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. kmac

    Chaney the man who was part of a administration that thought the same concepts of liberators before. This guy has no creditablity on anything. They ignored the truth. Iraq was a plan from the American Enterprise Institute handed to Bush and the military to excute on day one. The fabrication of all the intel can be seen on Powells face when he read the statement to the UN. His greatest dream is to be seen as a liberator hero to someone.

    April 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Jamesb

    "kent – lets just hope he (Cheney) didn't convince anyone that north korea has weapons of mass distruction (sic)."

    Kent, moron – the NorKor's DO have weapons of mass destruction – as did Iraq prior to shifting them to Syria, per the opinion of Gen. James Clapper – Obama Nat. Sec. guy. Wake up.

    April 10, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. not furface

    fernace says –

    Unfortunately, Cheney's "insight & experience" boils down to starting 2 wars based on rumors & innuendo! He may not be the best person to give advice about N.Korea! I do agree that we don't know much about Kim Jong Un, except that he's a young hothead trying to stirr stuff up & that we need to monitor the situation closely! I don't think we're "in deep doodoo"! That's just Cheney-speak for "let's kick their butts right now"!!

    Hey Furface – what two wars are you referring too? Are you saying Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were not in Afghanistan and were not operating under the protection of the Taliban? Or are you so dim-witted that you actually got your democrat talking points wrong? Next time just cut and paste so you don’t get confused. And on Iraq, just about every country believed Saddam had WMD because he purposely led the world to believe he did. It wasn’t based on rumors & innuendo. It was based on Saddam purposefully misleading the world. But look at what we did, we created a democracy in the middle east and liberated 25 million people. I know you hate that, but not everybody agrees with your warped views.

    April 10, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. frespech

    Sounds like the same old paranoid Cheney to me.

    April 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I admire Mr. Cheney tremendously. Many writers here don't like him simply because he is a Republican. So am I: one who supports President Obama.
    I hope that Obama handles North Korea as effectively as another Democrat, Harry Truman, would have.

    April 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Ellen/Maine

    You're right you don't know anything about him. you only want to know those that have oil. And we have always been in deep do do cause no one cares about this country, politicians only care about "what's in it for me"

    April 10, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Taroya

    Yeah. This guy lied us into Iraq. He loves torture. It appears that he just flat out loves war and misery, as long as he is the one perpetuating it.
    We are going to take his advice now?

    April 10, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. biologixco

    Republicans are GIDDY~!
    Can we start a NEW WAR>?
    Please, Please, Please PLEASE>?

    April 10, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. 1centFree

    The man started a war against a much weaker opponent in Iraq that had little to no allies. I would hate to see what he would do under the current situation. I can only guess that if left up to him, half our nuclear arsenal would already be on it's way to North Korea by now, and World War III would be underway.

    April 10, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Chuhyona

    Democrat Quotes on Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction during the Clinton Administration.

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
    –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
    –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    April 10, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. mique

    Smelling money to be made, the war mongers start to slither forward with their ideas on aid.

    April 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. f4xtrafn

    Doo Doo ? Apparently in his case old age did regress to childlike thinking and expressions. He had his little cowboy hat on. Did he also have his toy cowboy cap guns strapped on? Maybe he wanted to play cowboys and Indians like when he was a toddler (back when it wasn't considered politically incorrect). If that's where they're getting advice from, those poor, irrelevant GOP'ers are sinking into obscurity so fast we should maybe get a class picture of this last class of old white men and conservative (ie. backward) hangers-on. Their only supporters are religious wackos, the NRA, white supremist types and the tea party weirdoes – good luck.

    April 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. biologixco

    GOP (like a dog at dinnertime)
    Oh boy oh boy oh boy>~!
    Let's start a NEW WAR

    April 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. oTom in md

    Are you sure he ever had a heart to be transplanted? And, this is where current Republicans are looking for insights???

    April 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Chuhyona

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
    - Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
    - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    "There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
    Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
    - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    April 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Anonymous

    So what happens to all the countries that do not agree with the United States WORLD view? Assimilation or destruction.

    April 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Sam

    Yeah let's go to another war so he can make some money !

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. audrey

    What other ex-vice presidents have kept in the limelight as Chaney has? As far as I am concerned he should be prosecuted for war crimes for lying about non existent nuclear weapons in order to start a war to line his pockets and gain notoriety. Also, he is really considered too old to have received a heart transplant. Most centers would never place him on a waiting list at his age .How did this happen? He has gotten away with too much. When he shot a man in the face, why did the victim apologize? His arrogance is nauseating! It was especially apparent on the recent Charlie Rose Show. As a licensed therapist, I have diagnosed him. Chaney, you are now passe. Why don't you just be quiet ,stay home, take your anti rejection medications and thank your lucky stars you are alive and not in prison.

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. MountainDawg

    Guess he didn't make enough money off the Iraq war. Now he's trying to start another one with Korea so Halliburton can stuff their pockets with the middle class' money.

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Clear and Present Thinker

    Said the chief manure spreader.

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. yolaa_yol

    Coming from one war criminal speaking on another.... Mr. Cheney you lost the confidence in the people long long ago!

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Marie Anti

    Who cares what Cheney thinks. He started a war to improve the profits of his own company. And Bush just said "yes sir". Mr. Cheney please go back under the cow "doo doo" you crept up from under.

    April 10, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Sane Person

    Deep doo-doo? Did I accidentally click The Onion instead of CNN?

    April 10, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Matutina

    Please, just go away. You need to be prosecuted for lying that culminated in the Iraq war.

    Plus, the more I trust my instinct, the more i realize you have a very sinister smile. No thanks for the advice.

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Fel121

    If any of you short attention span types need a review of recent history on North Korea and how there Nuclear program came into being and when I can provide you with said same.

    But if you are foolish enough to listen to the guy who was there when this program was being created and decided the real target was a third rate Army in a country hundreds of miles away, then facts probably aren't your thing!

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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