Report: Cheney says he advised Bush to bomb Syria

August 24, 2011 - 11:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President George W. Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria.

The New York Times says Cheney writes in his forthcoming autobiography that he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria. Cheney says other advisers were reluctant because of "the bad intelligence we had received" before invading Iraq.

The Israelis bombed the Syrian site later in 2007.

Cheney criticizes other members of Bush's administration in his book. According to the Times, he accuses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of naivete and says he believed former Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to undermine Bush.

Cheney's book, "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," will be published next week.