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August 25, 2011

Cheney: I wanted to bomb Syrian reactor in 2007

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to a crowd of service members on Balad Air Base, Iraq, March 18, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter) (www.army.mil)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to a crowd of service members on Balad Air Base, Iraq, March 18, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter) (www.army.mil)

Dick Cheney urged former President George W. Bush to bomb Syria, according to the former Vice President’s new memoir.

According to the New York Times, which obtained an advance copy of the new book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” Cheney advised Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site in June 2008.

Cheney’s advice was dismissed in favor of a diplomatic approach favored by other advisers.

“I again made the case for U.S. military action against the reactor,” Mr. Cheney writes in the book, reported the Times. “But I was a lone voice. After I finished, the president asked, ‘Does anyone here agree with the vice president?’ Not a single hand went up around the room.”

The Israeli Air Force eventually bombed the site in September of that same year after failed White House diplomatic attempts to get Syrian’s to abandon the secret project.

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