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. John

    Cheney has already left a legacy we are still trying to rectify. The last opinion needed is his. He is a reckless warhawk

    April 10, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  2. Skarphace

    Merely saying that the situation is dire but not giving any recommendations is useless. If you have nothing productive to say, then don't say anything.

    In fact, one could argue that what Cheney said was counterproductive. The North Korean leadership could take his words as an indication that some leaders in America are worried. That could result in them acting even more beligerant and threatening. That would be the last thing we need if we stand a chance of avoiding war.

    On the other hand, this is Cheney we are talking about. He does own investments in companies that engage in war profiteering. War could be exactly what Cheney wants.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  3. michaellocher

    Cheney concludes that Kim doesn't posses an American worldview? Profound, Dick. If my cat could speak English, it could come up with that.

    April 10, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  4. BobbyD

    Whew! Well if Cheney thinks we're in trouble, there is probably nothing to worry about.

    April 10, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  5. Kayser Suzee

    He appeared well in his cowboy hat? This is what ran our government? Jeez....

    April 10, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  6. Kelster

    go away, Dick! you are a warmonger making money off of conflict.

    April 10, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  7. dave

    War Criminal

    April 10, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  8. Jetty

    While we wish Cheney good health with his successful hearth transplant, he might as well retire from public spotlight. That would be good for both the GOP and the peace loving Americans.

    April 10, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  9. rrock

    Darth Vader and the culture of fear. Does this mean more money for Haliburton or another defense contractor?

    April 10, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  10. tonyl

    Cheney is "has been" failure and a foool. This guy was wrong on Iraq and Saddam and WMD. This guy is 100% corrupt to his bone always trying to enrich the war profiteers and he is a war monger himself. I do not consider him credible on any issue. Most Americans don't. God help us from this so called and self made expert.

    April 10, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  11. ak_steve

    Why is it that every time I see a picture of Cheney, I can only think, "Yes Smithers."

    April 10, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. Linda

    Well I think Dick Cheney might be constipated....he might need to take a giant GOP poo. Grrrrrr....?

    April 10, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Cuck Fheney

    This PIG is a war criminal.

    April 10, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  14. JPB

    I can only thank God that nobody important listens to Dick anymore. Otherwise, in a few years we'd be hearing "... gee Cheney, that's another fine mess you've gotten us into!"

    April 10, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  15. SSE

    Well, now that Cheney is involved we ARE in deep doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  16. TKO

    What does this even mean, "we are in deep doo doo"? Shouldn't we expect something a bit more substantive from a former VP?

    April 10, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  17. Soothsayer

    Cheney is as dense on North Korea as He was on Iraq. North Korea is North of South Korea, Huh? Cheney and DumbDubya's vision of Korea.

    April 10, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  18. ecojec

    Cheney is deep do-do!

    April 10, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Hard to say he is wrong for once

    April 10, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  20. Joke

    Cheney is behind North Korea. Just look at the smirk on his face. He knows everything is going according to plan.

    Soon...

    April 10, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  21. sam

    Shouldn't he be in jail?

    April 10, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  22. jordan

    working in korea right now...and feel safe simply b/c i believe the opposite of what this guy says

    April 10, 2013 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  23. Penny Wright

    When has Dick Cheney ever told the truth?

    April 10, 2013 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  24. questioning this

    There are really no comments about this? riiiiiight.

    April 10, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  25. Phil Thomas

    CNN could put a side by side with his comments after the supreme court crowned hin and George Bush on Iraq and it probably wouldn't be that different. Broken Record, this guys probably just trying to spike up his war mongering stocks for his cronies just like he did back then

    April 10, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
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