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. HenryB

    And again we see this shallow thinking about quite frankly anything by Dick. It is a problem we, in the United States, have and we are led by people who, because of their current or past positions, should have a better understanding of what happens in the world. If he can only describe North Korea as doo doo, then we are indeed in big doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. WhoCanYouTrust

    I'm sure it would be beneficial for KBR if America went to war with North Korea Ehh..?

    April 10, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. Jefferson tarheel

    Do we really need this draft-dodging, war-monger "amping up" the do-nothings in the House? Somebody should just take this guy and have him tried for war crimes. He's a lying SOB and should just GO AWAY! Dick Cheney – you are covered in the blood of our servicemen who gave their lives and limbs for your lies and deceit as well as the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. Your policies were a failure just like your administration. GO AWAY! Retire, turn yourself in, go sit in a wheelchair and read – do anything but please, just GO AWAY!

    April 10, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. TellasisPatel

    Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney. “We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership. He should have stopped right there. It is very good assessment of the current Republican Party.

    April 10, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  5. Danny

    yea and this from the guy that said Saddam Hussien had WMD's. I hope the republican party does not listen to this fool again

    April 10, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Dan

    Just what a tense situation needs, a Dick giving advice.

    April 10, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  7. Al

    He looks happy because he knows he will make more money from a conflict in North Korea.

    April 10, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  8. Tonyb

    advise from the war monger....fantastic. With his track record he should be listened to...and do the opposite. What an arrogant fool.

    April 10, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  9. james70094

    Considering how right he was about Iraq, how can anyone question him on N. Korea?

    April 10, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. JohnnyZ

    Thank God for Cheney. He stepped up and said the US is facing serious trouble and should be very concerned; however, he used a more eloquent terminology that is obviously technical jargon the average person cannot comprehend. He also revealed that North Korea doesn't share the same worldview as the US.

    Now that we know North Korea is different and we are in trouble, lets all be afraid. Thanks Dick!

    April 10, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  11. Tom

    I'm sure he would find a way to start a war for oil, except N Korea doesn't have any oil.

    April 10, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. StanCalif

    Dick Cheney??? The biggest crook to ever "serve" in the White House? When is this guy going to disappear? GWB disappeared the day he left office, this crook just won't go away! Of course he has no "recommendations" on North Korea, they don't have any oil! He failed to get Iraq's oil, then prompted the worst disaster in history in the Gulf of Mexico.

    April 10, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  13. John

    Going by Cheneys' history, we should invade immediately.

    April 10, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  14. jeff

    Who cares what this stock manipulator thinks?

    April 10, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. The prophet

    Irrelevant....Cheney that is....

    April 10, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. IndFL

    Yea Dick, you all did such a great job handling his Dad while you were misguiding us into 2 wars that we didn't need. I've always said we need to watch out for Putin, Iran and NK but your greedy brains just wanted Oil and we are paying dearly for it now.

    April 10, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  17. lloyd roberts

    Oh yeah, the guy that swears Hussein was behind 9-11 even though the rest of the world knows it was the Saudi's. This guy so helped Iran by taking out Saddam, a Sunni dictator in a majority Shia nation. Now because of Bush/Cheney, the Shia run Iraq and are hooking up with their Shia brothers that run Iran. On top of that, Bush/Cheney never even negotiated an oil dividend from Iraq to pay us back for the nearly trillion dollars we spent tearing down and rebuilding Iraq. Plus his three military deferments, I wouldn't trust his diplomatic logic with anyone. If you trust him Southerland, you're a traitor

    April 10, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  18. twm

    I find it ironic that the GOP is listening to Mr. Chaney – a private citizen for how long now?!?!

    April 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. popseal

    Not to worry, King Pinocchio, 'shotgun' Biden, and 'gigilo' Kerry are all over this and will bring peace and sanity as soon as the King makes a speech to an audience full of morons and the Three Monkey Media licks his royal boots.

    April 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. Ari3s

    Darth Cheney is back to shoot from the hip and ask no questions. YeeeHAW! Who's ready to invade North Korea? Can I get a YeeeHAW?!

    April 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  21. William W Morgan

    We are in "deep foo-doo" because of Cheney and his cohorts, who started wars for no reason. 9/11 was easily preventable any time between 1970 & 2000. Even after 9/11, modern terrorism was still easily preventable. If he were not ignorant of history and cause and effect in our world. He, Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and others committed crimes against humanity. Bankrupted America and created a world-wide financial disaster. Why do we protect a "democratic president" while sending other dictators to a war crimes trial?

    April 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. Marcus

    Deep doo doo? Thank you for that keen assessment Mr. Vice President. Very insightful and thoroughly helpful.

    April 10, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  23. be in tn

    no one care what you think, dicky

    April 10, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  24. Guest

    I'm sure Cheney is all about going to war again. As soon as possible. That way he can make some more money. He's a chicken-hawk! Plus, I'm pretty sure he sold his soul to Satan to get that fresh new heart. Its likely he pulled it out of a virgin's chest on an altar under a full moon too.

    April 10, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  25. Nitzie

    I thought this guy was dead. Are the sure this isn't a Disney Robo-tron with a cowboy hat? But then what is the difference than the real one.

    April 10, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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