(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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Wow, now that's some of the best advice I've heard in a long time. Now I see why we ended up in the quagmire that was Iraq!
Take a look at that picture. The Sith Lord before the accident...
We have a Community Organizer with no real experience, and another boy playing with his toys,
Both of them with problems at home, yet our guy is over there playing war games and upset because another boy is playing in his back yard.
Obama go home...you are not welcome..
The guy should be in jail for the Valerie Plame outing then he was the so called "brains" behind the Bush Administration on Iraq.
What total DB!
Question is how deep can the doo doo go..............
And of all people CNN decides to get Cheneys view on North Korea? Isn't this guy the same who trumpeted WOMD in Irak that ultimately turned out to be false and yet made millions of dollars in oil? CNN is the digital version of The Inquirer...
Poor old Dick needs to go away. His critique at best gives aid an comfort to the enemy- his opinions are usually pretty pointless......go away Dick– follow Pres Bush's lead!
Maybe if Cheney and Bush would have focused on North Korea getting a WMD instead of doing their fool's errand of invading Iraq, the world would be a much safer place.
We were in deep doo doo during the Bush/Cheney dictatorship.
Why is Cheney still a free man?
just curious. under the ACA can a 72 year old man get a heart transplant?
Shouldn't Dick Cheney be in prison?
I try not to dislike this man so, give him the benefit of the doubt - but, my emotions revert back to deep dislike for this man. I think he's deceitful, manipulative, and thinks if he throws out tidbits, people want to hear from him. I don't think that's the case. I think he needs to stop with the desire to get attention....
This piece of human garbage should have been tried for mass murder and hung. Instead – he's still giving advice to republicans? What other audience would be sufficiently stupid and immoral to listen to this filth.
What a waste of a good heart.
BTW, is he speaking about N. Korea while dollar signs cross his mind? Probably so....
cheney should be the last person giving foreign policy adivice.
Oh look, just the person I would want to consult for delicate decisions on foreign policy in a hypersensitive situation involving weapons of mass destruction that actually exist.
Traitor Cheney trying to talk us into a war so Haliburton can have a good year.
Thanks for the advice Darth Cheney. You always know what's up. Now crawl back into your death star and plug yourself back into your tax-payer funded life support system.
Of course, Cheney probably glossed over the fact that he and W were the ones that created the mess in North Korea.
No, Cheney; you are in Deep Doo Doo when your Perm a-Frost Heart finally gives out, and you discover you have arrived at a place where they take great pleasure in Torturing you for Eternity. That is called Justice.
"Clearly, we should invade Thailand, ASAP" Cheney was quoted as saying.
What knowledge could he share with a bunch of jackals that know only how to collect their pay check and benefits.
It's too bad he didn't give his iron-clad recommended course of action...it would be really nice to know what not to do. Dick how can we miss you when you won't go away?