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. Kenny B

    Great news! Now we can relax about the threat from NK! My reason for good cheer is the established fact that Cheney has NEVER been right about any matter of foreign affairs. Seriously, it is uncanny how he can never be right.

    April 10, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  2. Utternonsense

    Too bad he and bush aren't still in charge.

    April 10, 2013 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  3. Jeremiah

    Cheney will order human beings tortured, held in secret prisons, kept from their lawyers, turned over to brutal regimes, and make a profit off it all...but, by God, he won't use dirty language.

    Pretty sound advice on Kim Jong Un though. I guess if we wanted to know what's going through the mind of a ruthless, powerful, and despotic leader...we should have just asked Cheney. He's probably working off the same manual.

    April 10, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  4. tralian

    It's not the first time Cheney's been in "deep." He was a little quick on the draw himself. Shoot first...identify target later:)

    April 10, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  5. hjc

    ....and the world will little note nor long remember until KJU launches a tactical nuke on the Korean Peninsula .

    Fools, the die is cast.

    April 10, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  6. Tracy

    Do NOT listen to this man. He was horribly wrong last time....now he wants to give his opinion?

    April 10, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  7. John

    Oh really Mr. Cheney, deep doo doo? Your administration had 8 years to put NK in it's place, you even included it in the Axis of Evil (greetings from Star Wars) and here we are in deep doo doo. Why do past failures get to be the experts of today?

    April 10, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  8. craig

    If Chaney were around in power, we'd already be at war. He'd never consider the outcome, nor how China might react. Anybody who can shoot his hunting partner isn't going to wait to see what's really going on. Iraq – shoot first, then lie!

    April 10, 2013 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  9. Daniel Kerwin

    Cheney is the last person anyone should be taking advice from. He is one of the idiots who used 9/11 as a basis to do what he was dying to do all along, go to war with Iraq. He just took his pre-cooked plan off the shelf, made up some lies, scared people into believing a mushroom cloud was around the corner and then called his buddies at Haliburton to say the gravy train is a coming. Cheney should just go away.

    April 10, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  10. Carlos Murphy

    Mr. Iraq says get ready for war.

    Republicans really are lost if this is their source of wisdom.

    April 10, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  11. thadius shadrach

    If Cheney or Bush go to Switzerland, they will be arrested for war crimes, so would Hitler no doubt, say Herr Shickel gruber, mein Fuhrer, what do you suggest we do about North Korea, : Uhhh, are they Jewish, No, maybe B uddhist, OK, send a reversed swastika it means good luck for buddhists. Right, and what about the nukes,
    Nada, let the American dupes do that

    April 10, 2013 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  12. jim lawrence

    Dick Cheney is a disgrace to America and should be tried along with George W. Bush for war crimes.

    April 10, 2013 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  13. Nicholas Smith

    Send Cheney to Pyonyang.

    April 10, 2013 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  14. khrog

    Jesus will tell you why people lack faith: people like Dick Cheney live on and speak.

    April 10, 2013 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  15. Rusty

    'deep doo, doo'... profound

    April 10, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  16. Oye

    Why is he not advising invasion? I thought he should with his knowledge of military matters and invasion strategies. This is a guy who is responsible for killing thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and yet he's free and still talking because he is an American citizen.....

    April 10, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  17. notsosmartski

    Cheney has caused more hardship to the world order than perhaps Hitler. He is one of the last living individuals we the people should listen to about his vision when discussing other countries.

    April 10, 2013 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  18. notsosmartski

    Cheney's behind the scenes decisions caused more hardship to individuals throughout the middle east than Hitler during his reign. Cheney disturbed the world order in such a way it will take a couple decades to get it settled. Why the news media allows his opinions to be heard is beyond one's imagination.

    April 10, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  19. David

    deep 'pooh pooh' would be more precise.

    April 10, 2013 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  20. Getoverit

    Cheney is right. But, of course, the liberals here will insult and personally attack him.

    April 10, 2013 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  21. DooDooMan

    Cheney was in deep doo doo too. He is a warmonger, probably wants the world to be in war so he can watch it on tv

    April 10, 2013 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  22. Hey he looks real worried about it...Cha ching...money...

    What a putz...sets it up and knocks it down with gun sales thru the roof...no you have to upgrade to fight he says to NK...

    April 10, 2013 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  23. Real Man

    Why does anyone care what dick Cheney has to say?

    April 10, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  24. Winston

    ...and how long did it take for the dark cloud to dissipate after he left the room? And was there thunder??

    April 10, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  25. Hugh Mann

    The "Axis of Evil" man comes out of his bunker to elicit cries of "Terrrrrrorrrrrr"
    ...and why isn't this man being tried for crimes against humanity at the Hague?

    April 10, 2013 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
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