President was pulling strings behind the scenes. Bush, he said, was "not as sensitive as I would have expected" about the rumors.Story: Powell says Cheney taking 'cheap shots' in book
"I think some of the staff occasionally were aggravated by a story that said, 'Cheney's, you know, pullin' the strings behind the scenes.' But it was never true," he said. "I mean George Bush was the president."
Cheney also addressed whether Bush will feel hurt or betrayed by the contents of the book, which details private conversations between the two on such topics as whether to attack a target believed to be Iraq president Saddam Hussein.Story: Cheney says he urged Bush to bomb suspected Syria nuke site
“I didn't set out to embarrass the president or not embarrass the president,’’ Cheney told Gangel. “If you look at the book, there are many places in it where I say some very fine things about George Bush. And believe every word of it.’’
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