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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soundoff (1,614 Responses)
  1. PoBoy

    Wow, now that's some of the best advice I've heard in a long time. Now I see why we ended up in the quagmire that was Iraq!

    April 9, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Obi Wan

    Take a look at that picture. The Sith Lord before the accident...

    April 9, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. bill davis

    We have a Community Organizer with no real experience, and another boy playing with his toys,
    Both of them with problems at home, yet our guy is over there playing war games and upset because another boy is playing in his back yard.
    Obama go are not welcome..

    April 9, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Realpolitik


    The guy should be in jail for the Valerie Plame outing then he was the so called "brains" behind the Bush Administration on Iraq.

    What total DB!

    April 9, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Chris

    Question is how deep can the doo doo go..............

    April 9, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. caballote

    And of all people CNN decides to get Cheneys view on North Korea? Isn't this guy the same who trumpeted WOMD in Irak that ultimately turned out to be false and yet made millions of dollars in oil? CNN is the digital version of The Inquirer...

    April 9, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Ctraig Adams

    Poor old Dick needs to go away. His critique at best gives aid an comfort to the enemy- his opinions are usually pretty pointless......go away Dick– follow Pres Bush's lead!

    April 9, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Allen Hussein

    Maybe if Cheney and Bush would have focused on North Korea getting a WMD instead of doing their fool's errand of invading Iraq, the world would be a much safer place.

    April 9, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. dubya

    We were in deep doo doo during the Bush/Cheney dictatorship.

    April 9, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Zoglet

    Why is Cheney still a free man?

    April 9, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. max3333444555

    just curious. under the ACA can a 72 year old man get a heart transplant?

    April 9, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Robert

    Shouldn't Dick Cheney be in prison?

    April 9, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Jewels

    I try not to dislike this man so, give him the benefit of the doubt - but, my emotions revert back to deep dislike for this man. I think he's deceitful, manipulative, and thinks if he throws out tidbits, people want to hear from him. I don't think that's the case. I think he needs to stop with the desire to get attention....

    April 9, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Bob

    This piece of human garbage should have been tried for mass murder and hung. Instead – he's still giving advice to republicans? What other audience would be sufficiently stupid and immoral to listen to this filth.

    April 9, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. gregory21

    What a waste of a good heart.

    April 9, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Jewels

    BTW, is he speaking about N. Korea while dollar signs cross his mind? Probably so....

    April 9, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. rishi

    cheney should be the last person giving foreign policy adivice.

    April 9, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Michael

    Oh look, just the person I would want to consult for delicate decisions on foreign policy in a hypersensitive situation involving weapons of mass destruction that actually exist.

    April 9, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Lando Griffin

    Traitor Cheney trying to talk us into a war so Haliburton can have a good year.

    April 9, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Joe Plumber

    Thanks for the advice Darth Cheney. You always know what's up. Now crawl back into your death star and plug yourself back into your tax-payer funded life support system.

    April 9, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. g.r.r.

    Of course, Cheney probably glossed over the fact that he and W were the ones that created the mess in North Korea.

    April 9, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. transalp343

    No, Cheney; you are in Deep Doo Doo when your Perm a-Frost Heart finally gives out, and you discover you have arrived at a place where they take great pleasure in Torturing you for Eternity. That is called Justice.

    April 9, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Engineer in Raleigh

    "Clearly, we should invade Thailand, ASAP" Cheney was quoted as saying.

    April 9, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Jim Marler

    What knowledge could he share with a bunch of jackals that know only how to collect their pay check and benefits.

    April 9, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Jon

    It's too bad he didn't give his iron-clad recommended course of would be really nice to know what not to do. Dick how can we miss you when you won't go away?

    April 9, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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