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. Let it burn

    Rabble, Rabble, Rabble! Cheney bad, North Korea all his fault, Master plan, yadda yadda, Haliburton! Rabble, Rabble, Rabble!

    April 10, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Adlani

    The last person we should be listening to is Dick Cheney. This the same person who is responsible for the death of more than 4000 men and women that were sent to a war we should have never started. Shame on him.

    April 10, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Michael Means

    How can he say "like Saddam Hussein, you don't know what he's thinking"? Um, your boss' daddy (and former coworker of yours) put Saddam in office, and now you're saying you don't know what he was thinking? Classic Cheney, revising history. Kinda like dodging the draft eh Cheney?

    April 10, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. david mann

    It seems "Slick Dick" only supports wars (Iraq) HE's responsible for starting. I'm not religious, but I believe this man is as close to satan as you can get.

    April 10, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. BobbyRay

    Cheney on foreign policy:
    US in imminent danger of Iraqi WMDs.
    We will be greeted as liberators.
    Iraqi oil will pay for the war.
    Last throes of the insurgency.
    That anyone takes this clown seriously is a mystery to me.

    April 10, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. half fast

    Shock and Awe baby. The Tin Man would have bombed them by now.

    April 10, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Maria

    Cheny is responsible for the thousands of men and women who gave their lives in Iraq. Jail him.

    April 10, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Ecadsgo

    Hilarious to watch the weak-kneed liberals come out on CNN and wet themselves when Dick Chaney pops up and goes "Boo".

    April 10, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. realitybites

    After his quickening, Vlad Cheyney emerged from his crypt to address his brood about the state of the "human" world. "If f they have the tumerity to destroy themselves, they will deplete our food source and we will no longer have hearts to retain our imortality.' We are certainly in deep doo-doo. Like my cowboy hat?"

    April 10, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Chris

    ...," says the guy who lessened our ability to deal with North Korea for over a decade by manufacturing intelligence to start a war of aggression.

    April 10, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Youngrick

    Full of it, Cheney a war criminal typical republican narrow view of the world "if we dont know what he's doing....." we got to be suspicious and yes go to war we love wars we are very democratically for wars.

    April 10, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Doctorstrangeluv

    Oh sure ... let's get all worked up into a frenzy and take more advice from Cheney ... the guy was WAS WRONG ON EVERY SINGLE POINT for which the USA went into war against Iraq and Afghanistan. Why is any news reporter still wasting time writing anything Cheney has to say about anything ?

    April 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. kentex1146

    Yes, I used to think he was special. But now? I'm hoping there's a special corner of hell waiting for him;

    April 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Luciafurr

    We're in deep doo-doo if he can't cash in.

    April 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Jaybo

    Cheney's advice on any situation the US is entangled in should be dismissed as warmongering horse shit. I wouldn't believe this guy if he said the sun is hot.

    April 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. motorman

    with winning national elections depending on the younger peoples vote being against abortion and birth control is not a winning strategy . when you use women on TV that are against abortion that are too old to get pregnant you loose credibility.

    April 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Brad

    I know how we could solve this North Korea conflict... just let Kim Jon Ung go hunting with Chenney and crisis averted.

    April 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Daniel D Janson

    Lets access this current administration and the condition of the foreign scene. Egypt muslin brotherhood at helm ( not exactly friendly to the west), syria at war with its citizens thousands killed, iran on verge of nuclear, north korea poised to push the button and who is in charge?

    The inmates are running the asylum and the lemmings follow. Hark! but we have gay marriage, gun control, pot legalization etc. etc. how progressive.

    April 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Upside down

    The American people don't share his version of the United States world view. He is a war criminal, and should be prosecuted as such.

    April 10, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. anonymous

    who is dick cheney? and who cares?

    April 10, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. lex

    Dick Cheney is right. This guy leading NK is a loose cannon and we know virtually nothing about the cannon. What's even worse. They NK guy has apparently not met many if any foreign leaders and, therefore, has not even started to get into the groove for interacting with foreign leaders.

    Start thinking of this guy as a five year old with lots of very dangerous toys.

    April 10, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. DB Cooper

    How nice the at Mr. Cheney received a new heart, most assuredly ahead of many who have been waiting longer and are much sicker. And how nice that all of that was done with his government healthcare benefits. Somehow government healthcare is god enough for him, but not for the rest us. He's a hypocrite, a liar (he is a lawyer), a war criminal and a man who cannot control his temper. Go away, Mr. Cheney. Go away and be quiet, little man.

    April 10, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. TomNPitt

    Sounds to me like Chaney is in Washington doing some War Lobbying for all the Neo-Cons and War Machine Vendors!
    We haven't declared a major confrontation since Obama came into office. We can't go this long without giving Boeing and Lockheed additional contracts. How can they make any business projections without a war on the horizon!!

    April 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. holidayhousehorn

    Really...!....are yall kiddin' me....Cheney has forgotten more than any of yall who have answered before me will ever know...If President Bush and V.P. Cheneny had not been in office at 9/11 who knows where all this would be NOW...!!!!!......and its amazing that right before President Bush turns the keys over to Obama we have an econmic meltdown that no body saw or knew anything about....and the main culprits have gone into hiding with their bonus' for nose diving their companies and the eceonomy into the ground....you people are a piece of work....if you dont like the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA....LEAVE...!!!!!...

    April 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. nomorebo

    It is interesting, the people here excoriating Mr. Cheney just love the mental defect that now holds his former office.

    April 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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