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. Larry

    Wow, that was a waste of a couple of minutes. Who wrote this, People magazine?

    April 10, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Chris

    Hey. Americans.

    You elected this guy as your Vice-President. This guy. TWICE.

    Just think about that next time you talk about America as the "greatest country in the world."

    April 10, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Matt

    Um, Frank, what was there to be done about North Korea "when we had the chance"? During the Bush administration, they didn't rattle the saber nearly as much as with Obama in charge. Had Bush done something then, you all would be calling THAT an "illegal war". No matter what Cheney did, you would be screaming for his head.

    April 10, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Rob

    If this was 10 years ago they'd just drum up some evidence of WMD's and invade.

    April 10, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. dwdude

    i seem to remember bill clinton signing a treaty with kim jong il that was supposed to be airtight...i also seem to remember obama is president now, yet i hear not one criticism directed at his ineptness in handling situations such as this and benghazi. all of you sycophants that support him now, including women, are going to get drafted to fight his next war, and there will be one because he is perceived as weak. now go ahead and defend him, you empty headed fools! you've got nothing but blaming bush and cheney? your out of ammo..

    April 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. ktoo

    Nukes, schmooks. Cheney's just up to his fear-mongering again. If this were a serious situation, our completely competent President would tell us. After all, he's a Peace Prize winner and his qualifications for that award make him the Perfect Leader for these times.
    Seriously people, if this country was in imminent danger, or ecomonic distress, do you REALLY think he'd have thrown a big party for himself at the White House? On our dime? C'mon...nobody's THAT idiotic! Right?

    April 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. mac

    Looks like MacArthur as in Douglas was right in the early 50's and Truman was wrong when the U.S. had the BOMB and they didn't . Wpund not be dealing with this mess now.

    April 10, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. WilSmith24

    If this fool Cheney was still around we would be in Real Doo-doo. He and Bush proved one thing , Thing have no idea how to conduct a war or battle but they want to talk big and fool the people just once again. They don't know what they are talking about. Its time to draw the certain on this guy. No one is listening, is he trying to sell a book or something. this conflict is being handle well thank you sir.

    April 10, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. McShannon

    Gosh, Mr. Cheney I thought this pimple had been coming to a head for a long time and its looked ugly for a long time. Why we would consider or heed anything you have to say is beyond most of us. What is transpiring in NK is what it is and should he attack SK we should absolutely devastate NK. There is no other option as this situation will repeat and repeat. Wipe their war machine into stone age, unmercifully kill their standing army this is our option and we should not retreat from it.

    April 10, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. dryden01

    Cheney was a competent leader unlike the two buffoons currently mismanaging the nation.

    April 10, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Craig

    All because we didn't act att the start, and gave this crooked country ransome!

    worse is yet to come.

    April 10, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Dr. Barnard

    At the heart transplant clinic we gave Mr. Cheney the heart of a 5-year old boy – which is why he is using the word "doo doo". He was previously saying "ca-ca", but we corrected him. He is also putting his crayons back in the box now.

    April 10, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. John_M_B

    Wow, there are a bunch of Bush / Cheney haters still grasping at straws here. Unprofessional? Have you heard ANYTHING that Biden has said in the last 30 years?. If it weren't for your hatred and willingness to proppogate falsehoods we wouldn't be in this mess now. Blaming Bush / Cheney for the failures of Obama / Biden is ludicris. Why not ask about what was said during the New York meeting with NK that set Kim off? That might be more productive.

    April 10, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Finally Cynical

    You leftists really shouldn't complain about his professionalism with "Shoot through the door" Joe on the job. He's a laugh a minute, all unintended.

    April 10, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Mark

    I haven't seen a sensible comment yet, just reflexive "pouncing on Cheney" nonsense. It bothers me that so many people have such a childlike view of the world. I guess its a luxury we can afford, at least for the time being.

    April 10, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Bryan

    why would anyone believe anything this guy says.?. He lobbied hard for the disastrous Iraq adventure by spouting such lies as "Iraq has ships off the East coast of the US ready to fire missiles into the US now". For falsifying "evidence"and forf treasonous acts such as this, he should at least be serving time in the slammer and at least keep his mouth shut now.

    April 10, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Fabian

    Yeah, let's all listen to Cheney. You know, the guy who kept repeating the "fact" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and Saddam had an active hand in 9/11. Yeah, that guy.

    It's hard to take a man seriously about wars and threats when they are positioned to receive profits from constant war.

    Let the actual intelligence community and Chiefs of Staff handle this.

    April 10, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. colazo1948

    Well said Frank, I couldn't have said it any better myself.

    April 10, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. bigjimbo

    If you notice, it is Cheny who always has a comment about what is going on in the world! It only goes to prove that the previous administration was really run by Cheney and not "little Bush". He has done enough damage to this country and the world.....PLEASE WILL SOME ONE TELL HIM TO "SHUT-UP!"

    April 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. JimW Statesville, NC

    Could someone tell me why we want to listen to what the imbecile has to say? He's the guy who behind the scenes pushed for the Iraq war. He had his hand so far up GWB's behind that when he moved his fingers George's ears would wiggle. This is an evil man who helped start a war to make money for his company, Haliburton. He didn't give a whit that it cost 100,000 plus Iraqi lives and about 4500 American and Coalition lives. It was all about money and power. Please, don't even list to what this evil man has to say.

    April 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Conservative

    Why are you liberals so quick to blast someone from the Republican party. Can't you just ease up and learn to get along without all of the same old rhetoric about Bush, Cheney, blah blah blah....Show me something that you really know about.

    April 10, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Jill-IN

    correction CNN ..."Former" Vice President, and not the Vice President.

    April 10, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. glorydays

    Thanks for the deep thought, Darth.

    April 10, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Anonymous

    China is the hand on the puppet strings. Why don't they figure more prominently in the discussion?

    April 10, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Poor Richard

    Critique the message, not the messenger.
    Few think a world leader will do something crazy and unexpected, like invade Kuwait (Hussein), or launch a missile over Japan, or invade South Korea.
    Once in a while, crazy dictators do something we consider crazy. They miscalculate what our response will be.
    That's why we call them crazy.

    April 10, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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