Raleigh, N.C. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – Constitutional stalwart and North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones has been a very public critic of the war in Afghanistan, and on Saturday he told a conference audience that former Vice President Dick Cheney will probably go to hell for his Iraq War push.
Speaking to a “Young Americans for Liberty” conference in Raleigh, N.C., Jones said that former President Lyndon Johnson is already in hell for his role in the Vietnam War – and Cheney is next.
“Congress will not hold anyone to blame,” he said. “Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney.”
Jones is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, and has been serving since 1995. Jones’ father was Walter B. Jones, Sr., a Democratic Party congressman from a neighboring North Carolina district.
Jones voted in favor of the Iraq War, and also put together a 2003 letter to change the name of “French fries” to “freedom fries.” Since that time, he withdrew all support for the U.S. foreign wars.
Jones was the keynote speaker for The Young Americans for Liberty group, which is a lingering offshoot of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign for president in 2008. Jones touted Paul, saying he agrees that any war needs to be within the framework of the U.S. Constitution.
“Too many times in Washington nobody apologizes, especially when you send young men and women to die,” said Jones. “We apologize if we get caught by the police driving drunk, if we have an affair, then we apologize. But never does anyone apologize for buying into a lie to send men and women to die.”
Jones also went on to criticize the Obama administration’s drone policy as “absolutely unconstitutional,” which drew cheers from the audience. “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.”