Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea
April 9th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
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Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea

(CNN) – Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North Korea.

“We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide.

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Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.

One lawmaker present at the session, Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

“It was nice to see him doing well,” Southerland said, noting the last time Cheney was on Capitol Hill he "didn’t look good – very frail, but in this meeting he looked great."

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Cheney, 72, underwent a successful heart transplant in 2012 after a series of heart attacks over many years.

Southerland said Cheney spent about 10 minutes in the GOP leadership meeting Tuesday, and didn't give any specific policy recommendations or critiques of how the Obama administration is handling the situation in North Korea.

Cheney talked about the North Korean leader, Southerland said, and shared some of his history dealing with Saddam Hussein, noting "you never know what they're thinking."

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Southerland, summarizing the former vice president’s remarks, said Cheney advised not to “eliminate any possibility.”

“Here's a young guy we don't know very much about – have very little intel on him, so we just need to make sure that we don't assume why he's doing what he's doing because he could be doing what he's doing for any number of reasons,” Southerland recalled Cheney saying.

Cheney also dropped by the weekly House GOP whip meeting at the invitation of Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

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Cheney himself is a former House Republican whip.

"Whip McCarthy invited Vice President Cheney to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula with members of our whip team. We appreciate the vice president for sharing his insight and experience on the matter," a McCarthy aide told CNN.

The aide declined to say whether Cheney suggested any specific course of action on the situation in North Korea during this meeting.

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  1. Ima Mused

    Wow. "Doo doo." How eloquent. Maybe the former VP should go back to kindergarten and learn some more words.

    April 9, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Zeke Fizz

    What's he talking about that we don't already know?

    April 9, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Khalil

    Aren't you and Mr. Bush who gave N Korea enough time to build a bomb, while attacking Iraq after you lied to the Americans?

    April 9, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. 4wonderland

    Soon the republican “young guns” will be digging up the “Great Communicator” Ronny Reagan. You all remember him right, the one with Alzheimer’s, and the wacky wife who consulted her physic so she could advise her husband who couldn’t remember what day it was. The Republican party is full of obstructionists and bible thumpers who want to tell the rest of how to live. Time to disband, start over. Your plotting and scheming doesn’t work in the 21st century. There is this thing called the Internet it exposes things you don’t want people to know, retire the old white men instead of trotting them out like trophies.

    April 9, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Dave

    Fearmongering to the last. I hope he's wrong about NK and they're just bluffing as usual.

    April 9, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Milap

    Since "We’re in deep doo doo” does he have the solution?

    April 9, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Khalil

    Let me tell you what N Korea and Iran think. Cheney's USA attacked Iraqis because they don't have a bomb, NOT because they have one. So they worked according your approach.

    April 9, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. jim

    i see the eveil chenny is still fearmongering and alarming folks
    the gop lost my vote for letting him but in with his bs.
    isn't it time to aresst him for war crimes
    or better still lock him away in some seniors home
    jim

    April 9, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. montana insight

    A proven liar whose track record is disaster (wars). Any opinion of his is doo-doo. He should be too ashamed to speak in public.

    April 9, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. 4 trillion

    Pathetic......what did Dick do to improve our standing anywhere in the world, and now he chooses to fingerpoint,......what a pathetic individual he has become..................

    April 9, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Bill

    Don't give Cheney, the lunatic, any fact on this. Remember Iraq!!

    April 9, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Steve

    I'm sorry but Dick Cheney is about as relevant on current affairs today as he was 12 years ago when he swore before the US public that Iraq had WMDs. He just needs to shut up and go away like his previous boss did. That was perhaps the ONLY astute thing George W Bush has EVER done!

    April 9, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. JoJo

    Chickenhawk Cheney may be right about Kim Jong Un. Takes one to know one.

    April 9, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. DJ Reality

    Dick Cheney should just go away. Why can't we get rid of this crock?

    April 9, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. BO

    Cheny kicked-butt. Obama is a weakling.

    April 9, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. leukevent

    Oh, I thought Cheney was referring to the GOP in general and if so, these would have been the first 'lucid' and honest words to have been uttered by his lips in like, forever, lololol!!!

    April 9, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. ib42

    Transplant at 72? Evidently, murderous and illegal invasions pay for so many perks.

    April 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. hiruu

    Whatever Cheney suggest, I'd advise the President to take the opposite approach to...this guy is an extremist, not much different from that nutjob in North Korea.

    April 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. ericgoestoholland

    Glad to hear he's doing well, but it reminds me how happy i am to not have any cowboys in the oval office at the moment.

    April 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. Landshark Actual

    “Here's a young guy we don't know very much about – have very little intel on him, so we just need to make sure that we don't assume why he's doing what he's doing because he could be doing what he's doing for any number of reasons,”

    Bizzaro Cheney went on to say, "I mean, we had a TON of intel on Saddam and we still managed to make the wrong assumptions about what he was doing."

    Actual Cheney went on to say, "We need to ensure he doesn't do anything to harm our allies – a policy of pre-emptive strikes in support of regime change will promote freedom in the region, and when the North Koreans see that their freedom has been won, we will be greeted as liberators."

    April 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. Aaron Potier

    That Heart should have gone to a human.

    April 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Is he still alive???? !!!!!!

    April 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Jerry

    How long is the Fuse???? 2Miles!

    April 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Clark Van Winkle J61

    Wasn't Cheney's boss the one who irked them in the beginning? Would this situation be any different if GWB didn't call them an axis of evil?

    April 9, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. catdaddy

    Would be nice if he were running the show now instead of the idiots we have

    April 9, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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