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. No support

    CNN political ticker staff will allow a thousand comments on Dick the weasel Cheney, but put up an article about McCain and they shut down comments after to post because if the negativity. This happens to be the most censored section of CNN, which is pretty ironic considering it is about politics.

    April 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. smgordon

    Cheney is no statesman nor is he a Patriot. he is a money grubbing bully who when he does not get his way he shoots you in the face with a shotgun. cheney is a corporatewhore of the highest level . he needs a grand maul seisure

    April 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Cheney should be in prison for killing 4,500 Service-members and for corruption. Bush should be with him.

    April 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Nuke 'em.

    April 10, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Thom Nuzum

    Dick Cheney is a war criminal.

    April 10, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Doug Sheppard

    Halliburton must not be getting any of the action for him to say that.

    April 10, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Richardweber

    Thanks Darth, maybe you should send Halliburton to fix the situation.

    April 10, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Joe

    Oh good. The world was very anxious to get Cheney's opinion on this .... not 😉

    April 10, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    This media site deleted my last post because I mentioned their name... I was actually the first to respond to this article not that it really matters!

    Basically I stated that this media outlet probably took Cheney's words out of context and that if they could would probably sell information to North Korea if they could!

    I am not a fan of Cheney's not even a little but what burns me up is when this media outlet keeps posting stuff that makes us look weak when we are not!

    Who cares about North Korea and what they do! Let them try something and find out the hard way that we are not living back in the 1950's! If we play our cards right and take care of North Korea in quick fashion maybe Iran will get the message what it means to mess with the U.S.A. and we can kill two birds with one stone!

    North Korea is probably training for a fight with is by watching reruns of M.A.S.H. and think we sit around drinking Vodka out of home made apparatus and wear women's clothing! The reason they think that is also probably because they just got M.A.S.H. on their televisions and think it is the newest show out!

    I would love to see them launch their missile and after a 10 second flight watch us intercept it and blow it out of the sky!

    April 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    We need mature men in Congress right now like the 50"s and 60's. The tea party Republicans were not even born
    when real men made real decisions. With a nut like this guy in NK we need a congress that will help the President during these times. Maybe if they acted like old time Legislators we could have had many of the plans that the President wanted to implement to cause growth in this economy. Tea Party members grow up you can't always have it your way!

    April 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. the hub

    simple math... they shoot a missile, we take it down. They shoot a missile to the main land, we take it down and disarm the regime in the fast and safest way with the least possible casualties. But, they better think twice, because, we will use are NUKES..............................................................................................................................................................!!

    April 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. jay

    North Korea's like a fly buzzing around you, eventually don't you just get pissed off enough to kill the thing? So why after all this time are we still tolerating this fly?

    April 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. semper fi

    Well I guess you tend to use baby talk when wear diapers.

    April 10, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. GTJohn

    For all you GW haters, 911 was the result of Carter and Clinton not standing up to terrorists.
    Iraqis did see us as liberators but you never got to see the cheering throngs on CNN or the MSM because it did not sit well with their image of what they wanted the world to look like. The only mistake was that we did not occupy Iraq after conquering it. There would be no problem and gas would be under a dollar a gallon.

    April 10, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Joe Rockbottom

    Uh, does cheney realize it was he and Dubya who failed? Will this guy ever get a clue about how utterly incompetent he was and still is? Studies have proven that incompetent people don't know they are incompetent. Cheney is the perfect poster boy for that.

    April 10, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Reasonably

    Why are we listening to this war criminal?

    April 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. FAUXHAWK70

    The U.S.A. is not in deep! North Korea is! -Not a fan of Cheney's at all but he would never state that and I am certain this media outlet took those words out of context!

    April 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. stevetall

    And who would know more about "doo-doo" than the man who helped create it and spent a career sinking America into it? Personally, I've had enough of this moronic war criminal. RIP, Dick!

    April 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. bearitstrong


    "The left and those who think that Cheney was the problem are not only delusional but actually quite pathetic. "

    You don't know what you're talking about... period.

    April 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. B.

    Mr Cheney is drooling all over himself waiting for yet another War to keep all of his buddies in corporations busy producing weapons and also keeping the pentagon up to speed with our biggest money making endeavor, endless War.

    April 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Ralphie

    Cheney manufactures the doo-doo , then sells the doo-doo to whoever is hapless enough to buy it. Probably has Halliburton sell it back to the Federal government at a 300% markup.

    April 10, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Mike

    Ol' "Crooked Mouth" Cheney was in a lot of doo-doo during the Bush administration, helping get us into war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the reasons for invading Iraq was based on nothing but lies. Cheney ought to stuff his mouth shut with some of that doo-doo, because his opinions are meaningless.

    April 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Buck

    Dick "drama queen" Cheney should be on your fecal roster.

    April 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Malory Archer


    Easy enough to judge liberals by their preference for "Smokin'" Joe Biden.


    Sure is! "Smokin" Joe as you call him (no ide why) is a caring, decent human being. deadeye dick is a hateful, lying SOS who doesn't care about anything or anyone but himself and his little core group of likeminded fascists.

    April 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Robbie

    Let's help Cheney with his new wardrobe. Stripes or bright orange! I think orange compliments the horns poking out of his head.

    April 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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