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. johnnyDH

    I miss having that guy around...I always knew America would be safe. Now, I highly doubt we are safe. So sad.

    April 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. PhilMckraken

    He outed Valerie Plame, he personally lied about weapons of mass destruction, he's a war criminal, he's a traitor... it makes my day to see a bunch of liberals parroting lies, showing their utter ignorance and freaking out every time this guy name comes up in an article – especially here on CNN, a bastion of liberal groupthink only exceeded by Democratic Underground. The amount of real estate he owns in your heads is shocking. HAHAHA

    April 10, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    With all the American blood on this man's hands, you'd think he be like his co-conspirators Bush and Rumsfeld and be satisfied with enticing idiots to pay $50,000 per speaking/lying engagement. Instead, he continues to spread his venom whenever he can grab an audience.

    One thing about it...He's got one foot in hell and literally dragging the other on the edge closest in. One word for Cheney: D-O-G.

    April 10, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Rick

    Maybe Cheney should take Lil'Kim hunting...

    April 10, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. jesus_loves_you!

    That old clown Cheney – put a fork in him, he's done. That old murdering fart should be swung from a light pole. Give him some of that Saddam action.

    April 10, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Double b

    Look closely at the article photo....that is the face of EVIL incarnate. Responsible more than any other for the needless deaths of thousands of young Americans. Your judgment will come Cheney and it will be YOU who is in "deep doo-doo!

    April 10, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. heh

    This madman and Halliburton have caused more death and suffering than a thousand third world dictators

    April 10, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    LOL. Cheney.. After his success in Iraq, he's full of advice for North Korea. It's a joke, right?

    April 10, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Csharp

    I miss Cheney's clarity and directness. He has no more blood on his hands than the Congress who approved every move and the current POTUS who is thrilled with killing unborn innocents. Oh, and the current POTUS who murders via drone, and murders a la Benghazi, and Fast and Furious...the current teflon President who has worshippers who can only believe he does no wrong. Targeting US citizens is his current project,,something Cheney never did (but Janet Reno did),,,and yet the O-bots scream about Cheney. go back to living in the past. Cheney lives!

    April 10, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Frank

    @ Chris,
    Because we, the French, the Germans all had intelligence that they didn't have WMD's. Only the White House choose not to believe it. And forced their agenda. You don't go to war for firing on jets. Sorry but it's true. If a country did, we be at war with Russia, China and Israel to name a few. And if you remember, we kept racheting up sanctions on them when they did. They were on their lasts gasps when 9/11 occurred and it was an convienent excuse to go in after the dictatorship that tried to kill GW's dad. Had they succeeded that MIGHT have been cause but they didn't but it became personal. Cheney just egged it on to profit.

    April 10, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. jeff feick

    nice to know even on this small stage there is at least one adult in the room. call him what you want but debate on substance and facts and you will lose

    April 10, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Csharp

    Funny how all the Cheney haters choose to slam him here instead of spending their time doing something else. I suppose that's Cheney's fault too.

    April 10, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Csharp


    Hey Cheney nobody cares what you think!! Why don't you go back to being a greeter at Walmart.
    April 10, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Yet here you are Franchise,,,commenting on something you claim to not care about. Is someone forcing you to be here?

    April 10, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. curbcheck


    Of course Cheney wants the U.S. to ramp it up, he gets paid.

    April 10, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Frank

    Ahhh Phil. Choosing to cling to Faux News and the lies they tell. There is a little thing called facts. You may want to look them up sometime. Pretty much everything posted here is the truth. Whether they fit in your tiny brain or not is up to you. You guys always crack me up. You don't even know the difference between a liberal news site (MSNBC) and a Conservative one (Faux News).

    April 10, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. dale

    Chaney's a profiteer–if he can't make money off a war, then it's called "deep-doo doo."

    April 10, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. deejer

    Nice that Cheney is gone. That way we know that the deepest doo-doo is behind us.

    April 10, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. BadPolitx

    Bush is the one who called them part of the Axis of Evil!
    And threw out a treaty proposal Carter had bartered!
    Bush/Cheney screwed up everything they touched.

    April 10, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. rll

    If the previously written comment doesn't pass CNN inspection, then political correctness is just becoming more important than the truth about what these clowns have done to the US....this guy gets a heart transplant?!!...they should have let him expire!

    April 10, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. ELRod

    Good to hear he is doing well. I cant stand this guy but i would never question his dedication to America. He is a true blue patriot.

    April 10, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. kenny

    i know this isn't the most reputable source but jimmy carter was on stewart last night and said he negotiated a treaty under clinton where NK agreed to stop developing nukes.... then bush came in and called them an axis of evil and they started up again... any of you right wing knuckle draggers wanna dispute that????

    April 10, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. teacher

    Why would anyone in his right mind listen to this lying traitor. The blood of thousands is on his hands and he parades around like he is God. Charon is anxiously waiting to carry him over the River Styx.

    April 10, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Csharp

    yeh, Biden the liar who admitted plagiarism is so much better than Cheney ""A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!"" – Joe Biden

    Speaking to The Perez Notes, Rangel said of Biden’s infamous “they’re going to put y’all back in chains” remarks:

    “The Vice President said he’s going to put ‘y’all in chains.’ Was

    he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the

    vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it

    something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.” – Charlie Rangel

    His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul." –Joe Biden, on the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who is very much alive, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2010 "

    Add to the fact he lied about the tragic car accident that killed his first wife (he asserted a truck driver had been drinking his lunch when the investigation concluded otherwise) and sent an innocent person to their grave in shame and had to be sued by the family in order to stop the lies he had been telling for 20+ years. Yes,,this is the liberals idea of a VP. Cheney should wear the criticism of these communists like a badge of honor.

    April 10, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Norps

    This headline, and the story it links to should be taken off the front page. I can't name a single person who actually cares what this "human" thinks. His opinion could be placed down here in the comment section right next to mine, and it would still be overly prominent.

    April 10, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. T

    .........Early last year, Cheney planned a trip to Canada. At the LAST MINUTE.....he CANCELLED the trip.
    .........WHY?........Because Cheney was told, that upon setting foot in Canada, he would be ARRESTED for.......
    .......................................................................WAR CRIMES...............

    April 10, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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