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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soundoff (1,614 Responses)
  1. kent

    lets just hope he didn't convince anyone that north korea has weapons of mass distruction.

    April 9, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. twalk

    Cheney is evil. Next time he is on a plane or boat take him overseas, so he can be arrested and tried for war crimes. Cheney makes up fact to start wars. He creates his OWN intel to start wars. Evil man.

    April 9, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. kyle britt

    Glad ole Sure Shot wasn't giving a press conference at a dove shoot.
    How can a draft dodger be an expert on war? He helped make the great WMD call on Iraq. but of course Halliburton made billions on no-bid contracts!

    April 9, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Jon

    Isn't this the same guy that went on the Sunday news shows talking about mushroom clouds if we didn't attack Iraq? Shut up penguin and go back underground.

    April 9, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Chamayo

    Why is the USA at the center of this? He should get in line behind the other corrupted governments, especially Syria. Every neighboring country is really going to be ticked off when the anti-missile defenses knock down nuclear missiles over their airspace, and only N. Korea should be blamed. Is NATO going to automatically allow the full armament of South Korea without dispute therefore?

    April 9, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Don

    Mr. Doom himself. This man will just not go away. LOL.

    April 9, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Lola

    Cheney is a bunch of doo doo himself. Not newsworthy. Doo doo???

    April 9, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Ian

    "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."

    What a surprise.

    April 9, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Frank

    Considering what happened the last time we did something based on Cheney's view of a world leader, I say we just ignore him. It'll be for the better.

    April 9, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Lenny Pincus

    Only Republicans in DC care what this piece of doo-doo has to say.

    April 9, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Doc1

    Answer this? If we know so little about this new NK leader, how is it then that Cheney, who has little access to intelligence briefings able to discuss how to deal with him?

    April 9, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. JohnyBgood

    Is spawn of satin still alive? What evil is this monster plotting now?

    April 9, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Exactly the guy we need to listen to lol. He is just plain moronic.

    April 9, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. drury armistead

    this guy is a war-mongerer

    April 9, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. ToldUSo

    After Cheney's outstanding performance in Iraq, who cares what he thinks?

    April 9, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The prince of darkness is back? lol!!!

    April 9, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. John john the pipers son

    I totally agree with most of his statement ...but what do you mean in Korea?
    Silly rabbit!

    April 9, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. jennifer in Houston

    Cheney would recognize deep doodoo after all he sunk us in deep.. We don't need to listen to any thing that idiot says.

    April 9, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Mario

    This dude is still alive?

    April 9, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. chizzlin sam

    Cheney belongs ON TRIAL for financial crimes, illegal detention, torture, conspiracy, war crimes (etc)...
    throw him in an orange jumpsuit and send him to Guantanamo.

    April 9, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. mattand

    Yeah, given Cheney's track record on starting and bungling wars, I'd sooner take driving lessons from Stevie Wonder.

    April 9, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. ja

    who gives a shake about Cheney, been there done that, he probably suggest we do an Iraq on north korea

    April 9, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Mike

    "You never know what they're thinking..." Well there's the understatement of the day. I guess Cheney's experience in dealing with Saddam could be used as an example of what not to do. Thank the stars that North Korea isn't sitting on top of large oil fields.

    April 9, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  24. jakedog

    Dont think you know what you think you know because you never know what you dont kow when you ned to know it. I think I'll use that BS next tiime someone asks me to explain a manufacturing problem. The master has spoken yet again and we still dont know what he is saying.

    April 9, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. David Garrett Jr.

    There's no way Cheney would use the words "doo doo."

    April 9, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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