Feb 26, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer
Excerpted from THE HILL: A Republican congressman said this weekend that former Vice President Dick Cheney would likely end up in hell — alongside former President Lyndon Johnson — for their roles in pushing the country toward the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
“Congress will not hold anyone to blame. Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said at a conference in his home state, according to the Huffington Post.
Jones, a libertarian, has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war in recent years. He was speaking at a meeting of the Young Americans for Liberty, an offshoot of former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign.
But Jones has not always opposed the war — he voted to authorize the invasion, and was among the most vocal critics of the French when they expressed reluctance about the effort against Iraq.
The North Carolina lawmaker also blasted the Obama administration for what he called an “absolutely unconstitutional” drone policy.
“When that drone comes to America from a foreign country, we’re going to wonder what in the hell hit us. It was a drone,” he said.
The White House has defended its use of drone strikes as legal and prudent.