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. dwinbourn

    Says the guy that makes billions off of war

    April 10, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  2. George

    The media is preparing us for a strike against N. Korea just like they did before the attack on Iraq. I wouldn't believe a word the US media says as they are bought and paid for Corporate America who stands to gain on these wars. Sadly, most people buy into the lies like they did before Viet Nam, and a host of other wars; and it's their children who will die fighting them. When will Americans wake up and say enough is enough. Goverment can't fight wars if everyone refuses to go.

    April 10, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  3. Anonymous

    So Cheney says "we're in deep doo-doo", eh? Said Iraq had WMDs as well. Guess that means we got nothin' much to worry about.

    April 10, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. pockets

    Spoken like the true war criminal that he is, he would know.

    April 10, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. PARAGON

    I have always wanted to see the face of TheDevil,. Thank you, CNN, for publishing the face of the reincarnation of evil-entire

    April 10, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Michael F.

    Very deep and thought provoking commentary from Darth Cheney—"deep doo doo". Thanks for that, Mr. VICE president...you've made everything a lot better with your sage advice. OH, wait...you didn't give any advice. Well, that's okay...your advice (Saddam Hussein) isn't really ALL that helpful. Glad to hear you got a cowboy hat. Christmas Present? How nice...

    April 10, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. oldisgold

    well said. Can't be more succinct.

    April 10, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. oldisgold

    thisis theface of devilevilreincarnate

    April 10, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. Jim Newman

    I fear that the former Vice President is correct about this. Our current president is "evolving" on everything, gay marriage, Israel, guns, you name it. My fear is that our current President is not up to the job that is facing him.

    April 10, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Steve1949

    Who would believe anything that Cheney says. He's a complete m0r0n and is well proven during his tenure with Bush. As a matter of fact, the who Bush administration including Bush were idi0ts.

    April 10, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. William

    Cheney is a traitor because he NEVER cared about America, he ONLY cared about CHENEY!

    April 10, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  12. North Dallas Don

    Former Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed a tendency to relish war, in spite of the fact that he, himself, chose to avoid serving in the military during Viet-Nam. Cheney appears to believe there's a boogie-man under every rock and we would do well to all but entirely ignore anything he has to say on international issues.

    April 10, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. drew

    and what the heck does cheney know about NK. he is certainly not privy to any intel. this is such a ridiculous story.

    April 10, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. boogertree

    "doo doo" is that a technical term?

    April 10, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. Marri

    What a sarcastic article. I guess I shouldn't expect anything less from a cnn puppet. I'm glad I don't tune in to fake journalism anymore. The only reason I occassionally click on to some of these left wing sites is to see if by chance they might be doing some fair reporting . So far, I haven't seen anything but vitriol and lies.

    April 10, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  16. Mick

    Whatever we do...we can never believe Cheney again. He ruined Powell's reputation and the USA's too. He is the devil incarnate. The devil personified.

    As Dick Cavett said after Roger Ebert died....why couldn't have it been Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Cheney should know, he's full of doo doo !

    April 10, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  18. dalewalk

    Am I the only one who is thinking about how the leaders of North Korea must feel when they here one of our ex vice-presidents state that "WE'RE in deep doo-doo"? Is there any doubt that the people of that lost land feel a new sense of strength and hope since their leader has received such a dunderhead response to his blathering? We could have very possibly had him on the ropes, should all of his bluster be proven empty and weak. Thanks DICK!

    April 10, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  19. Carole Clarke

    The problem is this young man's lack of experience. Grandstanding for domestic consumption is one thing but it can easily slide over into an unacceptable level of bravado from which he cannot retreat. The Asian values "face" above all. Other events may precipitate his gvt over the brink and one of those uniforms will push the button that takes out Seoul in South Korea which will commit us to retaliation. It might also commit mainland China to back the North Korean play even if it's the wrong choice, just to save "face". North Korea listens to nobody...except the Chinese. The beaurocrats in Beiging better find the vaudeville hook to drag young fatso off center stage before he starts a nuclear war.

    April 10, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. bob jaackman

    We should listen to him! He was spot on in Iraq.....oh wait...

    April 10, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  21. Darren

    Why would anybody listen to Cheney? Didn't he lose all credibility after Iraq?

    April 10, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  22. Carol

    We were in 'deep do-do' when he was VP. I am sure whatever North Korea does, we will have an appropriate response.

    April 10, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. Frankhy

    Well if Cheney hadn't made his administration and the puppet president Bush go a wild goose hunt in Iraq to benefit his oil buddies, then America would not be on the brink of financial ruin now, and could have actually been able to stand up to North Korea. This is what happens when you spend your money on useless things (Iraq) instead of saving them for when they are actually needed (financial crisis; North Korea etc).

    April 10, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Rogue351

    Cheney would have the USA in Another war over this North Korea thing. That is always the GOP / Tea Party Answer. Start a war and then pay your buddies that are lobbyists and government contractors a bunch of money to go over and nation build. All the while letting the US Infrastructure go to pot. As long as THEY are making money, who cares.

    As for North Korea, China had better step up and get them under control. it is time for China to choose, a money making investment in the west or a country that is the stuck in a time warp and causing problems. America does not need to be the world police as Cheney, Bush, McCain, Palin and Romney would lead you to believe. Yet again one of many reasons most are no longer in office.

    Cheney heart, he may have a healthy biological heart now. But he has never and will never have the morals worthy of calling him a man with heart. Secondly, his heart has no bearing on his opinions of North Korea, two completely different stories neither relating to the other.

    April 10, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. BeverlyNC

    What a brilliant assessment from a man who created a total fraud so we could attack a nation who was never a threat to us and had no WMD and never harbored Al Qaeda. Now we have a real leader who is threatening us (although his is not a very credible threat) and all Cheney can say is he basically has no clue how to handle an actual military situation.

    April 10, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
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