Bush Sr. lashes out at Cheney and Rumsfeld

Updated 05 November 2015

Bush Sr. lashes out at Cheney and Rumsfeld

WASHINGTON: Former President George H.W. Bush has reportedly lashed out at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, two key figures in his son George W. Bush’s presidency in a forthcoming book.
Bush, president from 1989-1993, has mostly been silent on issues regarding his son’s presidency and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But in an upcoming biography, he has some choice words for the two men who played a pivotal role in George W.’s 2001-2009 White House.
Former vice president Cheney built “his own empire” and had too much of a “hard-line” over his son in convincing him to use military force around the world, Bush said, according to The New York Times on Thursday, citing the former president’s biographer Jon Meacham.
And former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was an “arrogant fellow,” blind to the opinions of others, who “served the president badly,” Bush said.
Bush knows Cheney well, as the latter was his secretary of defense during the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, the US-led military push that liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army.
However as his son’s vice president, “he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,” Bush said.
He speculated that Cheney was influenced by his deeply conservative wife Lynne, whom Bush described as “the eminence grise.”
The elder Bush however acknowledged that his son was responsible for empowering Cheney and Rumsfeld, and at times used language that was too bellicose.
“Hot rhetoric is pretty easy to get headlines, but it doesn’t necessarily solve the diplomatic problem,” Bush told Meacham, according to The Times.
Bush specifically cited George W.’s 2002 “Axis of Evil” speech linking US enemies Iraq, Iran and North Korea.


Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at extremist rally

Updated 47 min 12 sec ago

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at extremist rally

QUETTA, Pakistan: A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an extremist rally in the regional capital.
Police said the blast went off near Quetta’s press club, where dozens of supporters for a militant group had gathered outside. They added that police officers were among those killed.
Hospital officials say some of the wounded persons were listed in critical condition.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Baluch separatist groups, as well as rival Shiite and Sunni militants, operate in the province and have staged similar attacks before.
City police chief Abur Razza Cheema said dozens of followers of the radical Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat party were rallying to pay tribute to Islam’s first caliph when the bomber blew himself up there.
Footage on social media appeared to show the explosion ripping through the local bazaar, sending people running for shelter.
The bombing destroyed some nearby shops and vehicles, police said.
The impoverished province of Baluchistan has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by armed groups demanding more autonomy for the region and a greater share in gas and mineral resources there. The government claims it has quelled the insurgency but violence has continued.