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. fastrack

    Why is this a news piece? Cheney is only slightly more relevant to the world today than Palin and Air Mail stamps. Cheney should be in jail, not on the 'front page' of CNN

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. hahahaha......

    Oh look at all the liberal Obamabots still crying about Cheney...damn I hope that heart was pulled from an Occupy member!!

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Doug

    I think I've found the problem with the GOP – they still think Dick Cheney is relevant.

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. LeadPoop

    How is this guy still alive? It's like he's the star wars bad guy,,“We’re in deep doo doo,”! He is so full of it, I seriously doubt North Korea would do anything stupid like actually attacking anybody. Cheney should climb back into his hole and stay there!

    April 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. joe

    First of all Cheney’s record on correctly interpreting the threat level of a situation is FAR from stellar. Second of all his UTTER FAILURE to separate his personal, financial and business interests from his political decisions makes Dick Chaney likely the WORST POSSIBLE PERSON TO GET ADVISE FROM on international conflicts.

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. James Hughes

    Nice to see the former vice president looking healthy and robust. I don't agree with his choice of words, however, I do agree that the N. Korea situation is very dangerous to the USA and, even more so, to our allies. I hope that the president and his foreign policy staff are working with China to bring N Korea back under control. I would hate to see a nuke hit the south or Japan....

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Mike Smith

    It's all the liberals fault that the country is in disarray. Because of the liberals, the conservatives have lost their minds. they are buying guns like they are going out of style, they believe that the liberals have tied up God and are holding him hostage, that the liberals are destroying this country and all they can do is watch. They have gone beyond the point of no return. Insane on the Membrane....This is the NWO

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Why is this even a story? Nothing noteworthy was said about anything.

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Governor Pierce

    Well, as long as poor old retirees can finance a few trillion more for Haliburton-type corporations to go in and "restore order" over a period of ten to thirty years...I'm fine with it. Whatever. Just keep them stock profits coming (and going directly into my tax-free, offshore investment accounts, thank you very much!)

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Hogan's Goat

    Oh, he was lucid? That's nice. Did he seem to know where he was, or shoot anyone in the face?

    April 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. FUBO

    Like him or not, he has far greater political and defense strategy prowess than ANYONE in similar positions in the current administration.

    April 10, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. dano

    You do realize that if we had listened to cheney we would not have occupied Iraq. He actually advised against occupation. The more moderate Powell, supporter of Obama, advised to occupy Iraq. Used the argument you break you buy. We should have listened to Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Mary

    It sounds to me more like NK is in deep doo-doo. I think Kim Jong Un has lost his ever-loving mind. He's like a kid having a tantrum who has gotten himself so wound up he can't settle down. I think we should pass along the word to him that if he does something stupid, our first targets will be every one of his residences...make him homeless right off the bat. Someone really needs to discipline that boy.

    April 10, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. bombtech2

    I guess it is too much to hope for that biden would speak lucidly.

    April 10, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. litty Nine

    Have a heart will ya? Hey, I'd take his advice any day.

    April 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Stan

    "shared some of his history dealing with Saddam Hussein"... because he was so very successful in that endeavor.

    April 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Dave D.

    We should listen to Cheney, there is no one with such foreign policy experience in the current white house.

    April 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Robyn

    Re: Mr. Cheney and his comments on North Korea

    I get it. So this is like if I pour gasoline all over my house and set it ablaze.
    Then complain about how long it takes the fire department to come put it out.
    Mr. Cheney, denial and irresponsibility are his calling cards, till the bitter end.

    April 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Governor Pierce

    Oh, I see Halliburton changed into KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), the same type of politically-connected, tax revenue siphoning corporationpeople, just a different name.

    April 10, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Bruce

    Cheney of all people should know something about the dangers of a young inexperienced leader–and how that guy can be influenced by warmongering psychopaths.

    April 10, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Pete

    You want advise from a man called Cheney that has no remorse about killing thousands of innocent military men,women and Iraqi civilians from a war created with lies,maybe republicans do but ethical, intelligent people as myself will stand clear of this scumbag...He was interviewed recently for HBO and said he has no remorse and would do everything all over again ,what a waste putting a good machine called a heart into someone that never had one anyway...Send him and Bush to the Netherlands Hague and let them stand trial for the murders they committed with the Iraq war, more and it'll show a clear sign we the people have spoken!!

    April 10, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Rufus

    If a fascist, war mongering, draft dodging criminal tells the GOP we are in "DEEP DOO DOO" , that means he is loving it and clamoring for more war. When Cheney dies hell will have "welcome home Dick" sign waiting to great him.

    Even out of office Dick continues to pedal fear to incite wars and mass slaughter. He's hoping he can incite nuck war before his donated heart rejects it's placement in the chest of a demon and dies.

    April 10, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Gone from Ga

    Cheney should be up on war crimes for lying to the American people he has our troops blood on his hands.

    April 10, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Roger

    Seriously Cheney, go away!

    April 10, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Joe Smith

    Sorry, Cheney. You used up all of your credibility in the last go round, with those WMD's that weren't there.

    April 10, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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