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. Big Al

    Dick Cheney is the greatest Vice President of the United States! Massive tax cuts, 2 unpaid wars, and a prescription drug benefit that cost way more than was estimated has not added $1 to the deficit. It's all Democrat propaganda. George W. Bush is greater than George Washington, Abe Lincoln and FDR.

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Obama-Bin-Lyin

    Cheney is correct once again.

    April 10, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Jimh77

    Does anyone really care what this man thinks? I sure do not after all the lies and lives lost because of him. He should be in prison.

    April 10, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Gen3

    Cheney + Wolfowitz + Perle + Lindsey Graham + John McCain = America in perpetual war

    April 10, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. iamnotresponsible

    I smell regime change

    April 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. edzepp

    Too bad the GOP leadership stills feel compelled to patronize a disgraced politician whose extraordinary arrogance and bad judgement resulted in thousands of Americans killed needlessly and another trillion dollars or so in debt. This guy should be in prison. And the blind nitwits that still think he "saved us from terrorists" should be the first ones drafted for the next invasion under false pretenses. .

    April 10, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. harold

    Cheney is no longer in office. He was a buffoon then and he is a buffoon now.
    This man's advice is meaningless, unless it's intended to put cash into his own wallet.

    April 10, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Food for thought

    Cheney is evil look at that grin – he loves it America is hurting – as do the republicans....
    That is because China has been creating drones now, and ramping up their military as well. Wonder if they will back NK ???

    We wouldnt be in deeep do do if cheny didnt rob America blind.

    April 10, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. fabian gonzalez

    Dick Cheney is an evil man and he preys on people's stupidity and fears of other people; what does he mean you never know what the leader of N. Korea is thinking? Who in the world knows what anybody else is thinking except themselves? So what is he saying? That he can read minds except for those that don't agree with his? Evil can get you a lot further than intelligence in today's political spectrum!

    April 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Pam from Iowa

    Cheney is a has-been nothing whose opinion means nothing but doo doo!!
    He is jumping up and down hoping there is a major conflict so Haliburton can get even more no-bid contracts to do shoddy work!
    Does anyone give a rats butt what this war-mongering traitor says??????

    April 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. JD

    Half of the foreign policy decisions of the Bush-Cheney administration were based on lies, the other half were based wrong assumptions or ignorance. I guess it pretty much summarizes the republican party to see them taking his advice.

    April 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. The King

    If dick cheney says "we're in deep doodoo" then we must be doing extremely well. Very reassuring.

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Fsjunkie

    If "deep doo doo" qualifies as the sharing of "insight" and "experience", I've got a wealth of both to share. No kidding, we're in deep doo doo, and Bush put us here, betting all of our marbles and credibility on WMD in Iraq. What capable nation on Earth wouldn't seek nukes in this Bush era?

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. jj2

    I wonder if Darth Cheney would enlighten us as to how he knows Kim "does not share our worldview".

    Oh maybe he uses his powers with the dark side of the force.

    Why does CNN, or anyone for that matter, pay attention to this clown? He's an embarrassment to the United States of America.

    Go back to your hidey hole, Dick. Nobody cares what you think.

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. marjorie

    Deep doo-doo? Someone should tell him he's not talking to W anymore.

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. beevee

    Why does the medi even bother to relay anything this crook has to say, especially about the war preparations of N.Korea. He should shut up and not make any comments about the N.Korean situation and let the world leaders and administration hacle it as appropriate.

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. ray

    plain and simple, these terrorists on the right cant stand the blackman in the white house doing a better job than they did . america are going around the world killing terrorists when the real terrorists are in congress on the right and around the country.

    April 10, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. janet

    I would trust Dick Cheney with our security than the two Bozo's we have now. Wheres the next party Joe? Is Jay Z or Stevie in da house....

    April 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Someone got it right. That taxidermist did a fairly good job – he looks almost human.

    April 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Day

    The man is a first class crook and most of the world knows it! He should have been put in jail and would have been had he been in another country other than the US.

    April 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Kathy

    I miss Cheney' strong leadership so bad right now. We used to have adults as leaders, now we have the Glee club.

    April 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. tk

    What are you all thinking ...lets just have our current VP shoot his shotgun off his deck and scare south korea ....he is so much smarter.

    April 10, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Marlowe

    We are in deep doo doo because of you boo. Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a surplus of money to a deep deficit deep doo doo just shut it Dick, just please die, please go away leave humanity alone.

    April 10, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Gregg

    Why is he even relevant? This man is a great example of how to use the US Treasury as your personal vehicle to make cronies and your company rich. Shameless example of the greed and lack of personal responsibility that weakened this Nation.

    April 10, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Keep Colorado Blue

    No Dick, YOU got us deep in do-do.

    April 10, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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