Washington - Former US vice-president Dick Cheney's new book levels “cheap shots” at colleagues and mischaracterises events, former secretary of state Colin Powell said on Sunday.
Powell, whose disagreements with Cheney on issues such as Iraq have been well known for years, said president George W. Bush's national security team did not function smoothly and that he had advised Bush to try to resolve the problem.
“We had different views,” Powell told CBS's Face The Nation, adding that the views could not be reconciled.
In the CBS interview, Powell was asked about passages in Cheney's book, In My Time, that are critical of Bush administration officials, including Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice.
“They are cheap shots,” Powell said.