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. nik green

    Cheney – shut your terrorist mouth. You should think yourself lucky not be in jail for life,. or on death row even, for treason and mass murder.

    April 9, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Pete

    Why does Dick Cheney always make me wince? Dunno.

    April 9, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. allenwoll

    Yes, Mr Cheney - And you may take a large, LARGE share of the "credit" for that ! !

    April 9, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. BOb the Prairie Dog

    I'll take Cheney's advice on foreign policy as soon as they find those WMDs in Iraq. Any day now...

    April 9, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Grinning Libber

    Cheney – chief neocon war monger and war criminal. Always looking for more of other people to die.

    April 9, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Pete

    And wow, that comment that Kim doesn't share our worldview? Geez, that was worth the price of admission fer sher.

    April 9, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. CSM

    Here's the funny part. Cheney wore a cowboy hat, and these morons still took him seriously and don't get that they're being played for fools.

    Cheney is the real-world equivalent of an internet troll.

    April 9, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Ahmed Chalabi

    Wow! What a peovocative story!

    April 9, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Blame it on Bush.........again

    Don't worry President O'bama is getting ready to apologize for America .AGAIN !

    April 9, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. AC

    Here we go again. . . .

    April 9, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Howard's Daddy

    He's only saying that because we haven't rolled in the tanks yet, for no good reason.

    April 9, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. shadysider

    I hope we aren't giving this man who cried wolf any credence.

    He's just looking for military expansionism and conflict at every opportunity.

    April 9, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. FAUXHAWK70

    Totally sick of CNN and reporting on remarks maybe made by our government high ups on this issue!

    CNN would give out any information to the enemy if they could!

    I am certain like most comments made this was totally taken out of context!

    I for one am not worried in the slightest what North Korea does!

    They have no idea what we (the U.S.A.) are capable of and if they keep this stuff up they are gonna find out the hard way!

    And to be honest if we play our cards right maybe Iran will get the same message when we make North Korea the example then we can kill two birds with one stone!

    April 9, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Lee Oates

    Only the good die young.

    April 9, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. tor5

    Interesting that Cheney is restrained on N. Korea (who actually has nukes) when he insisted on war with Iraq (which didn't have nukes). I guess he hasn't figured out a way to enrich himself with a Korean war, but when he does, I'm sure he'll be all for it.

    April 9, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. william haehn

    does anyone remember what 8 years of Dick Cheney did to this country ?? much money did he make from his ties to Halliburton.....he should please go away

    April 9, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. ed t duck

    Cheney may not have known what saddam was thinking, but we know what cheney is thinking: how can I increase halliburton's bottom line at the expense of us tax payers and soldiers blood.

    April 9, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Name juan bolle

    Who acres what this walking dead man has to say. Why do you continue to give him a forum?
    PS I did not read the article I don't care what he has to say

    April 9, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. RON

    Heart transplant? I missed that. Last I heard, Cheney was one of the evil empires undead, & had no pulse.
    Was it a human heart? It certainly would be his first.

    April 9, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. doug

    Cheney should be arrested and tried for war crimes.....he is a criminal.....and responsible for the unnecessary deaths of thousands of American service men and women and tens of thousands of Iraqui's....try him for war crimes....

    April 9, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Real classy. I expect nothing else from a traitor and a murderer. The president and his administration need no advice from you (d)ick and the world will be a better place once you pass from it.

    April 9, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. erexx

    Cheney is the last person anyone should listen to when it comes to War fighting.

    April 9, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. MathProf

    heart? what heart?

    April 9, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. phil

    Send your heroes to the front. it will create jobs in the US.

    April 9, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. mkaipo

    “We’re in deep doo doo”

    He's just now realizing this after shooting someone with buckshot, not so many years ago?????

    April 9, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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