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. wisdomVSknowledge

    I agree with Cheney. We really don't know why North Korea is acting up. Is it their own private agenda or that of China? So, as Cheney advised... "not to eliminate any possibility". I think that should apply to retaliation as well.

    April 10, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. big SCROTES

    Okay. Not sure what I despise more about what is on this page. One thing could be that Dick Cheney is even a newsworthy figure, considering.... anything about his history at all during the Bush years. Another could be this brainless idiot: "he wore a cowboy hat, looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.” The man said "deep doo-doo". DEEP DOO-DOO. Is this The Onion?

    April 10, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Seen this before

    Well, this sounds eerily similar to things Cheney said about another rogue dictator. "They don't share our world view." That just about explains it.

    April 10, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Michael Schwers

    Why doesn't it surprise me someone as profane and ill-mannered as Dick Cheney would choose to use the phrase "doo doo" to underscore the situation in North Korea? The smirk on his face in so many of his staff photos with the Republican administrations speaks volumes as to his opinion of US voters. Of course, when your company holdings skyrocket in value through war profiteering and defense contracting, I guess you can afford to be smug. I only hope we learn from our mistakes.

    April 10, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Kansan

    "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly"

    He must have undergone some miraculous transformation. He still needs to avoid sunlight though, right?

    April 10, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. shawn l

    Anyone else think he looks like the Penguin from Batman?

    April 10, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Raul Isodo

    "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,”

    I hope no taxpayer dollars were spent bringing Dick in to provide this provocative insight....

    April 10, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. David Busi

    Gee – how astute of former Vice President Richard Cheney to note that "we are in deep doo doo". What Mr. Cheney fails to do is to give credit to the judgement and acumen of President Obama on his now proven skills in managing difficult operational challenges that he has faced. He did not need Cheney's input on finding and killing Bin Laden – something Cheney in eight years did not do... Obama has all the tools available to him to negate any threats put out by North Korea and turn them into dust at the flick of a few switches so no I do not share Mr. Cheney's eloquent Doo Doo assessment – he is wrong. There I said it – and I am not done either....

    here goes....

    This coming from a man who had no right to jump the line on the heart transplant he received by virtue of his position, connections and in view of his age, health etc. Some one else went lacking because he got that heart. If I was him instead of partizan opinions – he should be kneeling in prayer all day long every day to be thankful he is alive instead of putting forth a partisan agenda with time he has been granted in life – which he let me state clearly was not exactly worthy or deserving of. They say you can not buy another minute of life – but he plainly did – and some people are not exactly fond of how he is using that gift of time he has taken from someone else.

    So Mr. Cheney – do for once in your miserable life – the right thing and if you can not do the right thing – then please just shut the heck up. You are on someone else's time because by all rights you should be dead and buried and we should not have to listen to you. if you find this indelicate then please stand up and look into the mirror.

    April 10, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. john

    Cheney is the bigger threat to our country. Hell doesn't even want him-

    April 10, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Holly

    I know one thing Mr. Cheney – for a long 8 years we wallowed in deep dodo as you and your lap dog Bush wasted our resources and our troops lives on a war with a nation that was never a threat to us. Now this nation is bankrupt and still at war because of your stupidity. Sure we are going to listen to you. NOT

    April 10, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Skippy

    Let the former VP Cheney take Kim Jong Un hunting...I'm sorry .....I just HAD to say it.......

    April 10, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Raul Isodo

    "Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

    Cheney may have said doo-doo about N. Korea, but hey, at least he looked good doing it.

    April 10, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Bill Davis

    We've been in deep doo doo since this clown lied about WMD's. It's laughable that the GOP believes this guy has any credibility.

    April 10, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Fred Phred

    Yes Dick because your international relations skillz were so good.

    What great intuition you proved to have. Has Iraq welcomed us as saviors yet? Still waiting...

    Some people have lost all credibility. Dick is one of those men.

    April 10, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. p justice

    Cheney is smart and knowledgeable about world affairs. And the Bush-Cheney administration was NOT
    alone in believing that Iraq had WMDs. Saddam fooled everyone. But, hey, if it furthers your hate, go ahead.

    April 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. MCPearl

    Are you sure it wasn't George W. Bush b/c i don't see dick cheney talking like a seven year old

    April 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Anonymous

    A show of hands please from those who think that BHO, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry are capable of handeling this crisis.

    April 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. NowWorkOnBudget

    It's encouraging to see both parties get a long enough to get something done. Now if they'd only focus this attention and energy to solving our economy woes we'd be getting somewhere.

    April 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Reset366

    Hasent this guy and his buddy george bush caused enough problems for this country. In my opinion no one should listen to him he might be full of do do

    April 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Rod

    "the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." Very insightful. What would we do without Dick. But really, that sociopath is the last guy we need to get involved in this NK problem.

    April 10, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. marketfog

    Cheney has far more experience and common sense than our current president. It's too bad that Cheney is competent and frightens people because he knows how to do things, and can get things done.

    April 10, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Cas

    Over 100,000 Iraqis are waiting for this guy to join them....just to ask him if their life was worth the oil?

    April 10, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Mike

    No, an unnecessary war in Iraq was deep doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. sonny chapman

    Did he mention the Demons that he helped unleash in the Middle East when a Western Power went into the Hotbed of Ethnicity, Mesopotamia, without any plan of how to manage the affairs after chaos set in (other than letting Chalibi become the new Strong Man & and turn over the Oil Industry to "their" friends). That's Deep DO-Doo too !

    April 10, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Trugh

    So gas prices rising over the past 5 years, Chenney still profiting?
    but OH NO , not King Lord Obama, his perfectionship is never wrong

    April 10, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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