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. Ben the Cat

    The face of Evil in Americas recent past... He is creepy man.

    April 9, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. MMMMMk

    No we are not in deep doo doo Kim jong ching chong is in deep doo doo. Nothing is going to happen to us....nothing

    April 9, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Sam

    I thought he was talking about the GOP.

    April 9, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Papa Joe

    I am sure Cheney would love to get Halliburton involved in another war to make another 39 billion dollars!!! Arggg !!

    April 9, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. DMC

    He should have ordered Bush to do something back on 2005.

    April 9, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Mac

    If there is one person on this planet whos opinion I DONT WANT it's the worst VP in American History. A man who's continually been wrong wrong wrong on just about everything.

    April 9, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. L M A O

    And crying at the same time

    April 9, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Mr.Ignorant American

    Old man Cheney thinks were in deep doo doo, cause his war mongering profiteers are starving. He obviously wants the GOP to pressure Obama to attack NK as soon as possible.

    April 9, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. sowhat

    Dick Cheney is nothing but a war monger who stands to make a huge profit of any "war" we enter.

    April 9, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. JJ

    And you, Darth, are the #1 reason for that.

    April 9, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Richard

    You bet the GOP is in trouble, fat boy. You caused most of it.

    April 9, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. pokey5735

    Mr. Vice President Cheney, it is so good to see you looking strong and healthy and still involved! Thank you for all you have done for America. I still trust you more than anyone in our government today!
    You are constantly denigrated by low information citizens but one day history will be very kind to you because you deserve it. I only wish there were more like you in our government today.

    April 9, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Texas

    We'll the GOP is in deep doo-doo that's for sure.

    April 9, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. organically

    "Chickitiy doo doo" or similar named stuff is excellent organic lawn fertilizer, usually found in smaller garden centers, not at the big box stores. Do you eat chicken? Those farms create a lot of poop that will green your lawn.

    April 9, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Dave

    Dick ought to know... He is responsible for much of the GOP's troubles... that in their anti-American policies.

    April 9, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Greg693

    I am still shocked that chickenhawk cheney had a heart to transplant... Too bad they didn't lobotomize him.

    April 9, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. dalewalk

    So how exactly are we in deep doo-doo?? Nice follow up story to your inane headline CNN. Everything Cheney and Palin spew is doo-doo, so why do you keep quoting these toord blossoms?

    April 9, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. kevin

    Notice how the headline on the front page conveniently left out the part about North Korea to make it look like the GOP is in deep doo doo to uneducated voters who do not take the time to read the story? Smooth...real smooth.

    April 9, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Grymmdog

    Dick Cheney is probably the biggest idiot alive. Take nothing he says as serious or meaningful.

    April 9, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Rina

    Here we go again. Cheney the warmonger is on the brink of getting us into another war just so he can profit. He should have been shot for treason over the last illegal war.

    April 9, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Bleu State

    This is exactly who we need advice from on how to handle this situation....

    April 9, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. ksobserver

    So the idiot finally got a heart. Bet it came from another right wing nucase, therefore as useless as first one.

    April 9, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. anon

    IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? If I were going to write a book about an evil man hellbent on destroying the world it would be about Dick Cheney, not Kim Jong-un. This man is actively trying to get us to go to war AGAIN and the idiots in the GOP better not listen to him.

    April 9, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Grampa

    Actually, it's the GOP that's in deep doo doo and the deep doo doo's name is Dick Cheney.

    April 9, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Al

    Every time I see that dirt bag I wonder how many good people could have been kept alive with all the money spent on his medical upkeep!

    April 9, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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