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. tony

    Cheney his cousin Obama, Bushes, Clintons should all be in prison. WAR CRIMINALS!!!!

    April 10, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. eagle eye

    Don't forget on who's watch the North Koreans, obtained nuke capabilities ! remember the axis of evil ? seems like the cowboys picked on the weakest of the axis and the one with the most oil! mission accomplished HALIBURTON !

    April 10, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. snoozie

    "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."

    – Must be the intoxicating smell of war in the air that has him all invigorated.

    April 10, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. ib42

    The world gets deeper into doo doo when monsters like cheney are born.

    April 10, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. The Cappy

    The Left: ready to hate.

    April 10, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Carlin123

    Ah, Hello? Were America remember? We kill for sport. If anyone is in deep do do it's North Korea.

    April 10, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. rbraven

    maybe he should have thought about going after the real "nuculer" threat instead of destabilizing the middle east... clown

    April 10, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. ib42

    The only doo doo visible in his article is cheney.

    April 10, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. maureen tornetta

    Cheney is a disgusting human being. We the American people hate him and how he and George ruined our beloved country. PLease go far away Mr. C we do not need your "Deep Doo Doo coments, but of course when it comes to doo doo gues you can relate.

    April 10, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Jewelgirl

    Shut up...Cheney and just go away!

    April 10, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. bob baden

    Cheney knows doo-doo when he sees it. Extract from that what you will.

    April 10, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. John the Historian

    What he didn't have time for another war in his 8 years. No war profits for Halliburton. Can't he just shut up and watch his grandchild by the Gay sperm donor.

    April 10, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. hecep

    Thank you, Jar-Jar Binks.

    April 10, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Hogan's Goat

    Come on, Republicans, tell us about "Benghazi." We're about to make North Korea cry, bin Laden's dead, jobs are opening up and everything's looking better as we head into a great summer. America's working on its bikini body and looking forward to a great year, and kicking the GOP to the curb is going to be just part of it. Tell us more about legitimate rape and wide-stances and what a threat Ashley Judd is to freedom, so we can laugh at your confused senility.

    April 10, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. CriminalsAll

    Haliburton must be threatened by North Koreas Threat.....Think about it!!

    April 10, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. peterfrohwein

    Mr. Cheney's opinions (are and always have been) as valid as the advice of a "Magic 8 ball".

    April 10, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. kripes

    Cheney should keep his mouth shut. He's full of doo doo.

    April 10, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Matthew Dunnyveg

    After the Iraq "cakewalk", it's a wonder even Republicans still take this neocon scoundrel seriously. I wouldn't trust Cheney to tell me the time of day, and I'm a conservative.

    April 10, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Al

    The man is a well known LIAR. Did we forget IRAQ's WMD. But then again, so are the GOP in congress.I would like to say this man, Cheney, should go somewhere and die and take the GOP in congress with him. YES, that's it.....

    April 10, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Unc Sam

    All the noise out of NK yet they've still fired not a single bullet.

    Looking back at previous conflicts I ask myself is it normal for a country, intent on war, to so obviously shout out its intentions? On balance of probabilities this seems like more of the attention seeking rhetoric we've encountered from NK in the past, the difference being that neither SK or the US is interested in giving an inch this time.

    The unpredictable factor, as people have said already, is Kim Jong Un's inexperience at international brinksmanship and our inexperience in dealing with him.

    April 10, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. peterfrohwein

    In fact, I believe the "Magic 8 ball" is how Cheney has formed all his opinions.

    April 10, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. viewfrombeneaththebridge

    This from the guy that had Weapons of Mass Destruction all over Iraq and linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11. We're only in it if we pay attention to Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. viewfrombeneaththebridge

    This from the guy that had Weapons of Mass Destruction all over Iraq and linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11. We're only in it if we pay attention to Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. LibholesRlosers

    @eagle eye are you talking about the Haliberton that made Clinton millions of dollars?

    April 10, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. chris

    @Frank

    Tell me that shooting at our pilots (and trying to kill them) is not an act of war.

    Also, please tell me why there should not be consequences for breaking a ceasefire agreement. Also, Hussein said that he wanted everyone to think he had WMD in order to deter Iran. So if he wanted everyone to think he had them, how were we to know he did not?

    I think if hussein would have came clean and told us secretly that he did not have them and apologized for firing on our jets and that he only wanted to deter Iran, none of this would have happened. but no, instead he held his bluff and he has paid for his miscalculation. What happened to Iraq is actually kind of sad. I can see his point of view, to a point.

    April 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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