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. Dan

    As bad as it may be, the world needs to deal with the N. Korea problem now rather than a N. Korea capable of actually deploying and and using nuclear weapons. China needs to also be held accountable as they are nothing more than N. Korea's enabler. The cost to the world in dealing with N.Korea needs to be past on to China in the form of trade taxes/sanctions.

    April 10, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  2. Jebbb

    We were in deep doo doo when Bush and Cheney were elected by the Supreme Court. They didn't share our world view, and their actions were often irrational and unpredictable. As a result thousands died, trillions were borrowed and wasted, Al Qaeda grew, and the economy crashed, Iran installed its allies in Iraq and stepped up its nuclear weapons development. Bush & Cheney left such a legacy of fanatical followers waging asymmetrical, unconventional political warfare that we still have not recovered. Our country is broke, our military worn down, our enemies stronger. Thanks Dick and George.

    April 10, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. Larry

    Wow – what an insightful article. Thanks Mr. Chaney for all that intel on the situation. What did we do with that Do Do remover again?

    April 10, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  4. John

    Cheney was worthless as a vice-president and has never had anything of value to say, including the comment being heralded in this article.

    April 10, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  5. AJ

    Ummmm, right... house republicans want to take advice from Cheney on foreign policy??? Ummm NOPE.

    April 10, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  6. Anon

    ...and shared some of his history dealing with Saddam Hussein, noting "you never know what they're thinking."

    You mean like thinking Iraq had WMD's, when they didn't?

    April 10, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. bill

    Mr. Cheney – you left us in 50 feet of doo-doo over our heads. What should anybody care what you think.

    April 10, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  8. William

    Cheney should know about "deep do do" as he and his sidekick, Bush, got us into it in Iran and Afghanistan.

    April 10, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  9. jack

    Cheney for prez !

    April 10, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  10. BigdaddyUSA

    You mean the guy who hid in a bunker for years is spreading his wisdom?
    Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview. Neither did his father or grandfather. Your brilliant at nothing cheny, go back to your crypt!

    April 10, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  11. TheKaiser

    This is the LAST guy we should listen to when it comes to foreign policy and war-readiness opinion (in regards to other countries). Ugh.

    April 10, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  12. Robert

    "We're in deep doo doo."

    Oh, yes, great "insight." He's perhaps almost as insightful as he has been about other global events, some of which he created. Maybe he could be even more insightful and tell us what his true motivations were for what he's accomplished.

    April 10, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  13. Matt

    Why anyone would listen to this charlatan is beyond me.

    April 10, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  14. Robert

    Good to see he is in great shape.

    April 10, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. amlcpamaine

    Yeah, deep doo doo .. just where Cheney the psychopath likes to see us. He follows the early-twentieth century strategy of building up wars to enrich the industrialists while sending someone else's sons off to war – and thus helping unemployment too. The fact that the TAXPAYERS have to pay for this is irrelevant to him. On Korea specifically, every diplomatic mission to North Korea in the early 21st century cited their "leader's" abandonment of diplomacy because Bush and the neocons started their "axis of evil" diatribe to rile up their support among the ignorant puppet wingnuts. Cheney will get his when he passes and meets his maker, and it won't be pleasant for him.

    April 10, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Gee, Cheyney and the GOPT demonstrating signs of national unity during a developing crisis on the Korean peninsula? Perhaps someone should remind Cheyney that the GOPT's main objective is not to worry about global instability but rather to divide America and make our President fail. Just ask Mitch McConnel.

    April 10, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  17. Ralph

    Google Cheney ownership of Halliburton. In case you don't remember, this company was a major player in the Iraq War. Have you ever heard of War Profiteering? Wars are very profitable for a few people who own companies that are in that business. Of course those people get very excited about getting richer. I sincerely hope we can avoid more wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. Korea is, was and has been a Nightmare. I hope we keep a cool head and don't put boots on the ground again in that or any other foreign country. Protect the US of A, but forget about being the worlds Police Force.

    April 10, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. FutureWizard

    Should we attack N. Korea Mr. Cheney?

    April 10, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  19. ignatzz

    If the Republicans are asking Dick Cheney for advice on foreign affairs, it demonstrates that they have learned NOTHING from their mistakes, and shows WHY they are out of power. Hopefully permanently.

    April 10, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  20. Carolynn

    Lucky Mr. Cheney will make a few billion more with Haliburton. So do do is a good thing for him. China is financially supporting N,.Korea and not jumping in to defend S. Korea or anyone else. Our resources are depleted and we are now borrowing money from China for our daily essentials. We go further in debt to them and are cleaning up a soul robbing mess financed by them. How greedy are those in Washington who profit by the decision to chase down another war? How do you cap greed. I am not afraid of a nuclear winter. I don't believe China has given Kim the go ahead for that. I don't blame the republicans or democrats. I blame greedy men.

    April 10, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  21. bill dunn

    God help us all if anyone takes any advice from Darth Vader. He turned out to be such an expert on Iraq. This war criminal should be in hiding, he has the blood of over 3,000 Americans on his hands, not to mention his role in not paying attention to the REAL intel that we had before 9/11. He should just remain in his spider hole and spend his millions of Haliburton cash that they stole from taxpayers from no bid contracts and doulble charging for meals and selling fuel to the army for ten times their cost.

    April 10, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  22. JK

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

    Given that the US has invaded dozens of countries resulting in millions of deaths, has military bases in 150 countries, and, oh yeah, actually dropped TWO nuclear weapons on another country, I'd say not sharing the US worldview is actually a good thing.

    Why does anyone listen to this murderous, warmongering, self-enriching old man, anyways?

    April 10, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  23. Paul

    No Dick,We were in deep doo doo when you and GWB were in office,We are still trying to dig out of the mess you got us into.

    April 10, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  24. photoman67

    So tell us again where the WMDs are in Iraq, Dick.

    How about you just step away from the microphone and go shoot a few more people in the face?

    April 10, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  25. Name lynn

    North korea is deep in doo doo because the united states is not worried about north korea, because the lord is in controll, of the bombs an everything else that north korea is wantng an trying to send bombs into the united states?

    April 10, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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