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. G. herold

    bearitstromg, cheney is a serial liar, and a coward. period.

    April 10, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Brad Pitt

    If anyone knows "deep doo-doo" it's Dick Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Big Mack Tonight

    "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." – B.

    + the oil and fuel used by all the vehicles, planes, copters, etc... = More $$$ in Mr. Halleburton's pockets of which none will go back into our economy.

    April 10, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Tom

    Wow, Cheney's vocabulary has increaded. Wonder who taught him the word deep?

    April 10, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. dsangiovanni

    Every time he open his mouth we are in big doo-doo. We do not want , but we can smell it !!

    April 10, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. UNICORN10

    All we know for certain is that N.Korea is displaying suicidal tendancies.

    April 10, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Richard

    Cheney is an expert at creating do-do, look at the messes he made around the world. CNN should be ashamed for even bothering to report on this out-of-touch, never served in the military, megalomaniac who made the US a second rate country!

    April 10, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Koolaidcausescancer

    More LOVE and Peace from the Left on display for all.

    April 10, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. morpheus1459

    But what "if" he's right ? There are a lot of countries that have someone with a shaking finger on a button.

    The cold war exited..... now we have the whose going to blink first war upon us.

    April 10, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. RockyM

    Cheney was/is a good man needed at a tough time. We were lucky to have him and Bush for 8 years. Most of libs posting here would have no clue how to defend this country...just like Obama!!!!

    April 10, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. cd

    What little this wise man has forgotten is more than double what Obama will ever know about protecting this Nation.

    April 10, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. hank durica

    You never know what he is thinking. We know what your thinking, Halliburton's stock is going to go up, and so is old Blackwater's. We can only make billions and billions if there is a war, let's shock and aw them too. If there is no real enemy let's create one, that is how I make lots of money.

    April 10, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. C'mon Son

    Cheney is doing naked jumping jacks at the thought of a new war. War Profiteering scum.

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

    Really!!!? Mr Cheany!???? You invaded a country that had no WMDs and let a country that told anyone who would listen that it had and would use them off with stern words. We are in deep doo-doo because of you-you.

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

    I'm not a fan of the last Presidential Administration since they made the US look so damn bad and embarrassed us so much that this current Administration cannot get anything done in time to appease the masses. But it really doesn't make much sense that we practically destroyed Iraq overnight after only a mild "HINT" of WMDs (which were never confirmed or found), but here we have N. Korea shouting that they are going after them and flaunting it, and we do nothing. Isn't that kind of backwards where our foreign policy is concerned?

    April 10, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Gina

    Talk about a credibility gap!!

    April 10, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Really?

    Cheney needs to go back home and sit in his rocker on the front porch. He was a complete failure as VP and is an even worse interloper.

    April 10, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Richard cranium

    There's a special little place waiting for you, Mr. Cheney, upon your passing. Bring comfy clothes, it is quite warm there..You might know some of the people already...Nixon, Westmoreland, Lucifer

    April 10, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. rob

    funny how all the worlds problems seemed to be blamed on Bush and Cheney............ when the nukes are being lobbed at the US...... we best hope Obama knows where his football is!

    April 10, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. mo

    "Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn’t share the United States worldview"

    Correct me if I'm wrong, did the world share Bush and Cheney's worldview?

    April 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Cheney should know all about doo-doo, since he's a POS. Can't we send him and Bushy Jr. over to N. Korea and let them all fight it out?

    April 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Ned

    Like him or not, Cheney was infinitely better than Biden and Obama for that matter. You can disagree with his policy and politics but you knew where he stood and he did what he thought he had to to keep us safe. Look at Biden, he is an incredible bufoon and spews all kind of rhetoric to fire up his base but there is absolutley no substance to the man. Yes, in Hindsight many things could have and should have been done differently, but that is always the case and it's funny how everyone an expert after the fact?

    April 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. jllsppw

    If you going to say something then say it, or don't open your yap at all... This entire story is stupid.

    April 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. ERKO

    Didn't this man shoot someone, a friend? Why would I listen to ANYTHING this guy says.

    April 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. JC

    Ah good old cowboy Dick. The 43rd President of these United States.

    April 10, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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