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. Never Forget

    Nobody was better at creating deep doo doo than Cheney. I've had to wallow in it ever since.

    April 9, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. ReligiousBondage

    LMAO – Thanks Cheney for your insightful analysis of the situation. Kim doesn't share the US world view and so we are in deep "doo doo". Well glad to have that straight. Have you consulted with the House Science Committee to see if there is any additional info there?

    April 9, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. IvotedforObama

    Instead of baby Bush going after Iraq he should have went after NK, but since they had no oil he didn't do it.

    April 9, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Maybe if you had taken care of them instead of invading Iraq we wouldn't be standing in deep doo doo.

    April 9, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Dave

    "Doo doo"...that is a technical term for "crap" right?

    April 9, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Shewillbemine

    Really intuitive, insightful, helpful comments there from the former war-mongering VP of the U.S.

    April 9, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. coflyboy

    The only deep do-do we are in just spewed from Dick Cheney's mouth. Since he should be tried for treason I doubt this criminal has much credibility.

    April 9, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Amanda Dreyer

    Sit down and shut up Cheney. You're crazier than the great leader!

    April 9, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Dave

    Like we're supposed to listen to him now. He spoke lucidly as opposed to his incoherent mumbling while in office.

    April 9, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. tet1953

    There's only one thing we can do, right Dick? Sign a new contract with Haliburton for a billion or three.

    April 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Jan

    Considering Dick Cheney was the chief architect of the incredibly irresponsible Iraq war – and most people know it – I'd say he was the one in the deep do do where he has been for a long time.

    April 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Lou

    Of course Dick Cheney will say this. This is the same thing he and GWB did to ship up the GOPers for Iraqi, Hello Haliburton.

    April 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. BostonBob

    Wow – out pops 'Dick' to whip up support for yet another war.

    Imagine that!

    April 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. harry taylor

    Cheney doesn't have a heart.

    April 9, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. dustylion

    It seems Cheney is channeling Boss Nass.

    April 9, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. snowyowl

    We've been in the deepest doo doo, Dick, ever since you and junior occupied the WH.

    April 9, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. DC Observer

    North Korea has always been worried about its security. The US should quietly prepare for anything – be ready to defend and also counter attack if the North does something dumb.

    If they launch just test missiles on the 11th and 15th of April, the US should not react in a knee jerk fashion. Obama should talk with China and Russia behind the scenes and try to reach a consensus on a unified response -which should be delivered by China to NK privately.

    Next, CNN should tone down its rhetoric and NOT allow blog posts on its stories as they are getting out of hand

    April 9, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. ccw

    ....Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”....well, there's a first time for everything

    April 9, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Complete ignorance

    Who gives a rats what Cheney has to say? Another war monger seeking to start another war to put on the US credit card.

    April 9, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Eric

    I have a feeling North Korea may internally remove Kim Jong Un from this Earth before things get worse.

    April 9, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. dzerres

    Why would anyone take Cheney's advice on anything? Hey, Dick, we're still looking for those WMDs in Iraq and waiting for the "mushroom cloud" to develop over Baghdad. Dick should have been arrested for international crimes against humanity, war profiteering and war crimes.

    April 9, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. Kris

    A former Vice President makes a comment about a situation like "We're in deep doo-doo" and it wasn't a stab at Obama? That's a bunch of b.s. It's just Cheney pushing his fearmongering strategy again.

    April 9, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. sharpetongue

    Well this article was certainly useful information...not.

    April 9, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Paul

    The same Cheney that will install a Halliburton infrastructure as soon as we gain control of any conflict that might arise on the Korean peninsula..

    April 9, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Raj

    here comes the war monger-er out of his shell...

    April 9, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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