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. TerryD

    "Doo doo"? Classic, detailed analysis by that vampire, draft dodging, chicken hawk.

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

    Does he think NK would even attempt what they're doing if our military wasn't so depleated after two wars for over a decade?

    April 10, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. joe britt

    He got us in the iraq war HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT At least bush keeps his mouth shut this guys a looser

    April 10, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. colt45

    I know no Americans "gettin woodies" over Kim Jong Un. Get real and stop watching Faux News.

    April 10, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. John Ashton

    Dick Cheney, and the Bush administration should be charged with war crimes .

    April 10, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. tas20036

    Been nice if he had said that, oh, about 10 years ago about Iraq, no?

    April 10, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Jeb

    When has Cheney ever been right about anything?

    April 10, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Bill Tendor

    Cheney should know, he is a doo doo expert. For decades now he's proved over and over he is full, heck overflowing doo doo. It would only be to Cheneys advantage to go to war since he would profit tremendously from it. So as far as any readonably thinking person is concerned, anything Cheyney The Penguin War Monguerer says regarding armed conflicts, is fully biased and a bunch of bologna.

    April 10, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. TexaSam

    I think Dick Cheney should take a long vacation in The Netherlands. I hear The Hague is lovely this time of year.

    April 10, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Mouse

    I thought the penguin died in the batman movie

    April 10, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. bayou2

    I see more no bid contracts for the draft dodger.

    April 10, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Chris

    Because of him and his assistant Doo Doo America is now broke and him and his assistant Prez. Doo Doo left the country broke and unemployed while they ran off with the money!!!!!!

    April 10, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Whatawasteofaheart

    Don't you love it when Republicans blather on about how "everyone in Congress voted to go to war in Iraq because the Democrats had the same intelligence that everyone else had"? Good lord, don't you all remember that all that phony evidence about WMDs came from unvetted sources supplied by the War Machine aka Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Halliburton. I know it's a crime to threaten the Vice President, so instead I offer the following PROMISE."If you were gasping for air in front of me, choking on a piece of chicken lodged in your throat, I wouldn't help; I'd be more concerned about that piece of chicken than you, you evil slug. You should be indicted as a war criminal!

    April 10, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Dorothy

    Cheney would know, too. He's been shoveling doo doo for years. As a matter of fact, much of the deep doo doo we're in today is owing to Mr. Dick (Big-dump) Cheney.

    April 10, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Ouch Kim

    So – when NK flies an old airliner (abomb packed) into Inchon for emergency landing & detonation – Obama will be sleeping or campainging? Watch out for wind from the NW.

    April 10, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Doasisaydo

    I am not in fear of North Korea. Once again, this imagined "great leader" is after attention. Unfortunately, he might end up making life hell (as if it's not already) for his people, but we are equipped to handle any missiles he should attempt to fire this way. The GOP are experts at scare tactics. They have been screaming the sky is falling for many years now; remember the speech Bush gave with then Sec. Paullsen? If there is anything that gets the Dick (Cheney) going, its war. He loves and lives for it.

    April 10, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. JASON

    Since no Neocon has yet said it. Let me say it. " If you attack Cheney your are being unpetriotic"

    April 10, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. aCriticalEye

    Oh... this was a GOP thingy. Not like a US thingy, just Good 'Ole boy network of rich guys. I see...
    The Party of NO, Has got to Go!

    April 10, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. spoo

    ooooh, they do not share ther US view of the world, as they must right? ..... then start a war and give the contract to him to run it, that is the real doo doo cowboy way of solving the problems...yeah right

    April 10, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Jack

    CNN actually thinks this pycho maniacal, WMD lying sack, torturer, war criminal, 911 coverup conspirator has any credibility? Peddling him around as a GOP leader. If this is the best you got no wonder you suck co bad.

    April 10, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. rad666

    Hmm wonder how everyone feels about those defence cuts now.

    April 10, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. freedom

    Cheney has more strength and conviction for the good of America in his little finger than Obama has in his entire being. In fact, Obama doesn't have either.

    April 10, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. pedro

    Is Cheney referring to n. Korea or the condition of his aduldt diapers?

    April 10, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Frank

    @Chris...... Name calling never got you anywhere. We know the history of Iraq (the no-flys, the violations. blah, blah, blah) Fact remains, we were lied to by the Bush administration to get us into a war. They knew it. Period. This man is a traitor, plain and simple. He outed a CIA operative, he leaked intelligence, he is a war-profiteer, he lied to start a war that has upset the balance in the middle-east. Calling names (and 8th grade ones at that) does not hide the fact. Perhaps if you were didn't knee-jerk react to every little thing and used what little intelligence you had, you would know this.

    April 10, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. barbra

    I think Dick Cheyney is upset about N.Korera, just as he was with the Iraq war. Only difference is he didn't have enough time to plan for Haliburton's role this time. A profit for Haliburton is a profit for Cheyney. Ta,ta,do,d,

    April 10, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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