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. mbane

    Why isn't this guy in a prison for crimes agaisnt humanity? He's wanted by Amnesty International afterall.

    April 10, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    I've always been under the impression that one must first have a heart in order to receive a transplant.....

    April 10, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Rick

    I smell Haliburton and profits as the underlying publicity stunt.

    April 10, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Joseph D'Amico

    "We're in deep doo doo". Most eloquent words he's ever spoken and I guess he's very concerned that there will be a war that Halliburton doesn't have the inside track on for its
    inflated contracts..................

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

    The fact that the GOP is still listening to Dick Cheney is indicative of how little they've learned from the recent past.

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

    "Cheney himself a former Republican Whip" How intellectual, "we're in deep doo-doo" More like he's a former House Republican RIP.....him and Halleburton ripped off the American people and this crook is still running free.

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

    "Whip McCarthy invited Vice President Cheney to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula with members of our whip team"

    and his only comment was "We're in deep doo doo"?

    April 10, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. John

    Under Clinton we sent Carter to North Korea and they agreed to stop thier nuclear program and we where on the way to establishing civil relationship with North Korea. When the Bush adminstration took over they tore up the agreement, insulted N Korea and labled them "evil". So thanks Chenny buy your reign of terror is over.

    April 10, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. Sarah

    Likewise, Cheney is unpredictable, you never know who he is going to shoot or want to go to war with next.

    April 10, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. Craboo13

    Maybe if Cheney did not invade Iraq for no reason we would have the ability to do something about it. I could not think of a man that has less credibility in these matters.

    April 10, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. Yakman2

    “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.

    Sort of when he said they have WMD's in Iraq all of the place...He's lickin his chops....stands to make more billions he'll split with the Bush, Rotchild, Rockefellow,,,cronies.....

    April 10, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. yep

    Cheney should just sit down and shut up. How did dubya become the smart one?

    April 10, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. narfzort

    why is cheney still alive? i always thought people lived because they had something to offer humanity. boy, was i wrong.

    April 10, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. Dadster

    Can't help but feel that the only reason Cheney made a visit was to remind his colleagues to not forget about using Haliburton if we have to rebuild North Korea.

    April 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. BuzzA

    Cheney, master of diplomacy and tact, at it again. No wonder he has so many wars under his belt.

    April 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. NgauHuPhart

    More words of wisdom from Dick. No rationale behind the meaning behind the phrase...

    April 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. weezer

    And "deep doo doo" was enough of a reason for the Bush admin to bomb the crap out of anyone. If Dubya was in there, Kimmy's house would be toast, and we'd be in a shooting war with China right now.

    "Deep doo doo"? Are ya kiddin' me? Wasn't this guy VP of the US once?

    April 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. Ed W

    Isn't that a profanity?

    April 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Dave - Phx

    Cheney trying to stir up more war...what a surpirise.

    April 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. RickV

    I so wish Cheney would go away and take McCain and Rove with him. Maybe if we tell him that if we go to war with North Korea we can't afford to take Halliburton this time. One hopes.

    April 10, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. child of midian

    Well after the calls Cheney made on Iraq and Afghanistan I'd absolutely give him my full attention on this. Pearls, people, pearls!

    April 10, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  22. Larry T

    Does Mr. Cheney think we should invade N. Korea to eradicate their WMD's (like we did for Iraq, billions of dollars in-debt and thousands of lost/shattered soldiers/civilians later)? Sorry, but I hindsight is 20-20 and in this case I think Mr. Cheney should "quietly" enjoy his retirement pension.

    April 10, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Subbkon Chunce

    Put 30 seconds on the clock...

    1. Hey everyone, gather 'round. A crazy old man is talking.
    2. Ga ga goo goo doo doo. Cheney need a binky.
    3. "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators."
    4. I think Rep. Southerland and Cheney make a cute couple. Nice to see the public display of affection.
    5. On a related note, what's that Sanjaya kid from American Idol up to these days?

    April 10, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. randy

    i think he should of said this when BUSH was elected. I am sure him and his Haliburton buds are hoping for a new contract (a war).

    He is irrelebvant and done is share of killing. talk about unpredictable?

    April 10, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  25. Howard

    The latest pronouncement from the fearmonger-in-chief.

    April 10, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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