(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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We dont need his doo doo.
Get the Boomers ready and get them before they get anyone else. Seriously I am sick of North Korea just get rid of this guy there has to be someone that can put a bullet in him. We keep playing this game over and over, enough all ready end it. Besides we went after Sadam because he might have WMD this country actually does.
who is this guy??
Cheney looks like a demon.
While I agree with Cheney's assessment of Obama Bin Failing, Cheney/Bush also kicked the can down the road.
It's time to end this game we took down Sadam because he might of had WMD this country does. Inaction makes us look like we fight on our interests alone and not on democratic principals. No oil we don't care, time to stand up for what we believe in not what makes us money!!
take a long walk off a short cliff cheney
That's what we need, Cheney's advise. He won't even admit he was wrong about Iraq or how bad it's been. He lied us into one war now he's trying to do it again. Not that NK is harmless by any means. But we sure shouldn't be taking his advice
Way to not be clear FORMER VP
Who cares what Cheney says?! He is a fantastic has-been.
OMG why do they keep it ALIVE?!?!?!
The Vice President of one of the most powerful countries in the world uses the term "Doo Doo" when referring to a politically sensitive situation that could cost thousands of human lives. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are all idiots. So how do you Obama supporters feel now about your past chants of "Four more years, four more years!" This administration is one of the worst things to happen to this nation, ever.
Interesting comments on North Korea. Everything he said is pretty obvious: Kim is young, new as a leader, and he doesn't really have any history we can go on to know what he's thinking. What's interesting that Cheney didn't criticize the administration's handling of it. This suggests to me he either believes they're doing a reasonable job of handling, or he has sense enough to know that when dealing with a foreign enemy it's important present a unified face to them. A divided nation appears weak and indecisive, which can embolden enemies.
Cheney and G. W. are not the dog who crapped on the front porch, but they are the owners who walked by it for eight years ignoring it.
Cheney should invite Kim Jong Un on a hunting trip. Problem solved.
As much as I dislike Darth Cheney, he's right on this one.
If Cheney says it, it is always best to do the opposite. We should know this by now.
That's funny, we never knew what Cheney was thinking either.....ha...
Satan thinks we should invade North Korea. Normally we wouldn't listen to Satan but we're the GOP and it's war he's advocating, so...
If we are taking advice from this dude on global security, we are S.C.R.E.W.E D.
Let them launch, then we carpet bomb them from the chiniese border all the way to the SK border. If china has anything to say about that, then shove a phat nuke into bejing (something that should have happened a long time ago). Why do we put up with NK. If Iran talked that way to us, if afganistan pakistan, if anyone but NK spouted this crud, we would bomb them back to the stoneage.
How did a 72 yr old get a heart transplant when there are so many 'ELIGIBLE" younger people waiting in the wings? Just sayin'. He has done his time...let mother nature take over from here. Some other person of relevance will die because they didn't get that heart he received. Just flat out wrong.
"Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." – Well, the boy's father was the same way when this bozo was in office. Not enough bombs to spare from Iraq to change his "world view" to "US" standards I suppose. Just go away Dick – just go away.
Would we expect any other comment considering how they handled iraq
Doo doo...seriously? From a former Vice President of the United States? Never mind that he was a flagrant abuser of power. Why does he exist again?