Apparently, former Vice President Dick Cheney isn't saving all his venom for the Republican Administration in his new book. While he only mentions now-Mayor Rahm Emanuel twice in his new memoir, Cheney manages to get in a good jab at the former Obama Chief of Staff.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cheney first mentions a piece of advice that he gave Emanuel in a briefing conducted by the outgoing Bush Administration's Chief of Staff Josh Bolten. Notes Cheney, he delivered one of his "better lines" when he gave Emanuel "his most important piece of advice," saying, "Whatever you do, make sure you've got the vice president under control."
Where Cheney reserves his ire for Emanuel comes later, when Cheney writes that the Bush Administration turned over intelligence on Afghanistan so that "politics wouldn't get in the way." Dubious as that assertion seems, Cheney later takes fire at Emanuel when he commented that the Bush Administration left the incoming Obama Administration "without a plan."
Apparently in the eyes of Cheney, sharing intelligence is the same as a plan of war or general strategy. Still, Emanuel is the least of Cheney's victims in his new book, which is raising hackles across the Republican Old Guard. Both General Colin Powell and former Secretary of State Condee Rice have been slammed by Cheney. Even President Bush's memory of events seems to conflict with Cheney's, although Cheney appears to be taking a more delicate approach on that front, given his comments on NBC last night.
Still, despite his predictions, no heads have yet exploded in Washington.