Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea
April 9th, 2013
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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. bobbyhoying

    Liberals deny the existence of evil (they say there are no absolutes) so how could liberals recognize evil? Even if this punk launces a nuke at San Francisco the liberals will blame Bush and Cheney. We should blow his rockets up on the ground. Then he can't launch a nuke at anybody.

    April 10, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Vader

    Darth Cheney... erudite as ever.

    April 10, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. POD

    Cheney (and others in the Bush Administration) are war criminals and traitors and should be arrested and tried for war crimes in Iraq and crimes against the Bill Of Rights in regards to arrests of American citizens without cause and holding them in indefinite detention without trial or the right to an attorney.

    April 10, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. isolate

    Had he and Cowboy George still been in power, we would have invaded the Philippines by now....

    April 10, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Peter

    I love it. Any article about Cheney brings out all of the "war crimes" loonies.

    Dick Cheney rocks!!!

    April 10, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Steve

    They wasted a perfectly good heart on this guy.

    April 10, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Dusty2701

    Cheney is a real to life psycopath and war criminal. He was the one running Capitol Hill, not Bush. His philosophy was simple...What's good for me and Texas is good for the U.S. No bid contracts, everything went to Haliburton because he ran the company and became very, very rich off of a poorly run enterprise. Not to mention all the young American men and women he got killed.

    April 10, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Ricksta

    Is this news?

    April 10, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. david

    Dick Cheney knows something about "doo-doo" In fact, he is the master of doo-doo". What a patriot!!!

    April 10, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. blutruffle

    Cheney should know about doo-doo since he is full of it

    April 10, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Russell Nelson

    Why is anyone interested in what Cheney has to say? Isn't he the fool that cost us thousands of Americans' lives and a trillion dollars over "weapons of mass destruction" that DIDN'T EXIST???

    April 10, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Edward Wilkins

    Reading these comments on here...I can see why we as a species are going to fail. The fact that we even entertain this war mongering, war profiteering piece of "doo doo" is exceptionally psychotic.

    I am tired of making arguments in the attempt to enlighten a few people...for the most part people are sheep that simply want to eat, crap, sleep and do it all again the next day.

    If people were rewarded with food, a bowel movement or extra sleep to try to advance our species there would be more success than trying to use words with the morons on this planet....especially this nation.

    We sit here and whine about the politicians, the political system, and the state of the world...and yet none of us attempt to change even one thing in our own neighborhood...then we go out and vote for the same derp candidates every year.

    Sure they have different names, but they are all the same. I get so angry when I read someone who actually thinks they are making a point by writing liberal this, conservative that....divide and conquer, that is the way of politics now and the social classes of man.

    I am tired. The few that actually take the time to agree speak of feeling the same way...we are tired of the games and the lies. Spewed by the politicians and repeated by every wannabe political pundit.

    April 10, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. bairkus

    Its always fun to read Libs comments following stories about VP Cheney. Its an excellent glimpse into Orwell's "two minute hate" in 1984. Cheney is their Emmanual Goldstein, whom they attack with all the frothing and foaming of fits of madness.

    April 10, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Mike

    Deep Doo Doo ?? Brilliant ! as Dan Quayle oncw wisely said "A mind is a terrible thing"

    April 10, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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