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. Mamasrudeboy

    ...deep what? by the look on his face .... he is full of it...good Lord! why can't this old FOWL find a roost and just go away?....hmmmmmmmmmm

    April 10, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. No support

    My gawd, the man is a broken record that no one wanted to listen to in the first place. Did he really go into the meeting and compare the NK leader to Saddam? So what he really means it that the dude really is all talk, has no weapons of mass destruction and if we go in and attack NK he has some business partners who will be happy to go in and help with the rebuilding? I very rarely say I hate a person, but I honestly believe that Cheney is pure evil, the modern day, real life JR Ewing.

    April 10, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Sweeny

    "Doo doo" is also an accurate description of the content of most of the comments posted here, made by morons who have scant knowledge of history and are even more clueless about how the world works. Even worse for our Country, it was recently confirmed that your type also vote in large numbers.

    April 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. stewart

    I just love the we're going to get rich again when this happens look on his face. put this bum in jail for the last set of war crimes he and GB committed

    April 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Its funny everyone wants to charge Bush/Chenney with war crimes however if you were living under a dictator who was responsible for mass murders you would be elated to be liberated from that tyranny. Who cares if there was WMDs or not its more about not having to live with a dictator.

    April 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. fastfred1

    woops....sorry i thought this was FOX.

    April 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. AK

    To bad he is the one that helped NK get the reactors in the first place! Early 90's look it up!

    April 10, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. John

    I'm sorry, but who pays attention to what Cheney says.

    April 10, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. John Galt

    Now I know where to go to find low information voters – this site. You libtards are brain dead, for sure.

    April 10, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Lapus Lazuli

    Chicken hawk, Neo Con, PNAC member, Haliburton Cheney should be made to testify under oath before a grand jury why he ordered a stand-down of the nation's air defenses on 9-11. How is it that they had the whole 9-11 case solved and rolled out within about 5 minutes after it happened-w an end of story, case closed, destroy the evidence, don't ask any questions, we don't need no stinkin investigation mentality. But you say no one could be so heart-less to do such a thing, oh...wait...

    April 10, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Frank Olivier

    What a disgusting creature! You better had put a bunch of BS pictures instead of this guy's picrure

    April 10, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. midwest3

    While I would never wish anyone ill – would love for Mr. Cheney to just GO AWAY! Why is he having such a hard time understanding that he's not calling the shot anymore? Agree with Cuck Fheney that he is a war criminal – should be behind bars!

    April 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Troy

    This guy should be tried in International Court for crimes against humanity. CNN should also do a bit more fact check in their pieces. How can a heartless person receive a heart transplant? Unless, the heart was just planted in for the very first time.

    April 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Paavo

    For our anti-American friends on the left... Congress voted to send troops into Iraq (for political expediency), and when our troops needed their backs covered... The Democrats two-handed knifes deep into their collective backs (for political expediency). DISGUSTING.

    The democrat party voted to send troops to war... not based on conviction... but pure politics (after 911 the Left had to face its miserable anti-American past). There is NOTHING LOWER than the load of scum that perpetrated these unpatriotic acts... voting to send troops to war on politics, and then screwing our troops because of politics.

    How do you folks look in the mirror in the morning?

    April 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Frank Blourtango

    Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

    "We're in deep doo doo"

    OK. Awesome.

    April 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. FlyOnTheWall

    Darth Cheney is grinning because he knows another war will make him and his haliburton buddies that much more rich!!

    April 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. teena

    So, ya want to send troops into North Korea? Oh yea, let's wait until a republican is president so you can line up all of your croonies to make millions! What a disgrace this man is.

    April 10, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. northerstar

    I am not attempting to support the war in Iraq. However, Sadam himself convinced the world that he had WMD. He intentionally defied the world, including the multiple UN resolutions regarding his WMD. The US was not alone in believing Iraq had WMD. Sadam stated that he felt the WMD would make him appear strong. The world and Cheney were ultimately wrong on WMD. Sadam could have allowed the UN to conduct their WMD inspections but he repeated refused in order to keep up his hoax. The US ultimately used this unparalleled "misinformation" as justification for the war. Sadam, Iraq and US paid a terrible price for the miscalculation.

    April 10, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Pete

    The Netherlands Hague is where Cheney,Bush should be and be tried for war crimes just like Hitlers boys and quess what posters none of them walked out alive after those trials either being hung as well..150 countries with indictments for human rights violations and they're still walking around shaking hands,writting books and what the hells wrong with this country when scumbags like these are held in such high regard because of the republican hypocrites that voted them there!!Put a stop to their arrogence and treat them like they are mass murderers of innocent military men ,women and Iraqi civilians,plain and simple they've got to go!!

    April 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. New Mex Lobo

    scott said:
    "if n korea is such a problem, why didn't this jerk and his boss invade them instead of waisting a trillion dollars in funds, equipment, and people's lives in Iraq??? they were part of w's axis of evil. they had or were in the development of wmd's.. cheyney has no credibility..."

    Really? Sounds like you have zero confidence in the current administration to take care of the problem.

    April 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. rick in Texas

    Cheney should be classified as "enemy of the state". The cost of lives and treasure to this country could not have been inflicted worse on us by Sadam Hussein himself. George Bush Sr. knew when to "fold em" (after we (the coaliltion) defeated Saddam the first time) But Cheney and Bush Jr. did not understand this and created a quagmire. CRIMINAL!!! Cheney Should be on the FBI's most wanted list. Why isn't he?

    April 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. midnitejax

    " We're in deep doo doo" is a code for "Im gonna make another killing with Hali-Burton by killing more people".

    April 10, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Aacon

    Cheney wasn`t all that bad.We did win the war,even though we had to set a brutal dictator up to stop him from killing and tourtuing his own people.Saddam once sent a woman her husbands' head in a box when she ask to see him.Cheney gave her power over that cruel sob dictator,for her to live to see his actual hanging.That I like.

    April 10, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Namedon

    I will take Cheney over biden any day of the week and especially in a crisis

    April 10, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Mike

    Dick these guys have real WMDs. We don't need your bullshit advice and meaningless predictions. Go crawl back into your hole in the ground. You have done enough damage with your opinions and strategic blunders while failing to listen to intelligence analysts. You are a traitor and a war criminal for outing CIA officer and starting a war based on lies. The last time we listened to you we dropped three trillion on an unfunded war that gave Iran more influence in the region and killed tens of thousands of people needlessly. Go away, just go away.

    April 10, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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