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. hairyballz

    Is this ol' snag gonna come and re-define the meaning of doo-doo? I think its best he stay home feed the cats and clean up his wife's doo-doo's than getting in to politics once again. Wheve heard of him enough

    April 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. ellid

    @wrickard – in what universe is Richard Cheney a "true leader"? This man is one of the most manipulative, deceitful, nasty men in politics.

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Sn0wjob

    Ugh.. Cheney? We're getting advice from CHENEY?!? Wow.. I knew the GOP was desperate, but this is shameful. Cheney and his lapdog, W., single-handedly brought this country to its KNEES. They left us broke, broken and bathed in the blood of soldiers and innocents. Cheney sickens me. He represents the very WORST of America.

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. quinLee

    anyone ever seen the grinch. all this guy needs is a coat of green.

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. calamity jane

    Sounds like that heart he received from an American soldier killed in Afghanistan is holding up well.

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Is this guy living under a rock ?

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Ed F.

    Slick Dick Cheney has been wrong about everything involving foreign relations.

    April 10, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. FeMaiden

    Frank, ever hear of the Dunning-Kruger effect? You seem to suffer greatly. Study IC21 and how it applied to Iraq. Base your opinions on fact rather than reiterating the rhetoric which the msm deigned to be the truth, the whole truth, etc. at the time. As President Lincoln once said, ""Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    April 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. cobbled-mule

    It's amazing that people aren't accusing Obama of planning the gun violence, so he could change the constitution. I mean that's what people said about Bush and Cheney that they planned the 9/11 attacks so they could get the oil.

    Just saying.
    Not that I agree with that.

    April 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. NameRafa

    Who is paying attention to this guy!!!He and Bush almost drived us to the catástrofe !!!!

    April 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Ken in Tn

    To what can we thank Chaney? A 10 yr needless war costing billions of dollars and thousands of our veterans lives not to mention to many thousand more that are scared for life. Chaney belongs in prison.

    April 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Anti-Cheney

    Cheney's "doo doo" quote will be his eternal legacy. It says a lot about his contribution to our government and our place in the world today. If we are in deep doo-doo, he is the animal that produced it. Thanks DICK.

    April 10, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. feckless

    When did N. Korea develop nuclear weapons? ON CHENEY'S "WATCH".


    Why is Dick Cheney on CNN and not in Jail?

    April 10, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Bill

    Is the GOP so devoid of leadership that they need to bring back Cheney to feed them this "doo-doo" line which it appears they gobbled up? I can not think of anything that I would trust him with. Over all Cheney gives me the impression that he views war as a business where most of Americans view war as a last resort. We have wasted so much of our resources and the lives of fellow Americans because of people like him. He needs to go and if he hangs around the GOP tent then there will be very few under that tent. Some people have no shame.

    April 10, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Bobpitt

    Why doesn't GW Bush talk to Cheney? not a word since departing the White house..?
    Can Cheney explain that?

    April 10, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. bectes

    Wrickard has it right. I would be grateful to have someone of Dick Cheney's intelligence in the White House as opposed to the plagerist, cheshire cat Joe Biden that is in there now.

    April 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. RickC

    If by DooDoo you mean spending billions fighting the wrong country for zero gain and having limited resources to fight real threats, then yes we are in deep DooDoo. Thanks Cheney. Great service you did this country.

    April 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Dano

    Cheney is the last guy (well maybe other than Rumsfeld) qualified to give advice on dealing with a dictator who is hostile to America. We all know what his solution will be: attack them just in case they may someday decide to attack us. That and to lower tax revenue during a time of war, because "deficits don't matter".

    April 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Carabec

    Cheney, Patriot and Statesman!

    April 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. James

    Let me get this straight Mr. Cheney, while you were constantly mouthing off about dangers of the axis of evil which included North Korean you and you incompetent buddies like Bush and Rice did nothing about North Korea even though they bragged about having nuclear weapons, but instead you losers fabricated evidence against a nation that did not have weapons. I think it is time to call a spade a spade and a fool is a fool.

    April 10, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. =0

    If Cheney and Palin were in power, we'd be in the middle of WWIII. Shoot, Aim, Ready!

    April 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. matthew

    Oh, deep doo-doo, huh? What do you suggest Mr. Cheney, perhaps an invasion? Well, what war contractor would you suggest, perhaps Haliburton?

    April 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. WakeUpUSA

    You're in deep doo doo because Obama dropped the ball on North Korea. This administration have focussed on Iraq, the politically disastrous 'Arab Spring' [much vaunted by Obama and Clinton] and Afghanistan so they have no CLUE about what's been happening in NK over the last 4-5 years. There's very little Intel because nobody's bothered looking; now NK have you blindsided.
    This crisis reflects very badly on Obama and his team.

    April 10, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Vince

    Maybe we should just attack them first. We could always pay for the war by cutting taxes at the same time. That works right?

    April 10, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. kitty

    Well, you know if Cheney says it, it must be true! He's probably planning a strategy right now on how to get his "clean up" crew into North Korea after the bombs start exploding so he can make mega-mllions!

    April 10, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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