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Claire Phipps: 'Iron-ass' Cheney and 'arrogant' Rumsfeld Damaged America, Says George Bush, Sr.:

  • George H.W. Bush: "I don’t know, he just became very hardline and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with. The reaction [to 9/11], 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..."

  • Dick Cheney: "I took it [George H.W. Bush's calling me 'iron ass'] as a mark of pride. The attack on 9/11 was worse than Pearl Harbor, in terms of the number people killed, and the amount of damage done. I think a lot of people believed then, and still believe to this day that I was aggressive in defending, in carrying out what I thought were the right policies..."

  • George H.W. Bush: "[Cheney's building] kind of his own state department..."

  • Dick Cheney: "[George H.W. Bush's] diary’s fascinating, because you can see how he felt at various key moments of his life. So I’m enjoying the book. I recommend it to my friends. And [I’m] proud to be a part of it..."

  • George H.W. Bush: "I do worry about some of the rhetoric that was out there--some of it his [George W. Bush's], maybe, and some of it the people around him. Hot rhetoric is pretty easy to get headlines, but it doesn’t necessarily solve the diplomatic problem..."

  • George H.W. Bush: "[Saying 'Axis of Evil'] might be historically proved to be not benefiting anything..."

  • George H.W. Bush: "[Rumsfeld is] an arrogant fellow. I don’t like what he did, and I think it hurt the president. I’ve never been that close to him anyway. There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick-ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that..."

  • Dick Cheney: "It’s [George H.W. Bush's] view, perhaps, of what happened, but my family was not conspiring to somehow turn me into a tougher, more hard-nosed individual. I got there all by myself..."

  • George W Bush: "[My father] would never say to me: ‘Hey, you need to rein in Cheney. He’s ruining your administration.’ It would be out of character for him to do that. I made the decisions. This was my philosophy. It is true that my rhetoric could get pretty strong and that may have bothered some people. Obviously it did, including Dad, though he never mentioned it..."

  • George H.W. Bush: "[George W. Bush] is my son, he did his best and I’m for him. It’s that simple an equation."


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