Former Vice President Dick Cheney dropped by a GOP leadership meeting Tuesday, telling the Republicans gathered there that the United States is in “deep doo-doo” with North Korea. Oh, and he was wearing a cowboy hat, hence the title.
Cheney opined that North Korea’s current despot, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable, and doesn’t particularly care for the worldview of the United States and her allies. But curiously, most Republicans in the room seemed more fascinated by Cheney’s appearance instead of whatever he was on about.
Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida said the former veep “looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”
“It was nice to see him doing well,” Southerland said, pointing out that the last time he saw Cheney, he “didn’t look good – very frail, but in this meeting he looked great.”
The 72-year-old Cheney has had a long history of heart problems, but underwent a successful heart transplant surgery in 2012.
Though Cheney only spoke at the meeting for about 10 minutes, he seemed to continue his rhetorical tradition of ominous ambiguity, comparing Kim Jong Un to Saddam Hussein, “you never know what they’re thinking,” and advising Republican leaders 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,” Cheney reportedly said.
An aide present at the meeting “declined to comment” on whether Cheney advised any particular course of action against Kim Jong Un, like, I don’t know, skipping diplomacy and blowing him up.
That’s pretty much what it is when they decline to comment.
Cheney also stopped by the House GOP whip meeting. He’s a former House Republican whip himself, and was invited by Representative Kevin McCarthy.
“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 said of the meet.
Do you think that Dick Cheney is right? Are we in “deep doo-doo” with North Korea?