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. knklhead

    Hey, Cheney, what do you think? Any chance you can weasel Halliburton in there so you can make a few bucks?

    April 9, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Walnetto

    Cheney is stating the party line, which is to say that we need to take North Korea seriously. So much BS! North Korea has no capability of hit the USA with anything but words. The world leaders, including China, are only interest in removing the idiot leader of NK so they can get on with the normal business of politicking.

    April 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. allens

    this from a man who dragged us into iraq, got thousands of u.s. troops killed and maimed for no reason. he should have dropped dead on the operating table

    April 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Palm2Forehead

    Ahh... Nice to see the ol' boy out and about, mongering up some war ....and in a cowboy hat too.

    April 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. On StreetWise

    ..."Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview"... Cheney, you don't share the same USA worldview or values that most Americans live by.

    April 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. leukevent

    Oh, I thought Cheney was referring to the GOP in general and if so, these would have been the first 'lucid' and honest words to have been uttered by his lips in like, forever, lol!

    April 9, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. D A Alexander

    Cheney seems to forget that his "dealings with Saddam Hussein" led to a totally unnecessary war that has been hugely expensive in both blood and treasure.... Let's not jump the gun and assume that we are "in deep doo doo"–I suspect that this is just a bit more extreme saber rattling to consolidate a young heir.... Not an all out declaration of war.

    April 9, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Pablo695

    Cheney – of all the advice and opinion in the world, his is the VERY LAST that I would ever listen to.... let alone consider!

    April 9, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. angeson

    Blahahahaha, You need somebody to start a war? Well you got the right guy. The Afghans named a new heroin for him! "Cheney". It is very impure, unrefined and has a darkness about it,but it's cheap to produce and common.

    April 9, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Tom

    Cheney should fall back in deep doo doo!

    April 9, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. 6797777

    Thank you Mr. Cheney , we agree on this one,

    April 9, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Brud1

    Being a Republican and against government healthcare I suppose Cheney has personally paid for all his healthcare?

    What a disgusting pile of crap he is.

    April 9, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. BRB

    What is that story about? Is it Cheney's recovery, his hat, North Korea, the new leader, missal attacks, or an unknown meeting. Very bizarre, wandering, piece of doooo-dooooo.

    April 9, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. emily

    Kim Jong Un "doesn't share the United States' world view?" Are you referring to the leader's attempt to start unsolicited wars for personal gain? Hmmmm...how quickly you forget your own history, Mr. Cheney.

    April 9, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. angeson

    Blahahahaha, You need somebody to start a war? Well you got the right guy. The Afghans named a new heroin for him! "Cheney". It is very impure, unrefined and has a darkness about it,but it's cheap to produce and common. Old Dick.

    April 9, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. oneWayfarer

    Says the World's foremost Purveyor of Doo-Doo

    April 9, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. timothy

    Please, no one paty any attention to this Cheney character on foreign policy. Never has one man been wrong on so many occasions.

    April 9, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. jjc

    Cheney's mad the US is in only one war right now.

    April 9, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. tony

    NK only got nuclear capability under Cheny and Bush's watch.

    NK was ignored because CHeny and Bush were too busy lying and stealing Iraq's oil instead of protecting the USA.

    April 9, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. nota bobblehead

    Following Chaney's advice would put us in another war tomorrow. It's the neocon way.

    April 9, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. judith

    God Almighty! Anyone listening to Cheney clearly needs to get their heads out of the sand. This man masterminded the biggest fiasco in U.S. foreign policy history and should be sitting in a prison cell rather than trying to hand out advice.

    April 9, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. James Foley

    How stupid. I'm afraid we won't be taking any more advice from a guy who ponders, "So?"... on matters of the American people no longer supporting his violent insurgency into Iraq. This cretin can go take a long wheelchair ride off a short pier and not a single person would honestly miss him. He's like a herpes virus.

    April 9, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. James Foley

    and far less pleasant to be around

    April 9, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Justin

    And awaits the chaney bashing... dispite nothing him saying here being really wrong or offensive.

    April 9, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. warchief

    Dick Cheney, the only hard-working, honest American left in this country.. We should all aspire to become like him.

    April 9, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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