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. mike

    This coming from a guy that attacked Iraq after the 9/11 attacks!

    April 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. embarrassed

    I'm so thrilled that someone with the intellectual capacity to describe our situation with N. Korea as being "in deep doo doo" is influential in the GOP. And to think he was a major force in running our govt for 8 years with Bush. To borrow a phrase from our respected former VP, I think he and Bush left our whole country "in deep doo doo." I would suggest, as a possible course of action, that we offer up Cheney as a special ambassador to the N. Koreans. Maybe he could advise them into deep doo doo too.

    April 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. Bob adams

    Really – this is a news story? In "deep doo-doo", wore a cowboy hat, looked "good", was "lucid"- Please, it's time to stop covering this discredited fool.

    April 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. Steve, New York City

    Cheney – the guy is probably thinking how he can panic stupid people into starting a new war. Maybe Cheney can take all of his Neocon buddies on a hunting trip sometime soon.

    April 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Alec

    It's surprising that anyone still listens to Dick Cheney's opinion on foreign policy after his Iraqi misadventure.

    April 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Thomas

    deep doo doo,” Cheney is so prolific !

    I think China will deal with the little doggie poo pooing on the rug .Bad for Business , Bad for Growth .

    April 9, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. Cindy

    "We're in deep do do." Glad he was talking at a level the Republicans could understand!

    April 9, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. Jack Paulden

    CNN loves the Pope and Cheney...the German Catholic Connection it seems.

    April 9, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. whyme4

    If anyone knows about deep doo-doo it's this fool, he put us in it, and we're still in it.

    April 9, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Sean

    It's a mistake to think the new leader of N.K. is in charge. The government is ran by committee. The real power lie with the young Kim's uncle and his cronies. How is that nobody in intelligent community mentions anything about this????

    April 9, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. johhnystop

    If Cheney thinks we are in deep doo doo – we must be doing OK!

    April 9, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Dave

    They asked Cheney to give insight, and Cheney based his insight on his dealing with Saddam Hussein? He totally blew his "reading" of Saddam. The guy was a few steps short of clueless and now all of a sudden his insight on world leaders is some valued wisdom for the Republicans? And he wore a cowboy hat to boot! If the republican leadership gets any more out of touch with reality they'll start going to Ronnie's grave and holding hands to beg for his advise from beyond the grave. This is really bizarre.

    April 9, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. Smarterestest Human

    What kind of a traitor would say such a thing? Oh ya, A RETHUGLICAN TRAITOR!

    April 9, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Chad

    We should of sent Cheney instead of Rodman to go make friends with him.... They could of went hunting together and solved alot of world issues.

    April 9, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. bribarian

    Lots of people don't share the globalist view, just leave North Korea alone....

    April 9, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. George in PA

    Congress couldn't understand when the American public said "No bailouts", or "It's about jobs". I guess Cheney was speaking to their intellectual level when he told them "We're in deep doo doo". I'm prompted to remember General McArthur's recommendation for ending the Korean war. His candor earned him a recall by President Eisenhower, and a censure of one of the greatest Americans to ever live. I wonder how history will judge the current caliber of leadership.
    Perhaps being in Doo Doo, it won't smell too good!

    April 9, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Kay

    Deep Doo Doo. Humm real inteligent converstation. Shows real "Strength". GOP keeps trying to make Obama look bad and the funny thing is it is only themselves they hurt. Honestly I do not like Obama at all, I only voted for him because the GOP can not put out a sane candidate much less a better candidate. GOP better grow up and stop pandering to the rich nutjobs trying to use govenment jobs to bad their own wallets and get some real candidates or it will be a long time before they elect a president. Claiming to be religious while turning your back on 80% of the American people and calling them welfare cases is absurd. IF you truely are religious you better start reading and understanding that bible. Good Christains and anyother religion helps those in need while you shun them. Just because you are anti abortion does not make you a religious conservative, stop watering the religion down. If you claim to be a Christian conservative start acting like Jesus not Pharoh. THE MEEK shall inherit the earth.

    April 9, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Why in the world do I care what Mr. Cheney has to say about anything? Before anyone calls me a left leaning rump swab allow me to say that I feel exactly the same about President Drone.

    What the hell happened that we gave away skepticism and real participation in our government instead of getting juiced up listening to talk radio or sounding off like I am here?

    We are off to another idiotic war and are glued to reality TV.

    Sick of the whole illusion.

    April 9, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Picou

    And you were ever right about, what now!?

    April 9, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Michael

    doo doo we were deep in doo doo when you and W decided to invade Iraq and we have been in doo doo ever since. your comments and advice are worthless and probably a lie. every week for the last ten years the usa has spent in the middle east 2 to 3 billion dollars of borrowed chinese money and this is why we are broke as a country. now when a real threat like n korea is at hand we are spread across the globe and have to borrow more to sustain our defense. we cannot squander our resources and humanity.

    April 9, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. LYNDA Vincent

    I hate to admit it but this time I think Chaney may be right. Put two and two together. China and North Korea together. America will fall to her knees. Someone needs to take a stand before the wrong person does. Id give anything for our ""OFFICIALS"" to actually come down off capital hill and talk to those of us who put them in office in the first place. Talk to the ppl, """ THE LITTLE PEOPLE""" so to speak. We do have ideas. My son would blow their minds.

    April 9, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. chizzlin sam

    if anyone knows Deep Doo Doo–it's cheney...thanks for the 1,000's of DEAD Americans, $6 TRILLION wars, millions of DISPLACED people in the middle east and hundreds of thousands of middle eastern DEATHS. cheney and his elitist buddies have been a modern BLACK PLAGUE.

    April 9, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. mitch888

    If the former Vice President really thought we were in "deep doo doo" the the last thing he should do is say so publicly. Instead he should be giving any advantage his insight might offer to the proper authorities. This is just another of his right wing 'noid moves. He'll sacrifice any or all of us to keep his world view intact. Let's hope the North Koreans can tell the difference between a savant and a silly old man.

    April 9, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. Candace Clough

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview."

    wow, his ability to state the obvious is amazing. ( later, VP Cheney observed water falling in drops from the sky and informed everyone near him that it was raining. The GOP leadership were in AWE)

    April 9, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. 300Baud

    I woner if it would help to let all the free range chickens loose?

    April 9, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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