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. Jim Dunleavy

    Why does this criminal still get a platform to speak on anything? If you took another person who lied to Congress, arranged for no bid contracts to companies he formally ran and who still receives prfit from their operation, and promulgated a lie on the Amercian people that resulted in the deaths of thousands of good Americans who wanted to serve their country, would this prson be in jail, on death row? Please, stop giviing this guy the time of day, he does not deserve it

    April 10, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. julie

    ............the devil lives................... what a waste of life on an evil hack.....not worth calling a man

    April 10, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Hogan's Goat

    Either he was lucid, or he was clapping his hands and yelling doo doo. Make up your mind. Put the senile old fart in a home.

    April 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Larry Forrest

    Cheney is great for our country. Who cares what he thinks??

    April 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. awould

    Bush/Cheney didn't seem concerned about N Korea when they went nuclear on their watch. Cheney is a dangerous man and the world would be better off if he would just go away.

    April 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Denmark

    The only person Dick hasn't shot first is the attorney he went hunting with.

    April 10, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    Dire warnings from a chicken hawk who had enough deferments to keep him even sniffing a battlefield. Dick likes to send people to wars but not fight them. As for North Korea, they have a hell of lot more to lose then we do. They know that a war will get them the unified Korea that they hope for but it won't be the one that is led by a socialist regime.

    April 10, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Stomper

    So apparently THE DICK still beats the drum on behalf of the Halliburton war machine?

    April 10, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Emilio Esteves

    Obama is about to start WWIII

    April 10, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Paavo

    It is nothing short of wonderful to read the moronic statements coming from our dishonorable Socialists (aka Democrats, Commi-Libs, Progressives, Independents, Centrists)... Obama's hate America crowd.

    To our Anti-American friends... please keep posting your ignorance. It's great entertainment.

    April 10, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Jim in Florida

    If you want proof that LSD use is high among Generation Zero left wingers all you have to do is read a CNN political comments blog.

    If we have to go to war with North Korea it won't be Cheny's fault, it will be because Obama was too busy getting entertained at the Sequester Soul Show in the White House, a place where the normal American taxpayiong citizen is no longer welcome. In short, Obama will be asleep at the wheel just like he was when our embassy was attacked in Benghazi. Obama barely made the decision to go after Bin Laden, when the experts around him knew full well they had Bin Laden pegged, Obama will fall apart if ever faced with a REAL CRISIS THAT NEEDS A LEADERSHIP DECISION.

    April 10, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Common Sense

    bearitstrong, you are the delusional one because Chaney was part of the problem not the solution. Urging war on unsure information, raking in huge profits from Haliburton and you think he wasn't part of the problem? C'mon man!

    April 10, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Name Skyblue45

    If a No. Korean rep will not maintain a dialogue with the USA, then all we can do is make every effort to watch what they do to make sure we can intervene. It's well known No. Korea does not care about human suffering so I would watch them with that in mind. The young leader is trying to distance himself from his dad, and he doesn't look like the sharpest knife in the drawer. This Dennis Rodman character is not helping-what side is he on? His popularity in the US put him on a level where he can afford to make a big difference. Why doesn't he open a basketball camp for inner city kids?

    April 10, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. anonymous

    Isn't this a repeat of what he advised Bush about Iraq and Saddam?

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Hey I've got a great idea. Lets go ask Cheney what he thinks about the current situation in North Korea. He handled that Iraq thing so well I'm sure he can give us some good advice on how to start an unnecessary war.

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. baron mcdougal

    War criminal? Are we talking about Obama?

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. john

    I scrolled through several pages of posts here. It is clear that Cheney is universally despised and few care about what he has to say. He should just stay in his house like the nit wit Bush does and keep his comments to himself.

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Jim in Florida

    Funny, if you wish Cheney dead, CNN will jump up and post that right away, if you criticize Obama, your comments are stuffed away awaiting moderation that never comes. Censor News Network hard at work.

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. david

    this is the man that shot his own hunting partner at close range, need I say more?

    April 10, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. j brodey

    News flash, we've been in 'deep doo doo' since 2000. And the only thing worth noting here is that Cowboy Dick should be in prison for his crimes.

    April 10, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Postone

    Cheney is a war criminal, a torturer, a Geneva Convention breaker, a U.S. law breaker, a liar, and a sick depraved individual....

    April 10, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. MLQ

    I'm no fan of Obama, but this situation with N. Korea was brewing back when Bush and Cheney could have (at least) tried to address it... before it got to THIS.

    April 10, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. betzthegr8

    Yah we're in 'deep doo-doo' thanks to you Tricky-Dick. Don't think we've forgotten about you. We just don't like to think about you.

    April 10, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Tom B

    I always pay attention whenever war criminals tell us were in deep doo-doo.

    April 10, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. dondijon

    Sat bomb them with KY Jelly and wach the fun... OR... another suggestion might be LOW level flyover with tankers spraying SUPER GLUE, Let them try to shoot that with any standard means of surface to air deterants...I'm sure we can out fly the flames until the vapor is depleated...

    April 10, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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