Dick Cheney was in charge of an assassin ring which killed enemies of the US in Afghanistan and Lebanon, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen. Operation Pheonix was the precursor in Vietnam that answered to the old VP and that old man obviously wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Former chair of the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS and dirty cop on the block, Dick Cheney. Assassin. Whoa, big surprise that is. WOnder what his sweet wife thinks of Â that. Probably doesn't give a shit.