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. Wanderer

    I am not a warmonger. I didn’t like former VP’s hawkish, either. But if N. Korea fires the first shot, for the sake of the people of N. Korea, it’s time for the U.S. and its allies to end the Kim Jong Un dynasty and liberate the people of N. Korea.

    April 9, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Colby

    Oh god not Dick Cheney again.... I thought he was gone once and for all!

    April 9, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. askdavey

    mr. vp, have not you done enough damage to this great nation?

    April 9, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Michael

    Who really cares about what chaney has to say. He started a war that should never have taken place and on faulty intel to boot. We've spent far too much human capital and for what, Iraq may fall and Afganistan will keep on the same path it was on before we got boots on the ground...Go away Dick!

    April 9, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. 111Dave111

    Cheney was invited by the House Republican whip at the weekly House GOP whip meeting.
    So glad that Respected Republicans feel that GW Bush/Cheney solved
    the crisis with Afghanistan and their "Axis of Evil", Iraq, Iran, & North Korea.
    It shows Cheney's profound insight & understanding of strategy & solutions.

    "deep doo doo", Cheney & McCarthy are full of it. And so is Cheney's 'cowboy hat'.

    April 9, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. observer

    “You people'’re in deep doo doo, because there is no oil reserve like Iraq, and there is no opportunity for Halliburtion." remarked Cheney.

    April 9, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. tim

    wow. Deep doo doo. Sounds completely frightening. Glad we were able to harness that insight from the former VP. Glad to hear it was "lucid and clear" too.

    April 9, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  8. Don

    I would suggest a friendly invitation to the N. Korean leader to go bird hunting in Texas with VP Cheney.

    April 9, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. janina

    Send Cheney to Korea bird-hunting with Kim Jong Un

    April 9, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Whatever Cheney advises, do the opposite.

    April 9, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. D

    Dick Cheney is a dirt ball.

    April 9, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. Eric

    It's time to get Dennis Rodman as our first ambassador to North Korea. He's our inside guy. Offer North Korea an NBA franchise if they give up their nukes. We can afford to send the Bobcats there.

    April 9, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  13. Jimh77

    What rock did he climb out from under? We don't care what you have to say, go back to your cave.

    April 9, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  14. Brian

    The first thing out of Cheney's mouth in ages is this? This is sharing his insight and experience on the matter? Whip McCarthy declined to say Cheney offered a specific course of action. . . earlier in the article it said he had nothing to offer. Busted, McCarthy. .. Go back to sleep, Cheney. After ten minutes if this is the Cheney and the GOPs can come up with it is emblematic of Dem bashing as usual. this is pathetic. Why are we and CNN wasting ANY time with this?

    April 9, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Jaimie

    Just shoot the missile down

    April 9, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. PDXSerric

    I wonder if we'd be in such deep doo doo had the Bush/Cheney administration focused on N Korea at the start of all of this rather than going after Iraq...

    April 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. jerry

    If history is any guide, the exact opposite of Cheney's predictions are true.

    April 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Rick

    I wouldn't take advice from a guy who got us into a trillion dollar war in Iraq over non-existent WMD's.

    April 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Maleficent

    The odd thing is that Kim Jong Un really likes western pop culture.

    April 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. timbo

    Thanks Dick. Very articulate. Deep doo doo? Glad to hear you are clear and lucid.

    April 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. ohiasia

    Gonna sleep through this one like I did Y2K. Wake me when we're on to the next "scare".

    April 9, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  22. TiredOfTheKims

    It's a nice thought, Dick, but the group in power there is a crime family. The Kims, from KIS, through KJI, down to the current boss KJU, are nothing more than thugs who can enjoy a good thick cut of marbled steak, a $170 bottle of scotch, and expensive toys, the same way any other crime family enjoys them. They are not going risk losing all that, despite all the trash talking.

    April 9, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Da Genious

    Cheny is a genius. Same guy that said Saddam Hussein was making nuclear bombs. He should have invaded North Korea instead. They HAVE nuclear bombs.

    April 9, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. ozwest

    Well, he would love nothing more than another war. Of course, he is peddling his propaganda to encourage the FEAR!! He will make more trillions of dollars off of another war!!!

    April 9, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. casy

    BREAKING NEWS: the wizard of oz finally gave dick cheney a heart

    April 9, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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