Saturday, May 28, 2005

Republican Who Coined Term "Freedom Fries" Regrets That ... And Regrets Iraq War, Too

Walter Jones, the Republican Congressman who led the fight two years ago to rename fries and toast at the Capitol in protest of the French-led opposition to war with Iraq, now says he regrets that fight, and the war, too.

Of the emotional fight to change cafeteria items at the Capitol to "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast," Jones (R-NC), in a May 15 interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, said: "I wish it had never happened."

But that's not the only decision he regrets. Jones now says the U.S. went to war with Iraq "with no justification," and he's not shy about pointing fingers as to who's at fault. "If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong," he said. "Congress must be told the truth."

Jones, part of the Gingrich Revolution class of 1994, has fallen out of favor with the Bush administration. He has criticized Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others in the administration at public hearings. He voted against the President's most recent budget because of proposed cuts in veterans benefits.

But Jones sees this as the best way to serve his district, which has North Carolina's greatest number of military. He has lined the hallway outside his office with "the faces of the fallen." Jones told the News & Observer that he realizes his decisions have cost him influence, but that he can live with the consequences.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now there's a change. A Republican who acts from his heart and mind, and not merely to jump on the "me too" partisan bandwagon.
Most Republicans will continue to stand by their man even while new polls show most of the country shifting against the party, largely in opposition to the Iraq war. Are the Republicans representing the will of the people?
I think the majority are fed up with the Bush unending string of hypocrisies. And Jones demonstrates how even some Republicans have been forced to put their foot down.
I was reading some non-partisan blogs last night looking for the reaction from the common folk to the Bush justification for closing of the domestic military bases.
The overriding cry from two out of three bloggers was: Who the hell is Bush to talk about saving money by closing bases and placing tens of thousands of people out of work while he throws billions of dollars at this "unnecessary war" in Iraq.
In my dreams, a reporter would confront Bush with the question: If this war in Iraq had not grown into such a costly and unpredictable mess, would we still have had a need to close these bases?
I think frustration with this war is forcing the Downing Street memo to seep into peoples' consciousness, despite the questionable lack of attention from the mainstream media. So much for the liberal bias theory.
Reporters recently allowed the Bush spokesman to respond to the EXTREMELY SERIOUS evidence raised by the memo, that Bush indeed had manufactured WMD evidence as an excuse to drag the U.S. into a bloody and costly war, with a single brief statement of denial. The Bush Administration scores another point.
Also in my dreams, the reporters would press the Administration to tell us what about the memo is wrong.
I think the Administration's deceit about Iraq represents the biggest scandal of our time.
See how you can press Congress to launch a full investigation. Go to

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply put, Jones is a "Benedict Arnold." The French are back-stabbers, plus they pee in the streets: disgusting.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sad -- the French got it right, this guy Jones realizes it, and conservatives blame everyone but Bush.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The French hate our freedom.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The French hate our freedom? Oh please! Talk about being spoon fed pablam.

Thank God that a small number of Republicans are finally 'waking' up and realizing what is at stake here.

9:19 PM  

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