Cheney has come clean about some his actions on 9/11 in a new Showtime documentary, The World According to Dick Cheney.
The veep reveals that he gave orders and generally acted like the president - but at the 9/11 Commission he pretended that Bush was in charge, as he admits on the show.
"I gave the instructions that we'd authorize our pilots to take it out," he reveals, speaking of United Flight 93, the hijacked plane that was crashed by its passengers into a Pennsylvania field.
That fact came out at the 9/11 commission in 2004, but this is the first time Cheney himself has admitted it.
The documentary also "reveals the Iago lengths that Cheney went to in order to manipulate the unprepared junior Bush," as Dowd puts it. "To make his crazy and appallingly costly detour from Osama to Saddam, and cherry-pick his fake case for invading Iraq, he played on W.'s fear of being lampooned as a wimp, as his father had been."
"If I had to do it over again, Cheney says, "I'd do it over in a minute."