While Dick Cheney's new memoir In My Time hasn't made any heads explode yet, it has drawn criticism from some Republicans for its "cheap shots," as former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, and its lack of self-criticism, as columnist George Will said on ABC's This Week. In particular, Cheney's detractors are focusing on the wreckage of the Iraq War and his failure to acknowledge any missteps in the execution of the conflict. Here's how pundits are coming down on the book:
He should apologize for misleading the country, says The Washington Post's conservative columnist George Will on ABC's This Week on Sunday:
Five hundred and sixty five pages and a simple apology would have been in order in some of them. Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years is we went to war—big war, costly war—under false pretenses. And…to write a memoir in which you say essentially nothing seriously went wrong…if I wrote a memoir of my last week, I would have things to apologize for.
He deserves blame for post-invasion Iraq, former Secretary of State Colin Powell tells CBS on Sunday: "The president knows that I told him what I thought about every issue of the day. Cheney may forget that I'm the one who said to President Bush, 'If you break it, you own it.' And you have got to understand that if we have to go to war in Iraq, we have to be prepared for the whole war, not just the first phase. And Mr. Cheney and many of his colleagues did not prepare for what happened after the fall of Baghdad."