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. Truth Hurts

    Enemies like North Korea have no respect for Obama as a leader; they know he is weak. North Korea would never have dared act this way while Bush and Cheney were in office out of fear of a real response... they know Obama is a joke and they are all too willing to push us to the brink. Same with Iran, Russia, China... they have no respect for Obama because he is a weak leader who has divided the US.

    They are laughing at Obama!

    April 10, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. BIG WILL

    Rocky M/CD are we talking about the same Doo Doo Cheney that lied his way out of going to Vietnam and as much as the rest of the country now knows, put is a war that was uncessary....comeon guys.....really

    April 10, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Matt

    He wants war money in his pocket.

    April 10, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. TruthAndConsequence

    Cheney is one of the brighter stars in the constellation and he speaks from good experience. Partisan detractors aside, Saddam was a mean, cold hearted and unpredictable dictator on whom there was much flawed intelligence, much of it of Saddam's own making. As an expert sower of disinformation on wmd's, Saddam's lies were interpreted as truth. FBI's George Piro, who interrogated Saddam, learned why we thought there were wmd's when there were few to none.

    April 10, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. dondijon

    I'm not sure how enviromentally friendly this would be, but the first thing to cause a spark would get the point accross rather quikly I would imagine... and I don't believe it be technecally banned uner any existing conventions of war as of yet because incaction on thier part would only cause major inconvieniance for them and not devestsion...

    April 10, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Madame de_Farge

    What me worry? I'm sure it's party time at the WH simply to mislead Un and Auntie Un into thinking we couldn't care less...unless Un could hit DC. Par-Tay on, bombs away.

    April 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Cathy

    Based on Cheney's logic if North Korea attacks we should invade Myanmar. You know, just in case they have weapons of mass destruction.

    April 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. susan

    This, coming from a man who swam in the sewer when he invaded Iraq.

    April 10, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Joe Clark

    Cheney needs to be reminded every minute of his life that silence is golden.

    April 10, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Tiredoflibs

    Anybody who still believes that Iraq had no WMDs is too low information to be taken seriously.do some research before you tweet you twits. Odumbo can't spell Doo Doo, he's too busy destroying the country.

    April 10, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. native4sure17

    Boy what nerve of this guy!Cheneys a "War Crimminal"!Anyone have a shoe?

    April 10, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Steve

    And why would anyone listen to Dick Cheney? Listen the US spends 800 Billion annually on defense, that's non war spending. If Dick Cheney thinks "were in deep doo doo" then he needs to stand back and have his head examined. Sometimes I think these defense lobbyist need run out of town on a rail. It's like the New York Yankees playing a pony league baseball team , the way these guys deal in hyperbole is insulting to a persons intelligence. I'm sure that there's nothing Dick would like more than to deploy about 100,000 troops to southeast Aisia and have Halliburton do laundry for 15 dollars a pound for the next 10 years.

    April 10, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Rob Smith

    Anybody notice what happened to Hlliburtens stock price after Dubya invaded Iraq?

    April 10, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. The Jimmy Leg

    ZERO credibility. "NEXT!!"

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Nuclear Warheads

    Dick Cheney shot his best friend in the Face. He knows all about "Intelligence" therefore we should trust him.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. DAn from South carolina

    as you can see we still have many ,many fools alive aqnd doing well. Iam sure the north koreans love to hear from the idiots
    here. Iam sure he feels very secure when he sees whaT WE HAVE TO SAY.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. TRAPPER

    ...Liberal's....the light's are on, but nobodies home.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Joe Clark

    Mr. Cheney's comments are irrelevant.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Joe Clark

    Private citizen Cheney could best serve the nation by remaining silent now.

    April 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Arn Hansen

    I thought he be happy with another war. I see Halliburton made 50 billions on the Iraq war, so I guess they are ready for something new. Don't know what stock options etc. he might have, but sure he gets something as a former CEO.

    April 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. anon

    So the multinational weapons manufacturers need another war. Time to trot out your goon spokesperson.

    April 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Chris R.

    @Truth Hurts, you mean the Bush/Cheney administration that was in office when North Korea began testing and obtaining nuclear weapons?

    April 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Dan

    A more appropriate venue for Cheney to be speaking from would be the Hague testifying as a war criminal. Ranting like he does as would one of the many tyrant dictators in the world deposed from their protected state of comfort. He wouldn't look too stately then would he? Next up for trial would be GW Bush. Given certain immunity for his evidence against his puppetmaster Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Osama

    What a joke when people say Obama divided America, and still repeating the lie Iraq had WMDs, 10 years later, still lies! Bush divided the country when he started all those wars, just like Johnson did in Vietnam when he turned it into a full war.

    April 10, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Cindy

    And why are we paying any attention at all to Dick
    Cheney? Isn't this the guy who lied to all to get us into the war in Irag? Who said we shouldn't accept anything gay... except when his own daughter came out? Who shot his friend and tried to initially cover it up? He is an egotistical, arrogant has-been and I frankly don't why he deserves front page bylines.

    April 10, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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