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. julie

    anyone on here thinks that the GOP still admires/worships cheney.....................speak up don't be shy

    April 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. don smith

    President Obama should show leadership by going to China and be transparent as China is backing Mr KJ UN These people are playing with nuclear war and the USA does not need another war or economy will collapse. This must be the end game of those who are working behind the scenes

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. LetsBeCivil

    If we listen to Dick Cheney, we'll be in deeper and deeper doo doo. Do we never learn?

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. DeeWeezy72

    Comedian Paul Mooney said it best, "When you put a Dick and Bush together, you know someone is getting.. well, you know the rest"!!

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Tina

    I have watched the World According to Dick Chaney and Fair Game and as much as I detested him before, I dislike him even more now. The GOP should listen to him some more since he is one of the main reasons they are literally in deep do do. I cannot help but wonder just how long he was on the transplant list. Mom spent 18 months on the list before she received a new heart, even though everytime she had another episode it was harder and harder to bring her back. Ok, so maybe the last part was a bit off topic, but dang, how does he get away with all his BS? Why wasn't he ever brought up on charges. He's like an evil energizer bunny, he just keeps on going, taking all he can get, hurting the counry.

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Christian4God

    Dick – You see the doo-doo we're in now ? this is a result of Iraq ...
    Yes ! you do know, and are ALL about doo-doo – LMAO

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. PuzzledInPeoria

    Gee, another war might mean...more lucrative Halliburton contracts. How many good U.S. soldiers did Cheney get killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    If anybody listens to this warmonger, they need their head examined.

    April 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. zucccchini

    Many feel toward Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, etc...as badly as those who berate, chastise, beleaguer, and despise Cheney. Cheney has flaws but he does not hate America and the liberty, opportunity and charity she offers. Obama and his bunch hates America, what she represents and is condescending to her people. He seeks to European-ize America. This is NOT good.

    April 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. NoKidding

    Well yeah, we are in deep do do because we are not in a war so Halliburton can make a fortune again.
    Dick did not think we were in deep do do when we were mired in the Iraq war that killed several thousands of our troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent iraqis, FOR NOTHING. You would think he would be hiding under a rock right now, instead of opening hjis mouth to opine on ANYTHING.

    April 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. LogicNotHuff

    When Democrat congress and Democrat President violate the Constitution (when he swore to uphold it he was lying) by voting to take away your rights to self-defense and establish controls so they can come do gun confiscation, then we are in deep badness. Democrat Party is evil. IMpeach Obama.

    April 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Rural American

    I see the courteous comment convention has been trashed by the usual socialist cabal watches cnn – all 12 of 'em!

    April 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Tina

    And most transplant clinics do not do heart transplants on 72 year old patients. Wonder who died waitiing for the heart Chaney got?

    April 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Fields

    Whatever happened to the great rhetoric of the past? Would Abraham Lincoln or William Jennings Bryant have ever described a situation as being "in deep doo doo?."

    April 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Michael in Boston

    ....says the warmongerer.

    "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
    - Dick Cheney, August 26 2002

    April 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Jay Ayre

    A wistful reminder of how things were when the Adults were in charge t the White House.

    April 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. jeff1951

    This man will be water-boarded for eternity in the afterlife.

    April 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Joe

    Hmm Cheney warning people about the dangers ahead. Too bad he didn't warn us when he was in office about the dangers of Bush and his administration. This guy shoots his friend, starts two wars based on a fairly tail and on top of that continues to think that the 98% of people will listen to him. Go away Cheney, you don't know crap.

    April 10, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. hal

    Sit down DICK. We haven't yet forgotten your charades.

    April 10, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Chuhyona

    The greatest Vice President in History. What a shame he isn't POTUS now.

    Obama is “blindly walking around the White House looking for a clue.”

    “He’s like a man wandering around a dark room, hands up against the wall, clutching for the light switch of leadership and he just can’t find it.”

    April 10, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Jon Samuel

    Never Forget: wallowing? better to wallow in 5.3% unemployment than 8% unemployment. The 5.3% rate includes a 9/11 attack and two wars. Putting politics aside the economy was better and people had jobs

    April 10, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. T Green

    Add undermining US foreign policy to Cheney's resume.

    NC is not making things up as they go along. They have a list of objectives that are easy to define. They have a strategy that is obvious. Unpredictable is not what they are.

    One tenant of their strategy is to scare people like Dick Cheney, hence freightening the American public.

    Cheney's analysis of Saddam Hussein is telling.

    We are lucky Cheney's name is preceded by "ex".

    April 10, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. realfuture2010

    Dick C is a smart man and he has ideas and experience. The USA is in Deep do do with 24 million unemployed and China not giving anymore credit to buy goods from China. Rich corporations making profit by using China will have to get America working or go out of business. Who is going to pay for another war. No one is accepting the printing of dollars anymore

    April 10, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Brian

    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."

    That was the whole problem with his "leadership". They never knew, so they made stuff up in order to dupe the general public. Cheney and Bush were both had by Hussein, and the American people paid for their mistake.

    What a buffoon.

    April 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Gerry

    "And the insurgency is in it's final throws"

    April 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Mike Smith

    Now is not the time to be printing what this clown has to say or thinks. This guy made sure Haliburton robbed the taxpayers on billions. The U.S will be much better off when he's no longer with us.

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