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. Dave in Flyover

    People get so worked up over the partisan comments made by our "Leaders". If you put the pieces together, it's easy to see this is all a distraction. Cheney, Obama, Bush, Clinton . . . all actors on a stage. The sudden rise of gun violence . . . looking more and more staged everyday. It's what is going on behind the scenes that counts, and you won't find that out on ANY MSM site, left OR right.

    April 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. vincent

    Another Reason to SPend SPend Spend.

    April 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. kate

    He would know "doo-doo" when he sees it. Did anyone remind him that he didn't clean-up his other "doo-doo" mess before he left office. Ugh!

    April 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Edword

    Easy enough to judge liberals by their preference for "Smokin'" Joe Biden. HAHA.

    April 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Bill

    Good idea bringing Cheney in........he made plenty of mistakes that they should learn from. Here is what not to do........

    April 10, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. JJ

    Didn't Cheney and his chums assure us Iraq was full of WMDs and al-Qaeda terrorists?

    April 10, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. cheneysuts

    Yea let's listen to this scumbag. This guy has as much credibility as the north koreans

    April 10, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Mark

    Wow, that's funny. I remember the "Axis of Evil" was Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. We were going to go into Iraq, but the Bush administration was going to deal with Iran and North Korea "diplomatically". Well, where did that get you? The reason they went into Iraq was because they knew there was nothing there, but they didn't go into the other two because they knew there was something. Total joke now that Chenney has anything to say about it.

    April 10, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Rob1961

    When he was in office, we made a war against Iraq on the premise that they had WMD's, which they didn't–and ignored Korea, which had them. His perspective is dangerous to anyone serving or who wants to serve in the armed forces! (but great for his friends at Halliburton)

    April 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Cheney said, "... 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... "
    How insightful!! No wonder Republicans consider him a genius - in the land of the blind...

    April 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Howard

    Why would anybody (especially the GOP) listen to anything this greedy, manipulative, war-hawk had to say. Cheney's time has past and eventually so he will too. All that chubby little dictator in North Korea is doing is trying to make his bones so the generals won't pull off some coup and put a cap in his fat head. There is no way in hell that China will allow him to do anything stupid but China is also happy to see the West wasting so much time on North Korea.

    April 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. kevin3g

    Cheney said, "... 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... "
    How insightful!! No wonder Republicans consider him a genius - in the land of the blind...

    April 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. watchfuliiiii

    Cheney kept us safe from terrorists? Uh no. 9/11 happened on his watch. Obama tracked the guy down and gave the order to take him out.
    Bush/Cheney made relations worse with North Korea by ending existing treaties with this kids Dad.
    Let's talk track record.. how that whole Weapons of Mass Destruction thing in Iraq go? Oh yeah you guys made that one up.
    So your an Oil guy and oil prices doubled during your stay in office.
    Good to see him????? What idiot said that?

    April 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. NewYork10036

    for roadrager 1 – ....looking at this article objectively....it seems you're rather confused. Firstly, your comment about low info voters misses the mark, terribly. On the contrary, I think the voting electorate has a healthy amount of information on Mr. Cheney and his views (erroneous as they've proven to be...) and your 'he kept us safe' mantra .....are you serious???. Do you not realize Sept 11th happened on Cheney's watch. Dude, that phrase has worn so very thin.....get a grip...PLEASE. BTW – just curious, what make the current president 'arrogant'. His predecessor often spoke about the 'feeling in his gut' 'either you're for us or against us', and other such phases.....why was he rarely, if ever referred to as 'arrogant'?

    April 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. M. Simons

    Nobody care what this bitter, hateful old man says. If it were up to him, we'd go to war with half the countries in the world. Oops, I mean half the countries who have oil & could line his pockets.

    April 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Logic

    Of course he is stoking the war talk. His company stands to make gazillions.

    April 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. oddessy

    Why would any reasonable individual put any credence in the words of someone who has committed such hedious crimes against humanity. The creep is a war criminal and public menace.

    April 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. lynn

    My Dad was a very big politican and knew Joe Bidden.... my Dad always said that he was the stupidiest man he had ever met in his life!!! lol.... I'm think Dad may be right!!!

    April 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Lord Anson

    It looks as if you Dems will be able to fulfill a campaign promise about "shovel-ready" jobs because there's going to be a million of them available in the next year along the 38th Parallel in Korea. These will be jobs of the future such as digging trenches and graves. Get ready for the draft, kiddies! You've earned it!

    April 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Larry in Houston

    well, to be perfectly honest – I don't like Cheney – never did – & never will . . But this is one time that I actually agree with him. . . lol – this country actually IS in do do – it's not just north korea – defending ourselves is going to be a huge task – the 16.7 trillion is the reason – hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but it will most likely be around 20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office. By that time, this country couldn't whip ourselves out of a wet paper bag. Imagine if we had to "borrow" more from china, just to defend ourselves. Obama's 10 yr plan, (reduction) should be done in 4 or 5, not 10

    April 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Joel

    W hy is it that I am never threatened by what threatens him

    April 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. cobbled-mule

    Wow it looks like the libs have become the party of hate and division.

    But they still praise Kennedy who drafted the unwilling and put the US in a war that killed more than 50000 American soldiers, not to mention the vietnamese losses.
    But that's okay because he was a liberal.

    April 10, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Rajneesh

    Were in Less Doo Doo because he is not in office

    April 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. jake

    He don't know doo-doo from shinola

    April 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. rb1948

    Yeah Yeah Yeah – Chaney said there was WMDs in Iraq too.

    April 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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