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. LoveTheWayYouLie

    Cheney is trying to be like Obama. Take a stressful situation, and make a joke out of it while trying to be serious. Obama has been doing it since the day he went into office. If Cheney thinks being funny would get him back into office, he is very wrong. I've heard the rumors that he wants to be VP again.

    April 10, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. NameGoose

    Cheney is not trying to be funny. He is making a serious point. He is saying in nice terms that we are in deep doo doo, other words were in deep shit! Not by any means am I a Bush or Cheney fan and I definitely not an Obama or Biden fan either! But, fair is fair. The problems with North Korea falls on Obama watch, not Bush or Cheneys. It seems like all Obama supporters want to blame every major issue on Bush and Cheney. Well, enough is enough, Obama and Biden have been in office now long enough to be held accountable for issues that have happen on their elected time. So stop blaming Bush and Cheney for issues that happen well over their watch. It's time Obama starts acting like a true leader and be held accountable for issues that have happen on his watch and instead he should stop blaming other's. So most definitely, North Korea is Obama problem, for God sake, it happen on his watch. And any person with a brain must realize we are in deep doo doo (deep shit) with North Korea and it's crazy off the wall President. God only knows what kind of curve ball North Korea is going to throw at us in the future.

    April 10, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Poodlepuff

    ' Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.' Oh thank you, sage of Hallyburton.

    April 10, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. 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 propagate falsehoods we wouldn't be in this mess now. Blaming Bush / Cheney for the failures of Obama / Biden is ludicrous. 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 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. da

    Yes, and it's because barack obama is the worst president in US history!

    April 10, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. D

    Glad to see the 12% of people who still approved of this clown making a solid representation here today.

    April 10, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Eric Jorde

    From a prior post: "Deep doo doo! Is he trying to be funny or just unprofessional. He was VP at one time?"

    Right, because the current VP is so eloquent and well spoken!

    April 10, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Jackson

    I'm sure Cheney would love us to go to war, so he can try and get more of those no bid, off the books contracts for his friends at Haliburton.

    April 10, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. noseitall

    .

    Whatever happens, it's never Obama's fault.

    Unless, of course, it's good. In that case, his policies are working.

    .

    April 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Sailbllazer

    Ask John Bolton.
    He will have the best assessment.
    Obama is too busy partying with the Hollywood crowd.

    April 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. J

    Safe from terrorists? Cheney is a war criminal and should be prosecuted, as should Bush jr.

    April 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Paul

    Even a new heart can't cure Cheney of his "thirst for war".

    April 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Dont matter

    Further evidence that if Romney were elected, we would currently be embroiled in another war at this very moment.

    April 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Slash Rancid

    Nice to see Brietbart's heart is still pumping blood through the emperor's body. Hey Cheney, I would like to buy you, Bush, and Rumsfeld an all expenses paid vacation trip to Germany. Ah, what the hell, throw in some Rice too. *wink*

    April 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Name

    I got 4 words to say " weapons of mass destruction". We've been in deep do do for ten years over a senseless war. Cheney has no credibility when it comes to anything.. The Bush Cheney era was a total failure. Cheney went to war only to profit from it with his businesses. He needs to go away and hide like his boss George W,

    April 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Carabec

    Dick Cheney is a Patriot and a Statesman.

    April 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Herman the Kid

    Bush/Cheney didn't keep anyone safe from terrorists.

    If I recall, the single largest terror attack on US soil happened on his watch. It was on TV a couple of times.

    April 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. RCM

    Cheney put us in deep doo doo with WMD and 2 wars.

    April 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. jdun

    Was he inWashington looking for more no bid contrracts for Haliburton? His world view is that the US needs more wars to solve our problems. That will take people's attention away from how the rich continue to screw us all.

    April 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. johhnyboywilliams

    Maybe we should do that 'shock and awe' thing agin. It worked so well last time.

    April 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. matt

    We have no problems with NK because they have no oil

    April 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Mark

    Who better to advise Congress on foreign policy than the guy who was there for the worst ever attack on our homeland, and a response of invading the wrong country?

    April 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. larry hebert

    Well look at this. Here we are on the verge of war and who should show his wrinkled old face but Dirty Dick? Here to make some more money off of American citizen's deaths Dick? Lets hype this shit up so we can go to war and make some money.... I meen protect America from another non threat/mild annoyance. If anyone had half a brain this moron would never be infront of a pluged in TV camera again. Put him back in the home and tell him everyone loves him and he is makeing money then give him some pills and let him sleep and dream about all the money he isn't makeing.

    April 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Sam Waters

    I'm sorry. Who is Dick Chenney?

    April 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. matt

    roadrager1

    Such nasty comments from low info voters on Cheney. He kept you safe from Terrorist, but you would rather worship this arrogant and clueless Obama.
    = where was he on 911 when 3000 americans died...the "socialist" hasn't been that big a failure.

    April 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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