Monday, June 13, 2005

Iraq withdrawal and a side of "Freedom Fries" to go

Freedom Fries are still on the menu at the US House cafeteria, but Walter Jones (R-NC) is requesting a different tune be played than the current one sung by most Republicans these days. You see Jones, is starting to question the administration's candor.
"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," Jones said. "Congress must be told the truth."
The Congressman who was a vociferous supporter in President Bush's bid to invade Iraq started having second thoughts in April 2003 after attending the funeral of Sgt Michael Bitz and meeting with Bitz's widow, who read him the last letter she received from her husband prior to his death. Now, over 2 years later, Jones will be among the legislators calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq.
"When I look at the number of men and women who have been killed -- it's almost 1,700 now , in addition to close to 12,000 have been severely wounded -- and I just feel that the reason of going in for weapons of mass destruction, the ability of the Iraqis to make a nuclear weapon, that's all been proven that it was never there," Jones said on ABC's "This Week."
Jones has already established himself as a contrarian on the shit-list of the Republican Leadership for challenging DeLay (or his lack of ethics, to be more precise); voted against the House budget due to the cuts in veterans benefits (what a way for the Reps to "support our troops" than by screwing them after their service is over) and voting against increases in federal spending for programs such as No Child Left Behind and the Prescription Drug Benefit. He's still an extremely conservative Republican, but he's apparently able to step back from the group think and vote against the demands of solidarity of the Republican party. That's a lot more than I can say for most of them.

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