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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soundoff (1,614 Responses)
  1. C'mon Son

    Jim in Florida – Leadership like your boys gave us on September 11th? the War in Iraq?

    April 10, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Miss Demeanor

    The 'genius' at foreign policy who convinced Dimwit Dubbya to destroy Iraq without a follow-up plan... which wasted thousands of lives... who will ever know how many billions/trillions of taxpayer dollars, and amplified Iran's regional influence... is offering 'wisdom'? Dick indeed.

    April 10, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Brian Smith

    So Cheney, the guy who has been wrong every single time, says we're in trouble? LOL... ok then.

    April 10, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Dave

    Who cares what voodoo Dick says anyway? I thought/hoped he left the stage in 2009.

    April 10, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. bk

    maybe tricky dick will travel to NK to locate WMDs....oh wait, thats right, he can never travel overseas again because he is a war criminal and has warrants out for his arrest....this Dick would pick a fight with his own mother if he thought it would get him a media interview. STFU and go away Dicky poo...the thousands of disabled American veterans that you sent to IRAQ by your lies and the rest of the world had enough of you. History will judge you as the worst vp ever, God will not be so kind....

    April 10, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. mindcrime

    Of course we're in deep doo-doo, it's the only way you'll make money, Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Huffhines

    Let's keep in mind that Cheney's Haliburton made over 30 billion over the course of the Iraq War.

    April 10, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. joe

    Thanks were there when Halliburton and B& R stole my inheritance in 1959. Thanks a lot for screwing up my adult life. Rot in hell you hypocrite, go right along with that senile old fool John McCain and George Boozer Bush

    April 10, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Peter

    That's great he mentioned his experience dealing with Saddam. Absolutely nothing went wrong with that situation!

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

    We're in deep doo doo because we have our third string in the game. Obama is a community organizer who hasn't run a lemonade stand, Hagel is an ex-senator who has not run anything even a fraction of the size of our DOD. If this escalates we'd better hope we have the proper resources available and in place.

    April 10, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. BerryBlack

    I see some of these republican responses about this matter. Its one thing to be loyal and other to be just blindly stupid. 1) There was a regime change not Obama's fault. 2) You forget the quagmire we were in with Iraq, yeah that was Bush/Chaney thing 3) How come every time something bad happens in the world its Obama's fault. That is Korea, China's baby brother Anyone who knows anything about foreign policy knows we have no control over them and I sincerely wouldn't suggest bickering with China or starting a war with them.Yes know they have a little BOM and they are getting a little out of control but Obama's fault really. As for Chaney, he is a great man for over stating the obvious, really? If that impresses you then, I suppose you could be entertained for hours by a windmill. By the way I am neither Repub or Dem cant stand either of you but I just observe somethings on both sides.

    April 10, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Fupped Duck

    We need another Dick & Bush in the white House.
    Shoot any of your friends lately?

    April 10, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. kurt

    When did this man EVER use intel?????

    April 10, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. wade moran

    I love it when Cheney gets media coverage, if for no other reason than to torment the pee-brained, lap-dog liberal lemmings

    April 10, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Namejoe

    and to elaborate, he probably said bring lots of toilet paper and body bags. what a jerk. also needs brain transplant.

    April 10, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. SAM

    How this man ( cheney) is not in prison for war crimes is beyond me.

    April 10, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. snafie

    Conservative Republican here. Gotta be honest – I supported W, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest on the decision to go into Iraq at the time, for one reason: We hired them to make these tough calls AND be privy to classified info to make those calls. I felt we had to give them the tools and let them do the jobs they were hired to do; and no jobs are tougher.

    Having said that ...

    The fact there were no WMDs in Iraq made the decision to go in a screw up of immesurable proportion.
    The fact that their message on the "mission" changed on a dime from WMDs to "liberation" moved the discussion from screwing up to deliberate deceit.
    The fact that the private sector partner was Halliburton, on an exclusive bid (no competition, no free market – guess those rules apply only when it suits them) moved the discussion from deceit to something at least shady. (don't want to use the C-word; I don't have the evidence to use the word outright – but the trail sure stinks)

    Mr. Vice President, Mr. President, Mr. Secretary, you flat out lied to the American people. Then, once caught, you changed the rules of the mission to something you could argue was a "success",hoping no one would notice, That compounds a lie with an insult to our intelligence.

    This conservative Republican can't remember supporting a presidential candidate more enthusiastically than John Kerry – not because I agreed with him, but because there was at least a chance I could trust him.

    And now Cheney returns to impart his wisdom? Take the advice if it will help the country i guess, but filter it through a heavy dose of "what could possibly be in it for him". Fool me once ...

    April 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Name. rz

    This isn't a man I want giving advice to leaders. Liar is to kind of word.

    April 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. jim

    Cheney has never looked really good, nor has he spoken clearly.

    April 10, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Brian Smith

    Ah! Words even those in Congress can understand. And yes, "Depp doo doo" is in fact, the 'technical term'.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Dan L

    Too bad we have children in charge in Washington DC. Hopefully we will have adults elected in 3 more years.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Voolfie Blitzaghhh

    Words of wisdom from the Traitor who ordered the STAND DOWN on 911 from The White House Bunker . See Transportation secretary Norman Minetta's 911 commission video testimony for yourself ... if you dare.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    America is in deep decline.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. shut your pie hole

    I don't recall this pwer-behind-the-throne of the worst presidency since Jimmy Carter (hey thanks for a needless Iraq war that blew trillions and sent our economy into the Great Recession, dick) getting N. Korea to change in ANY way whatsoever. Shut your pie-hole, dick.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Richard Broullon

    Spoken like a true draft dodging, cowboy hat wearing, war monger who shot his own friend liar. Why would any thing he said, matter to anyone other than the Republican party.

    April 10, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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