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. scott murray

    Why is Cheney even aloud to walk around a free man?....He is a war criminal ;Saddam's non existent WMD"S ,He gave NORAD the stand down order to (do not intercept) incoming Pentagon plane on 911... Please spare us another visit more (do-do) from this resurrected corpse!

    April 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Free Syria

    I wish you were here to help the Syrian people getting rid of Asaad criminal fascist murderer regime. Not to mention Iran and it is threat to the world peace and security.

    April 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Alex

    Why would anyone care what this war criminal has to say?

    April 10, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. hillbillynwv

    Dick Cheney = Worst Vice President Ever

    April 10, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Name Kim

    If he was still the VP we would still be at war on a few fronts.

    April 10, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Bob

    Here's an idea: Let's send Dick Cheney and Kim Jong Un hunting together. No matter who shoots whom, we'll win for sure. I know, that's a terrifyingly bad statement but consider this: While Kim Jong Un has enslaved millions of his own citizens, Dick Cheney has certainly caused more damage to our country than the North Korean leader will be ever able to do before actually developing an ICBM with appropriate warheads (and firing it).

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. AtlasObjectivist

    I remember when great statesmen like Cheney were at the helm. Thank you for your service Mr. Vice President, the country misses you.

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Madtown

    Cheney the war criminal just wants us to invade as soon as possible. It's who he is and what he does.

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. ANNIER

    Should be required viewing for all morons who support this criminal: "The World According to Dick Cheney". He is an arrogant criminal.

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. teachemwell

    When will he learn to just SHUT UP???

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. 1UNVE

    Cheney has no credibility. Everyone talking about what Bush would have done. Bush had the opportunity to deal with north korea. He gave them food and pet them on their heads and said be good boys we have no issues with you. Meanwhile Osama was reeking hell throughout the world. But the U.S army was sent to Iraq to take care of the problem in Afghanistan. Cheney the author of ano bid contract for haliburton his former organization. Threaten to give South Korea Nuclear weapons and watch how quick the problem in North Korea go away. China would put a collars on that fat poodle in the North. Bush and Cheney caused thousands of lives to be lost and we didn't find so much as a speed stick in Iraq. Blame them for your deficit problem.

    April 10, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Andrew

    The Cheney/Bush stance on North Korea caused this. President Clinton brokered a deal, which was completely thrown out when the two deadbeat Republicans threw it out. Now how would your country treat you if the largest super power identified you on the Axis of Evil. It is common sense the previous administration severed an already difficult relationship.

    April 10, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. DJH

    Quote – Name

    Hey road rage 1. How did Cheney protect us from terrorism? He was the VP when terrorist flew planes into the WTC. Lets go to war is the republican way as long as their kids stay home.

    Didn't put much thought into this tripe before you posted it, did you? Who put is into WWI, WWII, Korea and expanded our role to full combat in Vietnam????? Revisionist history or just pain ignorance, either way – educate yourself. You sound ridiculous.

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Robbie

    Liberal, conservative..who cares? Anyone can see that Cheney is a joke! Give me something constructive when flapping your mouth. This guy must have an ego the size of Texas, or does he just have a guilty conscience.

    Conscience
    1 a: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. mpouxesas

    Cheney: "We are in big doo doo with NK" He must know something about doodoo...he put us in to so much of it....

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. goldfinger

    This is the very situation he created when the Bush administration walked away from the prior agreement with NK. We gave them food for not researching nuclear weapons and there were guidlines for a peace treaty. NK saw the Bush move as being a gearing up for war. They then saw Iraq invaded. So what do you think they will do?

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. thomas

    I love the posts that state what the Dems said about going into iraq, just don't forget that they were being fed all the lies from cheney and rice and bush of sh-t so of course they said that. they were being lie to about everything over and over about WMDs so what do you think they were going to say. If you were lied to about EVERYTHING you would say the same too.

    April 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Jackie Treehorn

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview."

    Huh? I thought Cheney and Kim Jong Un had exactly the SAME worldview! Unlimited executive power, detention without due process, state-sponsored torture, foreign policy based on military coercion...where exactly is the difference?

    April 10, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. creed

    I am genuinely frightened that Cheney is in any discussion on Capitol Hill about North Korea. He and Haliburton believe that War is the answer to every question. They faked the data on WMD in Iraq in order to start a war. How far is he willing to go to start a war with North Korea?

    April 10, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. No support

    After Cheney spoke and left the room, Dan Quayle was invited in to give his opinion. He was overheard telling the republican congressman he had just passed by Mr Potatoe head in the hallway. Cheney needs to learn from the much wiser ex vp and keep him mouth shut.

    April 10, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Amano

    You lefties have nothing but bad to say about a great man but you love the POS who is turning oour country into a joke. I can't wait till everything goes bad and you lefties won't know what to do when the goodies run it and they will.Fast and Furious, Benghazi, lie after lie by the half breed.

    April 10, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Pinche

    Cheney, the ultimate chicken-hawk. He's real brave your children's life and limb. Count'm folks, not one, two, or three deferments to serve for his country but FIVE. Like I said, he won't hesitate to send your children to fight the "noble cause".

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. craig in Houston

    What a relief!! Considering his lousy track record at predicting international threats, we must be totally safe.

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Shane

    So ya saying we shoulda invaded North Korea instead of Iraq or both?

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. George Inman

    If nobody wants to talk to the man. And I don't reaaly blame them. Dennis Rodman is always available. Get Dennis to call him and tell him to chill out, so he can come back and talk with him. Why Not??? It wouldn't hurt??

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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