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. Tim

    Cheney's head is full of doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  2. Larry

    Why is anything Dick Cheney says relevant? He's widely regarded as one of the worst VP's we've ever had, and there are many more effective current statesmen on both sides of the aisle who have much more respected and relevant analyses of this conflict.

    April 10, 2013 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  3. bobhamiltonchicago

    He forgot to add "which Dumb Dumb and I caused". And why aren't those two in jail in The Hague for their crimes against humanity? Why is he alive? Why is CNN quoting him?

    April 10, 2013 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  4. Steve R

    Why is this even news? Cheney is barely lucid at this point.

    April 10, 2013 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  5. splinter48708

    Well, at least Cheney didn't say "We're in deep s|-|it!

    April 10, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  6. bobhamiltonchicago

    Here's a guy to listen to, if you want to know how to lose two wars at the same time while devastating your own country's economy and causing it's permanent decline on the world stage, ruining its hard earned reputation, killing 6,000 of your own country's best young people, while permanently maiming mentally and physically, thousands more of them. Or maybe you just wanted to hear the voice of one of the two living American war criminals.

    April 10, 2013 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  7. Mikemo

    Yeah if there's one guy that we should listen to pertaining to unstable foreign countries; it's Cheney. Yep, I remember how well that worked out last time.

    April 10, 2013 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  8. vthorn

    Ok, let me get his straight: Darth Cheney's dire warning is that "we're in deep doo-doo" and the photo is a close up of his smirking grin. Wow. Since he got us in an illegal war in Iraq, another one in Afghanistan, which lead to even more in Libya, and going forward into Syria and maybe even Iran, all he has to say about North Korea is "...deep doo-doo..." and CNN just fawns all over him??? Does CNN ever "do" journalism anymore ot do they just pass "doo-doo" to the "rest of us"?

    April 10, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  9. romeno82

    please send him on the moon.. hes the devil himself

    April 10, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  10. Ted Striker

    What an inaccurate story ! Cheney has no heart. April Fools was last week.

    April 10, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  11. mb2010a

    Why would anyone care what Dick Cheney has to say about anything? The man as no credibility what so ever...

    April 10, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  12. Aaron Masser

    Why would anyone care or listen to what Dick Cheney has to say? He was either completely wrong or a gigantic liar in regard to most of the things he advocated and decided as vice president. He also profited personally (and made his friends profit) from the awful results of his wrong ideas. It would be hard to find someone with less credibility.

    April 10, 2013 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  13. Kurnalsam

    Thanks for your valuable insight, Dick. Maybe we should just go ahead and launch a preemptive war on little Kim, huh?

    April 10, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  14. justasportsnut

    Cheney is deep doo-doo; talking about a pot calling a kettle...SMH

    April 10, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  15. scott

    if n korea is such a problem, why didn't this jerk and his boss invade them instead of waisting a trillion dollars in funds, equipment, and people's lives in Iraq??? they were part of w's axis of evil. they had or were in the development of wmd's.. cheyney has no credibility...

    April 10, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  16. PJ

    Cheney has always been full of doo doo so I guess he knows what he is talking about.

    April 10, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  17. myway

    The last person to ask advice about rogue and unpredictable dictators is Cheney. He was wrong about Saddam and several other important issues he passed judgment on while VP.

    April 10, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  18. chefjeff

    "We're in deep doo-doo"

    Really? At first I thought I was reading something from "The Onion"

    April 10, 2013 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  19. Hooligan

    This is the same creep who said there were weapons of mass destruction when there WEREN'T... so forgive me if I don't take what he says about North Korea at face value.

    April 10, 2013 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  20. Dr Barnard

    We gave Mr. Cheney the heart of a 5-year old boy – which is why he is using the word "doo doo". He was previously saying "ca-ca", but we corrected him. He is also putting his crayons back in the box now.

    April 10, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  21. Matt

    If there is one person on the planet that I would NOT listen to on issues of military intelligence and foreign policy, it is Dick Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  22. antinwo

    That heartless (literally) man is a war criminal! Could his meeting have anything to do with furthering the interests of his military-industrial complex associates? How much you wanna bet? If he had a conscience, he'd be ashamed of himself.

    April 10, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  23. sheepoo

    Isn't this the same terrorist who planned the attack on Iraq when there were no WMDs there? At that time his 'intellect' did not go far enough to see who the real enemy of the US is.

    April 10, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  24. Jeremy

    Super genius strikes again. Probably thought Bush was president again and he started another war. We are not in deep doo doo. You can't predict the unpredictable. This country actually has weapons of mass destruction and I'm pretty confident the USA and its allies can handle North Korea if the doo doo does hit the fan. Enjoy retirement Mr. Cheney, you and Bush deserve it!!!

    April 10, 2013 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  25. Randall

    Will the North Koreans greet us as liberators, Mr. Cheney? I'm sorry, but you lost all credibility on foreign policy about ten years ago.

    April 10, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
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