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. chris

    Cheney needs to go back where he came from... he will for sure make this worst if given the chance... fact nnice to know he done got himself a heart transplant at his age... others his age would be booted off the list ... gosh I dislike this man!

    April 10, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Cheney War Criminal

    If he had a conscience, this monster would throw himself off the nearest bridge.

    April 10, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. bearced

    Wow, over 1500 comments! This guy definately gets peoples attention.

    April 10, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. barb

    Whatever the former VP says is irrelevant. His credibility on offering opinions as to the outcome of World affairs is zero.

    April 10, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Captain Obvious

    Where's the news on this report? So - he attended a meeting wherein he states "we're in deep doodoo." He must be on his lucid, high-alert drugs. So- does the ex-politico-faciast have any words of advice? Keep all options open.

    I can't believe we didn't overthrow the government and white house when he and "curious George" were in office.

    Both of them - morons to the hilt.

    April 10, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Roy

    It's too bad Cheney didn't recognize we were in knee deep doo-doo when he and Bush got us into the multi trillion dollar ununded unwinable wars we will never completely get away from – talk about the kettle calling the pot black!!

    April 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. VstarGuy

    LOL! Matt, speaking of intellectual integrity, why don't you see if you can get sum! I'm not a Left-wing-loon or a Right-wing-loon! I'm middle of the road and I'll tell you first hand that conservatives who look lightly as to what your fair haired boys did to America for 8 long miserable years is nothing to sneeze at. They, and the Clinton regime brought this country to it's knees!
    Maybe it's time you do some research and realize what's transpired by those two admins.

    April 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. REALIST

    Cheney certainly knows about doo doo, he's made of it

    April 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. yarply

    Mr. Cheney,

    The MAJORITY of AMERICA does not share the "world view" of the government. Kim jung dung or what ever is not the problem. The problem is a continued presence in Korea. Washingtonretards have had 60 plus years to re unify Korea but instead just flexed muscle and made it hard on the North. Now there is a young leader there, and he maybe was raised watching his father have to eat american feces his whole life. So he won't play ball,, That makes him unpredictable? If the country is in deep doo doo over this then we are in a pile of the US Governments making. In fact they seem good at making messes of things and over reacting.
    Who knows? The Obama administration had a secret meeting with the north just prior to the recent escalation. Maybe this is all staged? Maybe a short war conflict would give cover to some domestic thingy which they can not do with the eyes of the world on the states.
    I put nothing past them. Nothing....

    April 10, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Hogan's Goat

    "IRAQ HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION." They used their gas up on the Kurds. Cheney and his gang lied about the rest. Remember?

    April 10, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. dejahathoris

    Says the man who helped lie the US into two wars we're still paying for.

    GO back under your rock, Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Max

    Can somebody please ask this guy to just shut up !

    April 10, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Tom

    This guy is an idiot. He is always saying ridiculous things and I can't believe that anyone really values what this guy says. I wish he would go on a permanent vacation to never be heard again.

    April 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. kay

    No more ink for Cheney please.

    April 10, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Wow, what a totally information-free article.

    April 10, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. gorgegirl

    I can't really care about what draft-dodger Cheney thinks.

    April 10, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    why is what dick cheney says anymore news or important. And I'm a republican saying this....
    This is NOT news...this is opinion....who cares what he thinks anymore....

    April 10, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Dave

    That's all Cheney said? 'This guy is unpredictable?' There isn't even enough information here to make sense of the "deep doo doo" remark in the headline. Crappy article.

    April 10, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Chase

    Anyone as intensely hated as the man is by leftists world-wide is a natural hero to freedom-lovers everywhere. I hope he lives for 100+ years and continues to PO his adversaries! Carry on Sir , in good health!

    April 10, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Jon

    Dick Cheney is like a case of the runs. Sometimes hard to shake. I wish he would go back to Wyoming, turn off the pace maker, and leave us alone.

    April 10, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. MFVJR

    . He might need another transplant- heart of a warrior.

    April 10, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. kevin

    Dick Cheney was the finest V.P. we ever had. Why is it, when Cheney speaks Obama listens!

    April 10, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Reader

    It's long past time for Dick Cheney to go back under whatever rock he crawled out from under. His 15 minutes of fame are over.

    April 10, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Jim Mac

    Cheney is a Patriot.

    April 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Scott Rankine

    Doctor Evil is at it again. He forgot to mention that North Korean developed nukes on his watch – the real weapons of mass destruction, not the phoney ones they claimed Iraq had. As the self-appointed leader of the Gang the Couldn't Shoot Straight he has the unique distinction of having been wrong on every foreign policy issue he presided over at the White House.

    April 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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