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. Martin Miller

    Cheney should be doing time for outing a CIA agent... He also should have been impeached for cooking the intelligence books on getting us into the Iraq war under false pretenses.

    Why does evil not die?

    April 9, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. ADAM4X4

    I wouldn't take any advice from this guy. Let's just be ready (at a moment's notice) to annihilate the little punk and his little generals with the big hats. A bunch of dangerous clowns.

    April 9, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. ron artis

    i think that dick might not be right about us being in deep doo doo. This country will get the job done! No bragg,just facts.

    April 9, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. KJ

    Cheney is a man with a good heart now !!

    April 9, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Globaleagle

    Cheney-Un, one ole lying fart, one young lying upstart, two peas in a pod. Next.

    April 9, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Marianne Leanza

    The United States is going to have to do what it has to do to protect its American citizens and its bases.

    April 9, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Chicadow

    Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

    Yes. Doo doo. A very clear, lucid, and mature way to describe a situation that could lead to thousands of deaths, most certainly some American.

    April 9, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Albeville

    Great. Now Cheney is offering his eloquent assessment of the North Korea situation. His opinion might carry more weight if he had not bee one of the principal architects of the Iraq misadventure which has stressed the US military to the limit, sacrificed thousands of US lives and over $1 trillion, and effectively prevented us from monitoring the Korean Peninsula with the attention it merited. It would really be a blessing if he would enjoy a quiet retirement.

    April 9, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. NotGOP

    Cheney should go crawl back under the rock he came from under. This guy and baby Bush are entirely responsible for the current state of affairs across the glob. Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, DPNK, Pakistan, on and on and on... They should both be on trial like Sarkozy is in France.

    April 9, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. John/kc

    Really now, who cares what Cheney has to say after he and Bush left office with the US involved in two wars and our economy and banking sector in the crapper.

    April 9, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Gwen

    I'd say that Bush and Cheney left our country in "deep dodo" when they decided to drag us into a war in Iraq.
    How dumb was that!

    April 9, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Porky Pig

    What's the problem?Pull the trigger! Lights out.

    April 9, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Iraj

    Well, Cheney is now young at heart. All he needs is a brain. Why did the old Oil executive push for the destruction of Iraq rather than putting a leash on the North Korean leaders? The best I can guess is that we paid the price so Cheney's company can get cheap oil.

    April 9, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Wasn't Cheney part of the regime that fell hook line and sinker into N. Korea's extortive powers by giving them concessions only to be duped by them cheating on nuclear programs? This is the same Cheney who said Iraq had WMD's right? The same Cheney who said Iraq was part of the 9/11 attacks? Why would you ever listen to this guy on anything related to foreign policy and war? Unless that is of course you were trying to find out what NOT to do.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Greenspam

    Why anyone still listens to Dick Cheney is simply beyond my comprehension.. Seriously folks.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    “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,”

    Wow. That's brilliant Cheney. Don't think I could have come up with anything that astute.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Loathstheright

    So says the man who committed treason against us.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. pbernasc

    wow, that was a smart comment
    Doo Doo ... huh ..
    now we know why NK got their first nuclear bomb under Cheney's watch

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Te Limbo

    Cheney is a smacked donkey.

    He's literally the most evil figure in recent politics. Him and Rumsfeld are criminals.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Poo Dunk

    Oh Poo. Sounds exactly like the Cheney we all know, complete with his Rumsfeld known knowns and the unknown knowns and the unknown unknowns. Yes GOP whips appreciate such intelligent insights, surely.

    April 9, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. ED FL

    Typical DRAFT DODGING coward trying to cover up some of his lousy work along with the Bushes.This Cheney is a disgrace to civilization. This country will come out on top but not because of Cheney but in spite of him and the cowardly GOP that loves to send other peoples kids to war while they sit it out.

    April 9, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. fernace

    Unfortunately, Cheney's "insight & experience" boils down to starting 2 wars based on rumors & innuendo! He may not be the best person to give advice about N.Korea! I do agree that we don't know much about Kim Jong Un, except that he's a young hothead trying to stirr stuff up & that we need to monitor the situation closely! I don't think we're "in deep doodoo"! That's just Cheney-speak for "let's kick their butts right now"!!

    April 9, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Hippy Dippy Weatherman

    He wants bad things to happen.

    April 9, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Mohammad

    Blame it on the Muslims!

    April 9, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Lakshmi J

    “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,”

    Wow. That's brilliant. Don't think I could have come up with anything that astute.

    April 9, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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