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. emathie

    Just thinking out loud here. Is there any way to identify people to whom you don't want your organs to go on the donor card?

    April 10, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. tribecagal

    Cheney would love to see the US get involved in yet another military conflict. More money for Haliburton, more money for him.

    April 10, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. rick in Texas

    really "Truth Hurts" Obama weak??? are you living under a rock!! It was Bush who said Osam Bin Laden didnt matter to him(weak retoric). It was Obama who promised to pursue Bin Laden until he was brought to justice.....No thats MISSION ACCOMPLISHED(unlike Bushes utterance of those very same words TEN YEARS TOO SOON.)

    April 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. JohnRJohnson

    I was going to make a comment here, but it seems that everything that needs to be said about Dick Cheney has already been said dozens of times.

    April 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Did he really use the word "doo doo"?!?!? I'm having a flashback to George Bush days!!

    April 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. palintwit

    So when is all that Iraq oil money going to start pouring in?

    April 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Ricky Gibson

    Just remember, guns don't shoot people.

    DIck Cheney does.

    April 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |

    You have got to be kidding. Cheney, I think you are smoking something, that you shouldn't be especially at your age.

    April 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. George Butshch

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you not supposed to wear Cowboy Hats in Congress?

    It's disrespectful to wear any kind of hats in Congress, actually. They tried to persecute a Senator from Illinois a couple years back for doing the same thing (hearing a Hoodie). Saying it was disrespecful. Why the double-Standard?

    April 10, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Independent of Liars

    Yeah...He said the same thing about Iraq

    April 10, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. edwoodjr

    Great, he's still around commenting on war policy? We ARE in deep "doo doo"!!!!!!

    April 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Howie Feltersnatch

    This is really great news. I was starting to worry about the NKorea situation, but since Cheney said we're in deep doodoo and he's never been right about anything, I guess it'll be alright.

    April 10, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Danno

    No one on Earth is more well-versed on doo-doo than Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. SCBAMA

    Just what part of his comments do any of you commies take issue with? None of you say.

    April 10, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. sureeen

    In 2002, Bush labeled Iraq, NK and Iran, "the axis of evil".. 11 years later, one of them is blowing up. Surprised? As you sow..

    April 10, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. god....

    if only he had never existed. I mean Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. cheney =

    war criminal

    April 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. OnToThem

    the lowest of scum speaks - and like a two year-old

    why isn't this criminal in prison?

    April 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I wonder how many people here, spouting the talking points about Cheney, voted for the gaffe machine Joe Biden. Remember how he said we should partition Iraq into three sections? Oh, and by the way, weren't the Democrats in favor of the Iraq war also? Yeah, that's what I thought.

    April 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. RDF

    Dick Cheney was the last adult we had as a vice president.

    April 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Joe Blow

    Well, Dick, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you let North Korea develop nukes when you were in office? You reigned on Clinton's successful Agreed Framework, you pushed NK into a more aggressive nuke program, and you added them to the axis of evil, giving them more reason to develop nukes.

    Sure, I understand, you were busy lying about a justification for war in Iraq, but a nuclear NK is on you, pal.

    April 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Trapper MD

    ...conservatives...the lights are on, but none can spell...

    April 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Doug Marcum

    Taking advice about possible warfare from a war criminal is just bad business. If the GOP wants to put Cheney, Bush, Rummy or Rice up on some pedestals let them go right ahead. It'll remind everyone just what that crowd and the Republican majority in Congress at the time did to us. Time to put that party out until the nutcases are thrown out of it.

    April 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. roccotool

    Notice the intelligence from the Bush administration, compared to the stup1dity from this incompetent regime. I'm sure Kerry is already looking for a video when Korea launches a missile into the ocean. Of course, what does it matter if Americans get killed, like Hillary says?

    April 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. citizen earth

    Which means, of course, we should start a war and funnel billions of dollars to Halliburton and Cheney's other friends.

    April 10, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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