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Report: Cheney Says He Urged Bush To Bomb Syria

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney writes in his new memoir that he urged former president George W. Bush to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria but Bush rejected his advice.

The New York Times -- which obtained a copy of the book -- says Cheney wrote that he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria.

Other advisers were reluctant, Cheney says, because of "the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq's stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction" before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Israelis bombed the Syrian site later in 2007.

Cheney's book, "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir" is due to be published on August 30.

compiled from agency reports