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. wvhighland

    I thought Kim Jong Un was Cheney's son all along......... they sure have much in common.

    April 10, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Smeagel4T

    Wonder how much the military-industrial complex lobbyists pay Cheney to say things like "deep doo doo".

    April 10, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. ringosdad

    It actually makes me feel better. If Cheney told me today was Wednesday i'd hire fact checkers. The man is so evil, so corrupt and so lucky to not be in prison for treason (think Valarie Plame) that I am not surprised his heart rejected him.

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. The tempest

    This just shows how unfit republicans are to lead on anything. Hey, we're having "real" problems with a rogue nation threatening nuclear armageddon... what should we do"? I know, let's ask the guy who single-handedly put us into a war on false pretenses, exposed secret CIA operatives identites (compromising not only their lives but that of their contacts as well), and ran the national debt up to unprecedented levels on a chinese credit card. Brilliant repbulicans, absolutely brilliant....

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. fibsernum30

    Does Mr. Cheney perhaps see giant dollar signs for himself and his co-conspirators at Halliburton??
    Didn't they steal enough in Iraq!

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Anonymous

    How could noone procecute him for Haliburton winning all the defence contracts in iraQ without Bids, Or is he immune from any prosecution.

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Kenny

    Cheney says North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview"!

    Thanks for the news flash Dick!

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. GTB

    You partisan haters need to get a life. Cheney is no better or worse than most of the other politicians in office. Republican or Democrat, they all have serious flaws. We need Senators and Congressmen who put America first, and their party second. Sadly, we have very few of those in Washington, and even fewer in the public sector. Americans in general need to be less partisan, and vote more moderates from both parties into office, and then we could see some progress.

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. JLS1950

    Cheney IS "deep doo-doo"! Why would anyone even listen to this criminal?

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. JGN

    Cheney referencing Kim Jong Un; from one loose cannon to another. And such an eloquent speaker!

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Winston Smith_1984

    Same old republican line "Be afraid, be very afraid" They do this to manipulate people into voting for them. I did twice but never again!!!

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. ShawnDH

    More paranoid rantings from a warmonger.

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. chuck

    The last thing anybody should do is take any advice from this fellow. He has caused more death and destruction for one lifetime..crawl back under your rock..thief ..

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. me

    Cheney is drooling at the thought of what private security could make when hired to run NK... this man is a main reason why NK is doing what they are doing... I am no NK sympathizer, but if you look at what the US did to Iraq and combine that view with NK's reclusive paranoid state you can only imagine why they are focused on the US/SK relationship... not saying that is a correct assessment but it is understandable given what Cheney and company has made the US out to look like. Then he has the nerve to open his mouth? The sooner Cheney doesn't recover from a heartattack, or at least can no longer speak, the better this world will be... he is the West's mirror image of the NK leader...

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. tim

    hey Dick little Kim does have WMD what do you think we should do

    April 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. gtfo already

    Cheney already has the preparations to make money on a war with N. Korea.

    April 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Doug

    Go ahead GOP, keep listening to this draft dodging, lying pos who while in office stood back and watched NK develop all the tech that they have today. Does anyone remember the "Axis Of Evil" speech? Yeah, the only country of the "Axis" who was already deep into the development of WMD's this lying, draft dodger turned America's attention to a threat that didn't exist; and has yet to be proven over ten years later, that there were or was any connection to WMD's or a link to Al-Qaeda And why is he even there? His turn is over! If the GOP has any sense whatsoever, they would be steering clear of this douche' since it was under his watch All things related to the GOP went bottom up. It's far time that the GOP leadership start leading and stop following the policies and ideals of the very people that have put them in the position they're in today.

    April 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. LogicRules

    Mr Fear and Smear has, can he go back to his afternoon nap?

    April 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Jonathan

    He was such an expert that he tied us up in a useless war for over 10 years. The only doo-doo we're in is crap he left all over the place.

    April 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. hearditall

    And how much of the taxpayer's money was spent on keeping this man alive by giving him a "good" heart that some other well-deserving person missed out on? He really needed the brain.......

    April 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. StreetSmarts

    We're in deep doo doo because we have a president who for 5 years has paid attention to all his "legacy" ideas such as Obamacare and Gun control and has left the steering of the ship to his staff. Bad idea or maybe he wasn't qualified to steer the ship in the first place...

    April 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Mike

    Deep doo doo! Is he trying to be funny or just unprofessional. He was VP at one time?
    Rather harmless compared to some of the stuff Biden says...

    April 10, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. adam101

    I did want to post, but (Steven McConnell's) post is just perfect.
    Of course the U.S is in deep doo-doo Cheney. While North Korea has been publicly and successfully testing nuclear bombs the, morons like Cheney have focused all our energies on chasing down enemies of Israel. Now a potential nuclear threat to the U.S and suddenly congress remembers there are other foreign powers besides Iran.

    April 10, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Hogan's Goat

    All these GOP simpletons want someone to attack the USA because they hope something will go wrong and they can blame Obama again. It's the last thing the GOP voters want, but try telling their bosses that. "Oh no, our voters just love to see their sons packed off to die in a foreign country. See? Weeping with gratitude. You don't get a Silver Star like that every day." Then it's "Why are we not getting the votes? Scare them with Libya some more."

    April 10, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. kitsmom1990

    Ah Steve, how long have you been chomping at the bit to blame the Israelis for this? Lets see, the Israelis are responsible for global warming, moon spots, your dog dying (it's the Mossad, right), they are responsible for those black heliocopters that fly over your house and those pesky voices that you hear warning you of alien invasions. I know a really good Jewish psychiatrist who could help you calm those voices. Truly, I'm worried about you.

    April 10, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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