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. Mr Dalloway

    If you like jackals you'll love him.

    April 10, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. VietnamWarVeteran

    Dick Cheney (he of the five deferments during the Vietnam War because he "had better things to do). Bush, Zionists Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, and that entire Bush Administration are all WAR CRIMINALS.

    April 10, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. crewjobs

    I guess when Obama was awarding $500 million no-bid contracts to Halliburton spinoff KBR in 2010 it was all fine and dandy though.

    Cheney is a silent observer compared with yapping harebrained idiot Al Gore, speaking of ex-VPs. Al Gore could also buy and sell Dick Cheney with all the dirty money Gore has made since leaving office.

    April 10, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Not Fooling Me

    Cheney is the center of the axis of evil. He is the anti-christ. He personifies EVERYTHING EVIL in the world today. I wish he would just die - what a waste of a perfectly good heart that should have gone to a person with a conscience and some moral integrity. But, of course, he bought his way to the top of the transplant list. Did I mention I hate him and everything he did to make this world and our country such a disaster. He will burn in Hades for eternity for all the WAR CRIMES and death he was responsible for.

    April 10, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Matt

    That would be the North Korea that him and bush ignored and threw out a peace agreement that would have kept North Korea from developing atomic weapons? So, it is a probelm now and not when he helped create it? Really?

    This guy should be in prison for lying to the American people and killing so many US kids.

    April 10, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Addis Samson

    Yes you are right but the thing I don't understand is this as a simple citizen we know this much and it is true what Cheney has done and he still downing but as federal or gov label or congress there ppl who get payed just to protect such thing and bring this ppl to justice I don't know what here are doing may be there getting some to keep there mouth shut ...,I don't know ....,

    April 10, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. donna rochester

    The last thing we need now is to hear from Dick Cheney. His history certainly doesn't give him much credence. I agree with Oh Really? he should be serving time for crimes against this country. The man is a liar and has no integrity or expertise in foreign affairs. His comments only serve to make a worrisome situation worse. Crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under and stay there Dick Cheney. You have already done enough damage to our country and are responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths, here and in Iraq and Afganistan.

    April 10, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. davey

    The us will be defeated in any action with North Korea as we were in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Hide and watch.

    April 10, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. gaptherockstar

    Cheney is so past his relevance.

    April 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Tychi

    "Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.” He must have some great drugs.

    April 10, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Adam

    Seeing as this is the guy who helped bring chaos to the Middle East, I'm not going to take what he says as good advice.

    April 10, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.
    WHAT? I thought little Kimmy and papa Obama Shared the same world view.

    April 10, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. looknclick

    Bunch of "lucid" baloney

    April 10, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. J Simmons

    We love you Dick. Stay strong. We need men like you.

    April 10, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Joe G

    I like this post because it reminds me that he isn't our vice president anymore. :)
    Oh, and I think the correct word is 'poopy' not 'doo doo' sir.

    April 10, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. rastus

    Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.
    WHAT? I thought Lil' Kimmy and papa Obama Shared the same world view.

    April 10, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Tom

    Brilliant Cheney, look in the mirror, you got us hosed...........................................................

    April 10, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Jeff Jones

    Translation: Halliburton could use another war.

    April 10, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. John

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate;
    only love can do that.
    Hate multiplies hate,
    violence multiplies violence,
    and toughness multiplies toughness
    in a descending spiral of destruction....
    The chain reaction of evil -
    hate begetting hate,
    wars producing more wars -
    must be broken,
    or we shall be plunged
    into the dark abyss of annihilation.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    April 10, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Gary Knoke

    Take a look at any reputable book written about the Nuremberg Trials after WWII and you will easily find the charges the top surviving Nazis were accused of (and in many cases convicted of), including waging aggressive war, crimes against humanity, torture, imprisonment without trial, what's now called 'black prisons', kidnapping (oh EXCUSE me, extraordinary rendition), and a bunch of other things, and compare those charges to what King George the Moron, Darth Vader Cheney, Rove, the JCS, Condi Rice, and their ilk did, and you should be convinced that they're all war criminals.

    April 10, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. keith Diggs

    We're in "DOO_DOO" just as DEEP with so called Christians who support FILTH GAY MARRIAGE. They are the sort of Christians that "love son or daughter" more than Christ and therefore are "not worthy" of Jesus. I didn't say it, Jesus did. Matt 10:34-38. What exactly are you "conserving" Mr Cheney? If America accepts SODOMIC MARRIAGE who gives a rats rear what North Korea does? America will be DEAD. America won't be worth a sh!t. And neither, Mr Cheney, are YOU. I've lost ALL respect for you and I actually had some.

    April 10, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. blackhawkmom

    Why does anyone care what Cheney has to say?

    April 10, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Matt

    LOL. Any mention of Cheney brings all the left-wing loons out of the woodwork. You know, all those folks who when ape-sh1t over the things Bush and Cheney did. ...but now ignore it when Obama does the very same stuff. Or worse.

    Such intellectual integrity.

    April 10, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. rastus

    Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.
    WHAT? I thought little Kimmy and Papa Obama shared the same worldview

    April 10, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    well, to be perfectly honest – 'ol Halliburton down here has a skeleton crew ever since cheney left political office. I honestly don't think they've hired since. lol

    April 10, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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