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. dr

    Cheney licking his lips at the prospect of another war induced windfall for Haliburton.

    April 10, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. daniel edwards

    I thought Nixon was a bad vice president, but Cheney tops the list. What a waste.

    April 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. philhuggins

    Can't we just ask Cheney to take Un hunting? Nothing like a face full of birdshot to shut up a puppet.

    April 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Stephen

    Cheney advised not to “eliminate any possibility.” This is so profound. I can see why he was so easily and often spoofed on SNL. He's a spoof of himself.

    April 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. frank thomas

    cannot one our drones find fatso and his so-called generals and just eliminate him, how hard would that be. Follow the money trail and we would find out who is behind all this blather.

    April 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. bppack

    so the best thing republicans could say about Cheny was that he was lucid/ well, come to think of it, that IS an improvement.

    April 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Dick Smegma

    We will, eventually have to nuke Iran.
    Hopefully this fat little tinpot will realize that a real attack will destroy him and his worthless country.

    April 10, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. chris

    you people are so stupid. Do you think Iraq did not know that they would be wiped out if they went against us, but they did it anyway. What many of you clueless lefty morons may have forgotten or chosen not to know is that when Iraq signed a ceasefire to end the first war they agreed to a no fly zone and weapons inspections. I can tell you (I was in the Navy and served in the gulf) not a week went by where Iraqi anti air guns and missiles did not shoot at our jets patrolling the no fly zone. Isn't that provocative? And he did not allow unhindered weapons inspections, which he agreed to. He broke the ceasefire agreement. But according to you lefty retards, it was about about bush and oil and haliburton blah blah blah. Now, Cheney says we need to watch out for NK, and you imbeciles say that he wants another war. It sounds to me that NK are the ones who want another war.

    April 10, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. California Gary

    @roccotool..........putting the word 'intelligence" in the same sentence as the "Bush administration" is a major blunder on your part. Those two do not fit well together........if the Bush administration had possessed any actual intelligence, we never would have gone into Iraq. And had they actually paid attention to the intelligence they did get, they may have been able to avert 9-11 altogether. They had "guts", I'll give them that.....unfortunately it was all guts and no brains.

    April 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. ray

    dick is terrorists number one............................cheney should be on the F.B.I most wanted list

    April 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. LibTardsSwallow

    Funny how you libs attempt to re-write history. All of your liberal gods in the Congress voted to approve the war. They had the same intelligence information that the Executive branch had. Our allies thought the same way we did as well. When are you libs going to ask The ONe about gun running with Fast & Furious and the cover up of CIA gun running in Bengazi? Hypocrites much?

    April 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Gma Kim

    Go ahead and believe him. It's not like he lied to us before about needing to go to war. Oh...wait a minute..........

    April 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. jpratt31

    Cheney – Iraq was not the enemy, North Korea is/was. But you couldn't get richer if we invaded North Korea. You're a piece of work, I wish you were in a hole.

    April 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. dick Delson

    This from the idiot who went hunting with a friend and shot the friend.,

    April 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. mike

    I'm curious. He was past the age to get on the transplant list. Where did he get the heart?

    April 10, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. dave

    Shows just how little he knows about Korean culture! It's "You're in deep KIMCHI, round-eyes!"

    April 10, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. tony m.

    Who really cares what this republican trash has to say? He has been a low life cheat as most repukes are all of his life. Go back and hide under your rock. Not worth one dead fly.

    April 10, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Rich

    Can't he just go away?? He's scaring the children.

    April 10, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. UFC iTard

    I'm surprised he's still alive

    April 10, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Vader Hater

    This guy has the balls to talk about "deep do do" after what he and the Bush's have done to the world.

    April 10, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Whammybar

    Tell you what, just send Cheney to North Korea. If he wants to kill people let him go do it himself.

    April 10, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Hogan's Goat

    "Notice the intelligence from the Bush administration?" Nope, it seems to be a deluded old man using kindergarten words to describe international politics. Still hallucinating WMDs, I betcha.

    April 10, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Mike

    We are in less doo doo now than when he and his nitwit boss were in power.

    April 10, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. bigstrike

    Appears obvious to me that most of the posters on this web site, CNN junkies, prove there are more voters than taxpayers.

    April 10, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Randy

    Has anyone told Cheney the dick that he is not relevant anymore?

    April 10, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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