Monday, June 13, 2005

"I wish it had never happened."

Via Kos, we read that Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), who led the push to change french fries to freedom fries in congressional dining rooms, now regrets the idea and has turned against the war:
Asked by a reporter for the North Carolina News and Observer about the name-change campaign - an idea Mr Jones said at the time came to him by a combination of God's hand and a constituent's request - he replied: "I wish it had never happened."
Although he voted for the war, he has since become one of its most vociferous opponents on Capitol Hill, where the hallway outside his office is lined with photographs of the "faces of the fallen".

"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 told the newspaper. "Congress must be told the truth."
Jones has been thinking about the dead and wounded in the light of the failure to find any WMDs:
Representative Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has written more than 1,300 letters of condolence to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and will introduce legislation this week calling for a firm timetable on the withdrawal of US troops, ABC's "This Week" said Sunday.
Meanwhile, two U.S. Senators have joined notorious human rights softie Jimmy Carter in calling for the closing of Gitmo:
KEY WEST - U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez said Friday that the Bush administration should consider Sen. Joseph Biden's suggestion to shut down the U.S. military's prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Joe Biden yesterday created a stir by daring to utter the "D" word:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will "have to face" a painful dilemma on restoring the military draft as rising casualties result in persistent shortfalls in US army recruitment, a top US senator warned.
Biden, who travelled to Iraq last week, has been pushing the administration to come clean about the war:
"No foreign policy can be undertaken without the informed consent of the American people," Delaware's Biden said Thursday after a recent visit to the war zone. "Right now, there is no information. There is a giant disconnect between what is happening on the ground and what we're being told."


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