GOP Rep. Walter Jones, Who Shifted Position on Iraq War, Dies at 76

HeadlineFeb 11, 2019

And North Carolina Republican Congressmember Walter Jones died Sunday on his 76th birthday. Originally an ardent supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the 13-term lawmaker had a change of heart after witnessing the funeral of a U.S. servicemember. In 2003, after France refused to back George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, Jones ordered three congressional cafeterias to rename French fries and French toast on the menu to “freedom fries” and “freedom toast.” Two years later, in 2005, he renounced his vote in support of the war and called for a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. The U.S. invasion of Iraq killed nearly 300,000 people, according to Brown University’s Costs of War Project—mostly civilians—and displaced millions of others.

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