(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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FYI - "the United States worldview" should be "the United States' worldview" (possessive)
Seriously Dick? How can anyone take you seriously after Iraq? Don't get me wrong, I am concerned about North Korea. But the truth is that they are highly unlikely to actually start a war with the US, and I am far more concerned with you thinking you have any credibility anymore.
That's nice. Too bad you and Bush did NOTHING but send strongly worded letters through the UN during your eight years. Oh no. Sorry, nothing would have been good. Instead you saber rattled while you sent our military to get bogged down elsewhere, making it worse. Yeah, Cheney. Now's really the best time to arm chair QB.
Dire warnings are all that Darth Vader does. A few decades ago I found Howard Cosell to be the most repulsive person I might encounter on television. Dick is in an entirely different league, and causes a level of revulsion I hadn't thought possible.
Cheney – well, lookie lookie the pot calling the kettle black. Anyone who listens to this washed-up old warmonger deserves to be sent forthwith to Somalia.
Taking advice on war situations from a man who should hve been charged with war crimes... not smart.
Your country needs to deal with this man and his two friends. Crimes against humanity, treason that type of stuff.
He's still speaking language so W. can understand it.
After the Iraq War, Cheney's dictionary no longer has the word "credibility" in it.
Cheney thought about potential conflict and devastation and his mouth instantly began salivating.
When is the U.S. going to stand up and tell North Korea if they fire one missile anywhere, we return the favor tenfold. Tell the Korean military to do something with their government or they will pay the price. Tired of giving in to a country who thinks they are so bad. why not just send two or three nukes to South Korea and point them at the North and say "go ahead, make my day"
Stop trying to fan the flames, dick.
North Korea detonated its first nuclear device in 2006 under Bush-Cheney's watch. They didn't do anything when they should have put a stop on NK. They were too busy dealing with roadside bombs in Iraq I suppose.
Shut up Cheney! Your time is over!
Its good to know that the current GOP folks are relying on the man who was so good on foreign relations in the previous administration
Listening to Dick Cheney gave us WMD's, a second Iraq war, failure in Afghanistan and the worst economy since the depression. Why listen to him again?
Here is a man that has never been correct about anything giving the GOP guidence. Maybe that is the problem with the GOP!!!
hasn' this guy caused us enough trouble ? Who cares what he thinks ? Just go away............ Please
People taking advice from this man?! hahahahaha
Honestly, not sure if "doesn't share the United States worldview" is a bad thing!
Yes, listen to Cheney and we will be in WWIII with NK, China and Russia.
By any chance did Cheney mean that his administration made a mistake and should have attacked North Korea instead of Iraq?
Freedom of speech that many of us wish he never exercises. Shut up!
"..Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly".
That's about all you can say about that guy. He might even go quail hunting again, dog forbid.
Other than that, he's the same old egomaniac that he was while pulling George W's strings...
Cheney subtly urging action on North Korea?
.....Oh crap, they must have found oil there...