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. Laurie in Spokane

    Who the hell cares what Cheney has to say? He belongs in Jail, along with Bush, Rove and Rumsfeld. I wouldn't cross the street to shake his hand, and If somehow I did shake his hand, I'd have to wash it immediately.

    April 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. weneedrubio

    This country needs serious people like Dick Cheney to bring us back to the leadership position we had before Obama began, as early as 2002, destroying us. His presidency and the years leading up too it have brought us to the edge of destruction and made us susceptible to damage from a puny, arrogant , tin pot dictator as insignificant as Kim Jung Un. What a disgrace he is and the hateful liberal comments here are telling, telling of your insanity driven by hatred that is the basis of Obama's power. Hatred can only lead to further destruction.

    April 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Rob

    His Intelligence level is twice that of Obama, we will see how Obama reacts to North Korea. S Hussein was out of power and on the run within days, not sure that will happen with Obama in charge

    April 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Jack Straw

    He's only still on earth because Hell doesn't want him.

    April 10, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Skalamoosh

    Wow, what hateful comments on here! You would think this is a story about bin Laden or something? And these comments coming from those claiming to be all accepting, all-equal, and love for all... wow.

    April 10, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. PushingBack

    I hope he enjoys the heart the taxpayers bought for him. Too bad it was three sizes too small!

    April 10, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Panama Ray

    Who cares any more what this war criminal has to say!–He should just say "Good Bye"–and take his daughter with him.

    April 10, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Bennycat

    If America is in deep doo-doo, Dick Cheney is part of the deep doo-doo America is in. (Love the comment about the taxidermist.)

    April 10, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Awabnavi

    Why is the US so afraid of NK but was not afraid of Iraq or Iran or Libya or Afghanistan for that matter? LOL!

    April 10, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Name

    Hey road rage 1. How did Cheney protect us from terrorism? He was the VP when terrorist flew planes into the WTC. Lets go to war is the republican way as long as their kids stay home.

    April 10, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Erik

    Agreed, Larry; a completely useless article. "Cheney in good health and is as informed as everyone else about North Korea."

    April 10, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. wade

    You know the headline made it sound like Cheney was saying the GOP is in Deep Do do when in fact he is saying America is in deep do do./ CNN never fails to mislead.

    April 10, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Liz

    An adult? Give me a break. An adult war criminal would be more like it. That whole bunch should have been tried for the lie they perpetrated in Iraq. Have you forgotten the "weapons of mass destruction" war dance. No one should go to this horrible man for advice nor pay any mind to the hatred he spew. He di d not keep this country safe . He and the rest of the gang all should be tried for war crimes. Cheney made millions off the "war on terrrorism:" He did not deserve a second heart.

    April 10, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. wrickard

    The most knowledgeable politician of the last 30 years, a true leader, so much more than the lightweights of today, we see how far the country has fallen the last four years and getting worse, it would be nice to have someone close to Cheney's intelligence in the mix, very scary how our foreign policy has deteriorated with no weight at all to slow any of the countries from causing high energy prices and chaos in our financial sectors. Pitiful the direction our country has turned tom,very sad indeed.

    April 10, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. EchoChamber

    Cheney has no creditability. NONE!!!!

    I just watched "The World According to Dick Cheney" on showtime.

    He guy thinks he did a great job and wouldn't change a thing he did when he was VP.

    That's all you need to know.

    April 10, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Steven Colo

    The GOP needs to be very careful not to make it look like they're listening to this guy.

    April 10, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Ron

    Now here's a guy we should be listening to. Based on his foreign policy successes in both Iran and Afghanistan, he is showing his street cred to the Reubllicans because they're the only people that will listen to him.

    April 10, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Capt. Nemo

    Let's see if Cheney gets this one right. If he's wrong again, that should just about destroy what little credibility he has left.

    " belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." 2003

    "We know where they (WMD) are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." 2003

    "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." 2005

    April 10, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Stevel

    @roadrager1 ...... The towers got hit on his watch, he did not keep us safe, he put us in harms way

    April 10, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Jay

    Why would anyone care about this lying criminals opinion.
    And why hasn't the media exhaustively investigated if someone else died because he got the transplanted heart without waiting in line on the transplant list ?

    April 10, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. james

    Do we have to listen this kind of trash mumbling for more?
    He failed Iraq war but successful with Halliburton.

    April 10, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Biglansing

    Why does anyone listen to Mr. Cheney? He has never been right about anything!

    April 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    Perhaps instead of posting your little diatribe about this person who had an 18% approval rating as being 'the strongest VP we ever had', you should maybe look at a little history (though it isn't even considered history, per se'). DICK cheney openly confessed on camera to breaking the international treaty (Geneva Convention) by ordering torture. After WWII there were Japanese Ofifcers who were put to death after being tried and convicted for torture (they waterboarded). DICK cheney admitted to ordering the same and IS considered a War Criminal in several countries. He cannot enter Spain as he has warrants for his arrest on this. If you watched anything but FAUX news, you'd also know that within the last couple of years he had to cancel a trip to Canada due to the fears he would would incite riots and the REAL possibility he would be arrested on the War Crimes he DID commit (admitted to it, buddy). So wake up and face reality... this guy should be turned over by us to face trial for his crimes and show the world we really are the Good Guys who just made a mistake by allowing this clown and his puppet (dubya') to steal an election and take us off course. I guess them wearing cowboy hats threw you off, huh?

    April 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. TireuxDeRoche

    "Deep doo doo"

    This alone clearly illustrates how complex this guy is. He was an embarrassment to our nation and should quietly fade away.

    April 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Awabnavi

    The US is so afraid of NK but was not afraid of Iraq or Iran or Libya or Afghanistan for that matter, WHY? LOL! Casn anyone guess?

    April 10, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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