Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea
April 9th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
2 years ago

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. ZarGoth

    Wow- deep insight there...

    Please tell us something we don't already know.

    April 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Spidey-Man

    Hear those crickets? Just came out here to say nobody except yourself cares what you have to say about any situation anymore mr. ex vice president. Personally... I never cared what you had to say. I knew he was a crook of the worst kind from the beginning.

    April 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. Annie

    Thanks Cheney, I feel so much better now.

    April 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  4. suet

    if we are in deep doo doo, Mr. Cheney, you put us there by going into an unnecessary war in Iraq and distracting us from the real issues in Afganistan and N Korea.

    April 10, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. R

    "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,"
    This is what passes for wisdom today: said nothing; means nothing, Washington is a sad place these days. Nero fiddles while Rome burns. A Revolution is needed.

    April 10, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. JK

    Of course Cheney's going to say that. His Haliburton company profited to the tune of 36 billion dollars over the last two "wars".

    April 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. MTG

    I wish Cheney would of thought of this when he decided to invade Iraq for no apparent reason!

    April 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. DAVID

    hey "DICK" what do you care? YOU LOVE WAR. SOME HOW YOU WILL GET THE U.S. TO COMMIT MORE SOLDIERS TO THEIR DEATHS.

    April 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. It's Me

    Cheney ... ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea
    And Iran. That is because the world knows we don't have a strong leader. Oh well, 3 1/2 more years.

    April 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. joe

    Go away Cheney; you are a warmonger and we aren't interested in what you have to say.

    April 10, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  11. LWJR

    When the missile lands on Guam, the Obama admin will instruct the Lib Press to ignore. This is what happens when you put an inexperienced ideologue into the job of President. We are in huge doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. Clarke

    Deep doo doo! Is he trying to be funny or just unprofessional. He was VP at one time?

    April 10, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. Commonsense

    Why does the media still feed us the comments from Mr, Cheney, one of the most corrupt politicians this country has ever known.

    April 10, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. Frank

    We're in deep doo doo because Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush wanted to go marching off to war in Iraq to find oil and imagionary WMDs instead of doing something about North Korea when he had the chance. Now he should just keep his useless mouth shut.

    April 10, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Phil Jewett

    You can go back to sleep now. You've done enough damage.

    April 10, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. Lawless4U

    Sorrry if I don't take anything this guy says seriously. After the Iraq debacle, I don't know why anyone would believe a thing he says.

    April 10, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  17. zenDog

    Dick, it's wonderful that you are feeling better. We, the American people, are relived that your next reckless international hunting trip will not be at the massive expense of all of us on planet earth. Rumor has it that there are some nasty WMDs hidden beneath some canyons on Mars. What do you think, should we go for the the little green men this time?

    April 10, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. shawn

    Dick "wore a cowboy hat"...great, just what I wanted to see...our ex-secret black hand world leader pretending he's a cowboy too!. Grow up old men!

    April 10, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  19. Will N Atlanta

    "we're in deep doo doo" Ah, too have such an elegant command of the English language. Way to go Mr. Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. Doo-doo-kachoo

    " Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.” "

    Yes, using such words as Doo-doo.

    April 10, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. MC

    Are you sure this article wasn't taken from The Onion?

    April 10, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. Hugh Jass

    Cheney was alert, seemed to recognize everyone, and even had a little cake. They sang him a nice song and let him talk about Korea until he went to sleep.

    April 10, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. who you calling big nose?

    Southerland said "Cheney wore a big purple hat and clearly knew who he was and what year it is."

    Cheney was a malevolent disgrace even when he was sharp.

    April 10, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. MD

    CNN, seriously? This is your top ranked article under the North Korean headline article, and this is all you have to report? This is not newsworthy. You make a joke of true reporting. with this pseudo-news.

    April 10, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. MrComments

    This guy has a lot of nerve, the "doo doo" he got us into will take years to get us out of.

    And of course we all know Dick Cheney is an "expert" on foreign policy. He was the one who refused to act on 9/11 warnings, then tried to blame it on Saddam, then got us into a two trillion dollar war that strengthened Iran, etc.

    What a repulsive individual.

    April 10, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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