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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soundoff (1,614 Responses)
  1. Evan

    Not enough info given in this article.

    April 10, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. anthony

    Inviting this guy to to speak to Republicans in Congress? Unbelievable! This is a man who should have been charge for international war crimes! Even W knows better to stay away in shame and keep out of politics. Almost 4,000 dead Americans and over 100,000 citizens of Iraq dead over a war that was made up.

    April 10, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Dick Cheney already showed us how to handle things with his lies about WMDs and thus got us into the decade of misery in the Mideast. Why would anyone listen to this deranged warmonger?

    April 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. C Gendron

    Why is CNN stillnplaying this game of giving a platform to a nobody like him. He is retired and has nothing worth to say or add to this and is not qualified anymore to bring in any positive or constructive idea on this, this is pathetic from your part .

    April 10, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Tom

    Yep, NK seems to be a problem – lest's invade Iraq again, right Dick?!

    April 10, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Justin

    Haliburton on stand by

    April 10, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Jarsbait

    The guy who led the country to war in Iraq on lies...very reliable source of guidance,.

    April 10, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. bill

    why would we put anything in to what this chickenhawk thinks look at the past on him hes in it to make more money

    April 10, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Mrp

    “We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide. Finally someone may have found a way to talk to Congress so they understand.

    April 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Greg Clapton

    Cheney who fabricated the evidence that got us into a war with Iraq just to get apuoyts to his Haliburton buddies. He is headed south when he finallymeets his maker.

    April 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Sally

    I would consider the foreign policy advise from my dog before I would consider the advice from Dick Cheney

    April 10, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. cattu

    "Deep Do Do" Now I know Cheney has lost it. This was once our Vice- President? They better lock him up for his own safety.

    April 10, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. SmarterthanU

    Thanks for the constructive comment Cheney. Nice way to show your leadership. You are like the Home Alone kid holding his face "Uh Oh"

    April 10, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Ted

    The deep doo doo we're standing in is a result of Cheney's war crimes.

    April 10, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. James PDX

    Yes, let's listen to Cheney. His advice can be nothing but top notch. I keep hearing how the GOP wants to grow and dispose of their old, tired image, so this is definitely a step in the wrong direction.

    April 10, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Roscoe

    What we learned from this article:

    1. He wore a cowboy hat and looked good
    3. It was nice to see him
    2. You never know what they're thinking
    4. You can't eliminate any possibility
    5. He's doing what he's doing, because he's doing what he's doing
    5. We're all in deep doo doo

    April 10, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Stewart

    Hey – maybe Dick can get us into another unnecessary WAR! He's a great resource.

    April 10, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Krumdiggity

    Anything to do with Haliburton increasing its profit margins again by being the sole bidder on multiple postbellum contracts?

    April 10, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. JOhn

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." – Did anyone just learn something here?

    April 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. danielatlanta

    Cheney's specialty is reveling in deep doo doo. He's been shoveling it out to the American public for years. And, he is always wrong, a false prophet for sure!

    April 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. S. Ryan

    Mr. Vice President, your language! :)

    April 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. agathokles

    I'm sure Cheney would like us to invade NK. He's convinced the population there would welcome us a liberators...

    April 10, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Sally Hinson

    Can there be a more crass, obnoxious, old-fashioned and infantile way to express the situation than "We're in deep doo-doo?" Cheney has always been a fool and out-of-touch in every way. What a pitiful excuse for a GOP spokesperson - and that's saying something.

    April 10, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. danielatlanta

    Cheney's specilalty is reveling in "deep doo doo." History has shown him to be a false prophet time and time again. Anyone who listens to him now is a fool.

    April 10, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Zev Paiss

    I suggest sending Chaney to North Korea so he can get it all fixed. If he comes back good for him. If he doesn't good for us.

    April 10, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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