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. Sam

    And he is the primary reason for that

    April 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. blake

    Cheney is absolutely right. We are in real danger with Obama at the helm, and with Clinton and now Kerry as his chief foreign diplomatic lieutenants. None of them has a lick of common sense and none are committed to the US's best or historical interests overseas.

    April 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. independant jim

    The people of North korea are taught from birth that their leaders will protect them and the outside world hates them and wants them dead ,, its possible their leaders haveing been raised in those beliefs may think war is the only option they have to defend their country from perceived enemys ... Dick Chaney had the same views as the when he and GWB invaded Iraq and killed thousands of innocents ..paranoia isnt true just of the North Koreans

    April 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. mccainiscrazy

    perhaps obama can send some drones in to North Korea to k1ll some more women and children...

    April 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. sqeptiq

    The fact that anyone would meet with this war criminal is an indictment of their moral sense.

    April 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. houstonvegetarian

    That warmongering idiot was voted out of office for a good reason and stole a heart that someone else needed when he didn't actually meet the medical quaiifications for a transplant (99.9% of all other ex-smokers with his condidtion and age are DENIED – he bought it). He needs to keep his stupid mouth shut and go home and be glad he is alive.

    April 9, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. ItSoNlYmE

    Mr. Cheney doesn't have a really good track record of knowing when he or anyone else is in "deep doo-doo". I thought he'd gone away forever, but apparently the GOP "leadership" saw the need to dig him up (literally) for advice. That fact alone tells you where the GOP is today. In deep doo-doo if you ask me.

    April 9, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. CA Liberal

    I wonder what Cheney uses for a heart nowadays.

    April 9, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Steve

    Seems strange to evaluate Cheney's lucidity and suggestions on North Korea in the same story. Not to mention the intel fiasco he is part to blame for our ever going into Iraq the second time which forces us to question the legitimacy of his lucidity then and his suggestions now. When the position he played was tantamount to Dan Quayle.

    April 9, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Really?

    Why is Dick Cheney relevant any longer? A man who deceptively led this nation into war with Iraq is now posturing about North Korea. I would guess that the young leader of North Korea is about as unpredictable as this fading politician.

    April 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Garyinco

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." Wow, there's a revelation. Do we hold this up as the voice of a brilliant elder statesman? Good grief, my Border Collie knows that much.. maybe old Dick ought to just go have a nice lie down.

    April 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Voiceinthewind

    He should be knee deep in do do in prison along with the Shrub and the rest of the crew.

    April 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. MarcNJ

    Maybe Cheney can take Kim-yung-fat hunting.

    April 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. enuff

    Cheney would had us in a war again without a second thought...with all defense contracts in Halliburton's pockets. Why was that never a conflict of interest when he was VP?

    April 9, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Gmclenuth

    Talking about someone who you can't believe or ascertain what he's saying, Cheney speaks of himself very clearly. What a sad person.

    April 9, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. july4ther

    We all know what happens when Cheney acts on his insight.

    April 9, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. GJ

    I don't agree with good ol' Dick on most issues, but with this one he's absolutely right. North Korea is predictable the naive. We don't know how dirty they will actually play.

    April 9, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. TNPatriot

    Really?? For any sane person Buckshot Cheney would be the Last person you would ask advise of in this kind of situation.

    April 9, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. peridot2

    Darth Cheney looks happy at the prospect of another war. Does he thrive on arms sales and dead US soldiers? What's wrong with this picture?

    April 9, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. donna

    doo-doo, is that a political term?

    April 9, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. BigSir

    Cheney is the origin, "hey, you lookin' at me? How would you like a knuckle sandwich" kind of guy. Trusting the opinion of this bully is foolish.

    April 9, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. jon sentry

    Oh, god, not Dick Cheney again!

    April 9, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Kengle

    ...says the guy that first said Iraq would be a quagmire, was convinced Sadam was hiding WMDs, then proceeded to make sure his quagmire prediction came true... Of course, even a broken clock is right twice a day....

    April 9, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Bolt Of Lightning

    This whole mess is being manufactured.
    Puppets on a string, do as thier masters request.
    Who is pulling the strings ?
    The all seeing eye.

    April 9, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. BBall Diplomacy

    What is Cheney talking about? We've got plenty of intel. Call in Dennis Rodman! Send Rodman *now* as Chief Diplomatic Envoy to North Korea from the U.S. and he'll surely get this sorted lickety split. Dennis Rodman could be our only hope for continued world peace!!

    April 9, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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