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. david ward

    isn't this the same guy he shot in the face while quail hunting? lol. now THAT guy was in deep doo-doo

    April 10, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. victoretafo

    Every body is panicking thinking the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un is thinking of going to war. If you can clear out the noise and try to see what is happening, you will see that this attempts are not for out intent but internal intent.
    As a new leader, he has to create an atmosphere of support from his people and to do that he has to focus his people mind on the possibility of war thereby removing the doubt being created within their mind that this young leader is a serious person and has leadership qualities. His invitation and partying with Rodman is a serious dent in his credibility with his own people that's is why the orchestrated photos and videos of soldier rushing into the water for their leaders and a propaganda to drum support for him from his own people.
    How far he will go to convince them remains to be seen, all I know is that this new leader love life and the beautiful things of life including America and is not about to let this go away. If he had his way all this nuclear things will be over, but the powers that are there before him are advising him on how to keep the power by continuing in the footsteps of his father. If he reaches out first to the west, he will come across as weak to his own people and for that reason will not.

    April 10, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. sandy

    We are on high alert...military is ready. Deep dooo doo...he is senile, our forces can destroy anything we want to... a sand battle different story... guess you guys do not have military kids, you would know we are strong. Besides that russia announced today they are with us too.... If you do not love this country, get THE HELL OUT OF IT!!!!! Two sons serving!!!

    April 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. victoretafo

    Every body is panicking thinking the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un is thinking of going to war. If you can clear out the noise and try to see what is happening, you will see that this attempts are not for out intent but internal intent.
    As a new leader, he has to create an atmosphere of support from his people and to do that he has to focus his people mind on the possibility of war thereby removing the doubt being created within their mind that this young leader is a serious person and has leadership qualities. His invitation and partying with Rodman is a serious dent in his credibility with his own people that's is why the orchestrated photos and videos of soldier rushing into the water for their leaders and a propaganda to drum support for him from his own people.
    How far he will go to convince them remains to be seen, all I know is that this new leader love life and the beautiful things of life including America and is not about to let this go away. If he had his way all this nuclear things will be over, but the powers that are there before him are advising him on how to keep the power by continuing in the footsteps of his father. If he reaches out first to the west, he will come across as weak to his own people and for that reason will not.

    April 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Dennis

    GOP is in deep do-do because of Cheny and because of McClain.
    Both are out of touch and our of date.
    But McCain is a closet democrat and he is divisive. Why he was picked in 2008 is beyond me.

    April 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Mindstorms

    Why isn't this fool over in Iraq looking for those imaginary WMDs?

    April 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. gwats

    If he's feeling good enough to comment on foreign affairs, let him report to a jail cell for treason and war profiteering.

    April 10, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. CannotBelieveTheArrogance

    Wow, what a revelation that NK does not share the United States' world view. In reality few countries share it although many are accepting. With insights such as this it is no wonder the US screwed up under W's watch with Cheney in his ear.

    April 10, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. the_land_of_progtards

    We have an utter failure in the whitehouse and there is nothing but hatred for Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. VstarGuy

    Cheney, the other half of the two cancers that affected America for 8 years in the GWB admin! He spoke through his double forked tongue again! One of our real enemies, previous CEO of his beloved Halliburton companies and a well respected turd of the Military Industrial Complex (MIT). He and his co-hort should be serving time in federal prison for what they both did
    to this country!!

    April 10, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. cleareye1

    He should just disappear and keep his mouth shut. He has done more damage to this country than anyone- ever!

    Sadly, when this ex-vice president dies he will get government paid funeral. Many will celebrate though.

    April 10, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. desert voice

    North Korea wants a role she thinks she deserves after 70 years of banishment. It is a Big Bully, prominent role that she expects due to its nukes. She probably wants to continue to piggy-back on China on more equal terms. This is probably not what the U.S. has in mind for North Korea. More likely, the U.S. wants some interim process in which the North is assimilated to the South. No fast track prominence is in the cards for a maverick regime. This discrepancy in vievs, if my assessment is correct, will have to be overcome somehow.

    April 10, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. T2T

    For all you Cheney and GOP haters, maybe you should listen to what Cheney has to say. His sanity is still 100% better than that of Joe Biden. Dick Cheney has way more knowledge than Obama + Biden combined. Yet, the liberal crowd wants to poke at Cheney. If you don't want to listen to Cheney, fine. But, you better keep your eyes on your wallets and what is left of your freedom under the Obama and Biden regime. If you can't see their path of destruction, then I will encourage you to get an appointment made with your optometrist ASAP !!

    April 10, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. cleareye1

    Cheney was as close as we'll get to our own cheap despot. He is very similar to Un in that he could not care less about who might give their life defending one man's fantasy.

    April 10, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Henry

    If anyone knows about deep doo-doo it would be Darth Cheney. That's where the country was during 8 years of W.

    April 10, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. orson2

    Ahnold
    Chris

    "The point is not whether Hussein had weapons of mass destruction because...there were UN actions going forward to determine the truth of whether they existed or not. We short circuited that effort without any emergency requiring us to do so. If we had followed thrugh on the inspection, UN course it would have become obvious that there were no WMD."

    RIDICULOUS! Even Saddam's generals, even six months after his toppling, maintained that there were, indeed WMD. There was no way to break through this family secret.

    Furthermore, courtesy of Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan, Iraq possessed a prototype for enriching uranium, which Iran – from the same source is doing today. In other words, Saddam retained the intent to acquire WMD, and the means to do so.

    Without Bush's war in Iraq, nor would we know that Quadafy in Libya sustained the same intent by the same means.

    In short, nuclear proliferation to evil agents would be much more advanced to day (do know what North Korea is doing, also courtesy of A Q Khan?), would be much more pervasive without the successful war in Iraq. And so would Islamist terror because without a nominally democratic Iraq there would be no Arab spring to occupy the young and restlessly unemployed, literate males that become Al Qiada fodder for terrorism.

    THANK YOU president George Bush for making ours a better, more peaceful and optimistic world

    April 10, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Luke Skywalker

    Cheney should just put on his hoodie and use his powers of the dark to crush Kim Jong Un's larynx.

    April 10, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. barnes

    "Southerland said Cheney spent about 10 minutes in the GOP leadership meeting Tuesday..."

    And people like Cheney are still the GOP's heroes. For all their "outreach" gibberish, they will never change.

    April 10, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Terri

    There aren't words enough to express how much I don't care what Dick Cheney has to say about this or any other issue.

    April 10, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. John

    The Bush/Cheney legacy: China is now getting the bulk of Iraqi oil contracts at the expense of U.S. blood.

    April 10, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. dave

    Why did someone waste a good heart on this guy?

    April 10, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. jimbo

    I can't believe they're still listening to this crackpot. The GOP is incapable of learning or changing.

    April 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. rocknrollritchie

    CHENEY RULZZ...A real AMERICAN with a backbone! GOD BLESS HIM!

    April 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Darth Cheney

    Cheney IS deep doo-doo.

    April 10, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. jimbo

    @rocknrollritchie, yeah real backbone never afraid of sending soldiers into war, Where was he when it was his turn?

    April 10, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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