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. TexaSam

    But The Dick did so much & worked so hard to prevent North Korea from completing their ICBM program when he was president, er, I mean VP, right? If only that dang Iraq didn't jump in front of his car & demand his immediate attention.

    April 10, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. smokeee

    he is so schizophrenic paranoid to a fault, especially when he talks about not sharing our same ideologies like that makes them automatic enemies we should blow up, its amazing how much power he had at one point. After watching that documentary its unbelievable how much George W Bush took a backseat or Cheney, who seemingly ran the White House under his nose.

    April 10, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. realtexas

    Whatever we have to do, let's not do what Cheney did when he was President, I mean Vice President. He (they) took NK of their dangerous country list and reistated their bank accounts. It's not an easy problem to solve and we should all keep that in mind when we're criticizing the President.

    April 10, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. SatelliteSteve*

    Since we all Cheney for what he is(remember Halliburton), it should come as no suprise for him to start up his war mongering ways again. I'm sure he said "deep shit" but you can't print that. He's more than likely afraid that a missle may blow up near near one of his exotic getaways and the electromagnetic pulse may kill his pacemaker. Wow. Dick. Now you pay for shooting a fellow hunter. Carma sucks huh buddy?

    April 10, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. strangerq

    North Korea gained atomics on his watch while he was busy digging for wmd's in Iraq.

    He is a war criminal and a fool.

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. BSimpson

    Wow, "...Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview." if that's a scoop, make mine vanilla!

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. charlene

    yeah like in iraq time ,,,what happen now???

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. fastrack

    Carabec: Dick Cheney is a Patriot and a Statesman.


    If there are more like, you, Carbec, this entire country is in deep doo-doo. Cheney is an egocentric war-monger, neither trait has any place in Patriotism or Statesmanship. Look up the definitions before you start putting respectable labels on a man who betrayed his own country for the money and power he and his 'partners' could make from it.

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    @LWJR At least President Obama was elected by a vote of the people and not a one vote majority in the SC.
    And while we are on the subject... what are cheney and dubya' if not idealogues of the worst kind. At least Obama's ideas don't kill 100's of thousands of innocent people.

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. LalaOlala

    I wonder why he didn't say " we are deep in doo doo" when we went to war in Iraq..

    April 10, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Matthew

    Why would we listen to him? Anybody who continues to support and associate with the former Bush administration is saying to the American public, "I don't care about the countless lives ruined or lost based on the lies told by these people." The fact that the Republican Party is listing to these people is disturbing. I'm a registered Republican and this, among many other, is the reason I have lost all faith in my party. Ten years ago Cheney, Bush, Powell and the like flat out lied to us and the world about Iraq. They saw an opportunity after 9/11 to manipulate us so that they could finish what Bush Sr. didn't, and they used it to the fullest extent. Now they all are writing books saying things like, "When I found out there were no WMDs I felt sick in my stomach"(Bush). And Cheney makes excuses saying they truly felt they were right. How can they expect anyone to believe a word they say after what they caused? Yet thousands of Americans do. What makes me sick to my stomach is that they are still allowed to be involved in the political scene and haven't been tried in open court for at a minimum perjury if not crimes against humanity; yeah all politicians lie but these people lied to create a war which cost thousands of our countrymen and women their limbs, sanity and lives. Now it's all okay. Now we just buy into they saying "We messed up, sorry." What if al Qaeda said "Sorry, we messed up on 9/11, didn't mean to murder all those innocent people" or if Miloslavich said the same about the war he caused? Would that give them a free pass? I think not. Wake up GOP, you've made yourselves into a national disgrace.

    April 10, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. wjm

    Everybody should trust this guy, I mean he only shot his neighbor in the face once. He didn't deserve to survive the surgery. Cheney wants his precious. This is the guy that cost the country thousands of lives and billions of dollars, maybe they can show him around come election time next year, it would do wonders for the republicans. Idiots!

    April 10, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Cheney is in deep doo doo. He will go down in history as the worst Vice President ever. He & the Repubs keep trying to push us into war. So Obama can screw up like Bush & Cheney..Cheney, do domething constructive with your life,
    now that you got your new heart & the best of care, paid for by the citizens of the good old USA. Show that you care.

    April 10, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Step Out of the Bubble


    Such nasty comments from low info voters on Cheney. He kept you safe from Terrorist

    Well, except for that once, the worst attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor. Tell that to the families of the almost 3000 killed on Cheney's watch. Such an ignorant comment from a NO information voter.

    April 10, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Kenny B

    Great news! Now we can relax about the threat from NK! My reason for good cheer is the established fact that Cheney has NEVER been right about any matter of foreign affairs. Seriously, it is uncanny how he can never be right...

    April 10, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. ThinkerNJ

    Hmmm. What does Justin Bieber say about this situation? (His opinion is as relavent as Cheney's).

    April 10, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Really

    Deep doo doo?

    Is that Cheney speak for "we might get into another war, and me and my cronies will get even richer?"

    April 10, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. RA

    Its a good thing a democrat is in office then. Democrats have a great war track record for being the party that typically opposes war. Probably something about being passive aggressive.

    April 10, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Burka Lifter

    He's a chickenhawk, and a poor excuse for an American.
    His acumen on global issues has been proven without question to be non existant.

    He should be tried for war crimes, and put in jail.

    April 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. cleareye1

    Cheney is a nice example of a bewilderingly ignorant man successfully posing as a contributor to national affairs. No single individual can be held more responsible for what has gone wrong in this country during his life in politics. He is a truly soulless man.
    Benedict Arnold is a war hero compared to Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Brian from CO

    The weekly House GOP whip meeting could use some better guests.

    April 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Katie

    Isn't Cheney a riot?? He should be happy as a clam that the US is facing another possible conflict – the money from Haliburton will keep him in new heart-parts for another fifty years!!

    April 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Bill

    Keep bringing up the WMD in Iraq lie. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton, Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, Madeline Albright, Al Gore, Sandy Berger, Nancy Pelosi, all said Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." Long before W was elected POTUS.

    April 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. abbydelabbey

    How about we send Cheney to NK to solve the problem - oh, I forgot he can't leave the country - hmmmm - the World Court might grab him ...

    April 10, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. toledofan

    The left and those who think that Cheney was the problem are not only delusional but actually quite pathetic. The bottom line is that we were safer then than now, there was no Benghazi, no Arab spring, and Iran and North Korea were contained. But, because, Cheney is a man of action and he tried, along with Bush, to keep the bullies from getting their feet in the door. 911 was a response to the same passive attempts by Clinton, remember the crusie missle that killed the janitor in Iraq.

    April 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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