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Might Dick Cheney really be tried for war crimes?

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(Read caption) Former Vice President Dick Cheney is interviewed on the 'Fox & friends' television program, about his book 'In My Time,' in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Is there a possibility that former Vice President Dick Cheney will be tried as a war criminal?

The question arises because Lawrence Wilkerson, a former top aide to ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell, said Tuesday that Mr. Cheney fears that very thing.

Cheney’s tough defense of his record during interviews promoting his new memoir “In My Time” are the bluster of someone who underneath is really worried about his actions, Mr. Wilkerson told ABC News.

“I think he’s just trying to, one, assert himself so he’s not in some subsequent time period tried for war crimes, and second ... [vindicate] himself because he feels like he needs vindication. That in itself tells you something about him,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said that he thought that as vice president, Cheney seemed to be a totally different person than he had been earlier, during his service as secretary of Defense in the administration of George H. W. Bush.

“He’s developed an angst and almost a protective cover, and now he fears being tried as a war criminal,” Wilkerson said.

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