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. Think_now,please

    No long winded lecture, research things after. Lets ban Halliburton from bidding on, or receiving any type of contracts in relation to Korea, any items, material, or labor costs that are incurred up as a result of a conflict with Korea, and I guarantee that Cheney will have no interest in casting warnings about conflict. If the above is done, he may even lobby to keep things amicable between the US and Korea.

    April 9, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. really

    The guy who was all for attacking Iraq for no reason is giving advice on N. Korea

    April 9, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. citizen

    Oh no, not you again. Please please and please stay out of politics. Nuff done already!

    April 9, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. yo,

    cheney should know ... its his doo doo that came out.

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. really?

    saddam is not relevant to this situation. cheney is not relevant to this situation. in a cowboy hat? ridiculous.

    what we have here IS THE BEST HYPE MAN IN THE BIZ. for halliburton that is.

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. snarkosaurus

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." Holy crap! Cheney's a certified genius!

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. wizardofx

    Cheney needs to keep his big lying mouth SHUT when it comes to foreign affairs. Also, don't venture too far away; We need to know where to find you when you're served for WAR CRIMES.

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Maybe they should have transplanted a soul into him as well.

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Jerubbaal

    He, the Shrub,Rummy, and Rice should all be in jail. How they sleep at night with all that blood on their hands is beyond me. They are all murderers in my book. He is the last person the repubs need to listen to, their poll numbers aren't low enough?

    April 9, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Victor Morales

    No, he's just salivating at the thought of another possible war which he can make more money.

    April 9, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Paul

    Thank God Cheney is no longer in government decisions. We would already be in a war with North Korea.

    April 9, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. mdiablo

    Of course he spent 8 years in an undisclosed location and did not say anything except when he needed to go on the Sunday shows to promote the war against Iraq saying we'd be greeted as liberators. He was wrong then and he has continued to be wrong with whatever he has been saying.

    April 9, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. zachjstone

    Now he wants to gather intel? I like the OLD Cheney approach. Let's launch a full scale offensive with falso intel and propaganda in a country nearby North Korea, draining our nations resources and taxing our military to exhaustion. That was, if I recall, the most effective way to deal with terroristic threats and violence that occurred in 2001 bankrolled out of Saudi Arabia.

    April 9, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. rs1201

    As important as the gun debate is, our dear President should be concentrating on North Korea.

    April 9, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. P G Williams

    Psalm 50: 22-23 ; Ephesians 4: 22-23 "be renewed in the spirit of your mind" James 3: 13 "while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear " (1st Peter 3: 2)

    April 9, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. PJ

    We put our foot in "deep doo-doo" the day the Bush/Cheney 'ship of fools' took over Washington, and we are
    still trying to shovel our way out of it.

    April 9, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. ag74

    That...was a non article. Yea, Dick is doing well. He didn't seemingly say anything of substance, but at least he is healthy and doing well.

    April 9, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Dan

    Maybe Bush and Cheney should have spent more time paying attention to North Korea – who actually has weapons of mass destruction, rather than Iraq – who did not.

    April 9, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. buzz

    He should have taken them hunting.

    April 9, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. spock500

    Indeed, Mr. Cheney. Just like our country was in "deep doo-doo" in Iraq for nearly a decade following the ill-advised and ill-fated invasion in 2003.

    April 9, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Ron

    Dick who?

    Why is this guy in the news? He lost all credibility after the Iraq debacle. And now he comes here, saying ""you never know what they're thinking." Wow, what a deep, thought-out analysis of the situation.

    April 9, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Don

    Cheney has got to be one of the absolute last screwups I want to hear from regarding anything. That man cannot have a real conscience because of what he did and stood for during his office years.

    I won't even go any further, I just get more & more angry thinking about it.

    April 9, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Mike Texoma

    Dick Cheney, along with Wolfowitz, is the radical neocon most responsible for bringing us the "preemptive" war in Iraq – which doesn't seem to have preempted anything. I'll take John Kerry's mentality and experience any day, when the sabres start rattling

    April 9, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Arturo

    The US was in deep doo doo in Iraq because of Cheney. His advice is to be taken with a truckload of salt.

    April 9, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. xirume

    The weight of his sins is pinning him to the ground.

    April 9, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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