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. alfuc

    Dick Cheney for Presidency 2016 & 2020!

    April 10, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Toby

    We're in deep do-do and Cheney is looking good. Otherwise this story says nothing. Actually even with the do-do it still says nothing.

    April 10, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. maximusvad

    We were in deeper doo doo when CHeney was VP.

    April 10, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Josh

    "spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

    Pretty rare for any Republican.

    April 10, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. glioblastomarunner

    Yeah, heres a guy i'd listen closely to on world affairs.

    April 10, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Carl Kerstann

    Any war is a good war for Cheney, he doesn't care how many of your kids die, it's all just profits to him.

    April 10, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. enuff

    What intell has he been privilege to? How would he know what is known 100%? By the way...he said "doo doo."

    April 10, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Biglansing

    Why does any ever listen to this guy? Not one of his predictions has ever been right – ever!

    April 10, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Ped

    Why would the advice of a profiteering war criminal ever be treated with credibility? The only reason the DPRK situation is "dire" in Cheney's view is because the DPRK has more boiled cabbage than it does crude oil.

    April 10, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. David Fleischacker

    I know that many news informers pick the pictures based on partisan tastes, but it would be good once in a while if pictures that displayed the real interior state of the person would be used.... no matter how one likes or does not like the person. This picture for example reveals Cheney as taking smug delight in some thing... but it was not taken with regard to this warning about North Korea. Democrats and Republicans that I know would not take such delight in these types of serious issues and it would be good if our news reporters reported those common points of unity. In the end, this picture reveals more about the partisan character of the reporting team than it does of the real state of Cheney. It is a frustration I have as a professor in a university. The precept that journalists should use should be to reveal the real state of the people and situations which they explore rather than the journalistic likes and dislikes of themselves.This then allows the stories and pictures to reveal more fully the situation, and thus to become more transparent to what is happening, rather than to the tastes of the journalist (s) writing the story and taking the pictures. Does it mean the journalist can be completely transparent? No, but the ideal should be to be that transparent medium that sheds light upon people and situations, and the better journalists shine more light by pushing aside their tastes and doing their best to manifest what they write about.

    April 10, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Paul

    Cheney says we are in deep problems over North Korea....Thank God neither he nor George W are in office! We would already be at war again in Korea!

    If it were not for Bush/Cheney we would not be the laughing stock we are now

    April 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. David ben Cohen

    Can't the guy just retire and ride off into the sunset, leaving the rest of us alone? Or, do you think he's just itchin' to start yet another needless, costly war? Come on man, go home!

    April 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |

    Yes. Halliburton is running low on funds – let Cheney start another war.

    April 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. gino

    Go away, you baby-talking war-monger, who avoided military service four times at least.

    April 10, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. mommytwice

    Yeeeaahhh...kind of done with Cheney's advice. Go away, Mr. Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Trevor

    Dick Cheney...not exactly a voice of reason on foreign affairs. Why is he even invited to those types of meetings?

    April 10, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. NFLD thought

    Isn't that cute? Cheney thinks he still matters

    April 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. JoeyXL

    No one really gives a doo doo what Mr Cheney thinks. Whatever his opinion is on the course of needed action, the exact opposite should be implemented.

    April 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Michael

    Wow, Dick! Thanks a lot. That was a really helpful and insightful critique of the siuation.

    April 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Charles

    And we're interested in what Cheney thinks because he & Bush did such a great job on foreign policy, I guess.

    April 10, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Polopoint

    And Cheney should know about deep doo-doo.

    April 10, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. kurtinco

    Really? Warmonger Cheney thinks Kim Jong Un doesn't share the United States worldview. Impressive analysis. Time to drop a bomb. The GOP is in deep doo doo, alright, if they keep inviting this treasonous murder to their leadership/policy sessions.

    April 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Riveting

    Very profound words from Dr. Evil. I'm sure his advice would be similar to his advise on Iraq. "Invade"

    April 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. true American

    He wants 3rd world war to start so his company and friends can profit

    April 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Puddin

    Cheney is reported to have said "We are in deep doo-doo." He should know all about that, now shouldn't he? Cheney should stay in his man-cave wherever that is and stay quiet. His "advise" caused the US to be in the deepest doo-doo ever, and we don't need anymore of his "advise" on anything. I don't care how he looks in that cowboy hat.

    April 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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