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Powell disputed Cheney’s claim that the vice president had pushed Powell out in 2004, saying that’s when he had intended to leave, and described the administration as dysfunctional at the time of his departure.

“It was clear by 2004 that the team was not functioning as a team,” Powell said. “And we had different views, and not just views, not views that could be reconciled. And so I said to the president that I would be leaving at the end of the year, after the election, and he ought to take a look at his whole team to try to resolve all these issues.”

Powell also said Cheney went too far to sell more copies of his book, using the tactics of a supermarket tabloid to promote it.

"I think Dick overshot the runway," Powell told CBS' Bob Schieffer, adding that he would have expected Cheney’s comment that the memoir would "makes heads explode" from a gossip columnist, not a former US vice president.

The twisted tale Cheney weaves in his memoir is a bald attempt to rewrite history, writes Robert Kaiser, in the Washington Post.

“If this book were read by an intelligent person who spent the past 10 years on, say, Mars, she would have no idea that Dick Cheney was the vice president in one of the most hapless American administrations of modern times," says Kaiser. "There are hints, to be sure, that things did not always go swimmingly under President George W. Bush and Cheney, but these are surrounded by triumphalist accounts of events that many readers – and future historians – are unlikely to consider triumphs.”

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