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. Ted

    The North Koreans are in 'deep doo doo'

    April 10, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Jim

    If after 50 years of US aid, South Kotr\ea can.t stand alone, what have we accomplished? I hope Iraq isn.t another South Korea.

    April 10, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  3. Mel Love

    Mr. Cheney needs to get somewhere and have a seat. He's lied about soooo much no one knows what to believe anymore!

    April 10, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  4. Worldpolitks

    Nice to hear Cheney "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.” Surprising how Jesus can change a boy's heart. I reckon i used to hate him. North Korea is a 'special case' gentlemen, and i would like to commend you greatly you the USA and South Korea for such awesome patience and your use of your brains. Please keep it up.

    April 10, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  5. lostisland

    It appears that even a new heart can't help Dick Cheney. I wonder how much he paid to get to the top of the donor list. I really detest that man.

    April 10, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  6. Piet

    I just love Cheney's grasp of the technical vocabulary.

    April 10, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  7. joe

    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." Basically has made a non statement, trying to stay relevant and you know how well that worked out last time.

    April 10, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  8. Steven McConnell

    Of course the U.S is in deep doo-doo Cheney. While North Korea has been publicly and successfully testing nuclear bombs the, morons like Cheney have focused all our energies on chasing down enemies of Israel. Now a potential nuclear threat to the U.S and suddenly congress remembers there are other foreign powers besides Iran.

    April 10, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  9. Jane

    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.
    This is a very telling statement. He gives no specifics on anything. Just criticizes. Hmmmm. Same old stuff. Glad you're out to pasture Cheney. Stay there.

    April 10, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  10. RA

    I do not trust that vulture Cheney. He was instrumental in pushing us into Iraq. How many young American lives did he sacrifice to further his horrible agenda? The blood of tens of thousands of Iraqi lives are on his hands too. DO NOT listen to any advice this man offers unless to do just the opposite. Please fade away Cheney. You have done quite enough.

    April 10, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  11. reality watch

    So, here is a bonifide war criminal that sent over 5000 US troops to die in a war that he advocated and illegally initiated behind the Congress of this country.
    Lied about the intel, lied about WMD, and fed his cronies in Halburton tons of money in war repreations.
    Then, becuase he has lots of $$$ and power, jumps in front of how many more needy patients that have waited years to get a new start in life via a transplant. He jumped the line and stole one, pure and simple.
    This man is the empitamy of evil, yet some folks pay to hear him spew his venom.
    The day he drops, I will go out and have a beer to celebrate the loss of one of the largest piles of doo doo that this country has seen in decades.
    Thats all I got to say about that . . .

    April 10, 2013 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  12. fekt

    well, maybe we can continue the cheney/bush era policy on north korea of calling them names while we invade iraq because it has oil.

    April 10, 2013 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  13. Grace

    I hope he's feeling well but the last person we need help with on a war situation is anyone from the Bush/Cheney team.

    April 10, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  14. T

    ...If we had Cheney and his Muse ...W. ......still in office.......the USA would have invaded Iran, Pakistan, NK, and......lets see..............how about Mali as well. Of course the Defense budget would be up to 70% of our expenditures...and American dead military would be approaching 250,000. BUT.....................Raytheon, Martin/Marietta.....and all Defense contractors would be raking in.............BILLIONS......not millions.

    April 10, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  15. irishadian

    This is news?

    April 10, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. Jason Wolfe

    Most are deaf too peace, and are acting like ignorant fools, when they use appearances to create their reality. Why do people not realize that this world could be paradise if they just stopped to think. Following a path blindly can lead someone off a cliff, and just because someone trusts the guide doesn't mean they should not watch where the path may lead.

    April 10, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  17. peter

    This man is the creepiest, pathological being that has ever held office. He is insignificant and unimportant and no one wants to hear his twisted rhetoric, time for him to get off , even decent Republicans can not stand this sociopath

    April 10, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  18. Rev. HENRY WESTER

    Cheney shut up, we were in deep doo doo with and with a major WAR. Loss of american and what was that really about?

    April 10, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  19. Tim W.

    “We’re in deep doo doo,” ................I'd say that sums it up right nicely !

    April 10, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  20. Jim Lee

    So, the war criminal spoke.

    April 10, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  21. Yakimo

    I in particular do not think that the young Kim Jon Un is the one causing the problem in North Korea. The reason being that he is too young and too naive and inexperienced to understand what the result will bring,in case war breaks on the Korean Peninsula,and in that region.To me,he is just a puppet of the regime.He is being placed in front and being manipulated by the old rogues who ruled together with his grandfather,and later his father.In my point of view,these crooks are just trying to get world attention by doing what they are trying to do.

    April 10, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  22. mattski

    Insight? Experience? This is the guy who told us we'd be "treated as liberators" when we defeated Saddam. Yeah right. Fool me once, shame on you...

    April 10, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  23. andrew

    So..dicky..should we preemptively fire off some nukes at NK and then invade from the South?? I guess we can surmise that NK HAS weapons of Mass destruction and that is a 'green light' to nuke...Some things never change.

    April 10, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  24. I am Sam

    Cheney should be on his way to the gallows with George W. Bush. When is this country to practice what they preach about justice and hang these two criminals and their counterparts!!! When!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  25. M

    Doo doo? ha ha ha! Did he find that phrase on "the Google"? I think Jesus still counts that as an obscenity. Add it to the list along with torture, murder, etc...

    April 10, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
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