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Walter Jones, GOP Congressman, Hits Dick Cheney Over Iraq War

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan, said at a conference Saturday that former Vice President Dick Cheney would probably end up in hell for the Iraq War.

"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," Jones said at a Young Americans for Liberty conference in Raleigh, N.C. The group is a spinoff from former Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) 2008 presidential campaign.

During his keynote address to the group, he praised Paul. "I want to give credit to the man who helped me understand if you're ever going to send young men and women to die, it needs to be with the Constitution and debated by the Congress," he said.

Elsewhere in his speech, he called the drone policy "absolutely unconstitutional," eliciting applause from the crowd.

"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.

Jones voted for the Iraq War and circulated a letter in 2003 to change the name of french fries to "freedom fries" in the House cafeterias. He has since regretted it and become a staunch opponent of the war.

"I knew that those who do not fight like myself, it's easy to be macho man, and declare war, get that son of a bitch ... I am so fed up with people who do not understand the pain of war," he said Saturday.

(h/t Dave Weigel)

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