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Republican congressman supports timetable for withdrawal from Iraq
Charleston Gazette ^ | June 12, 2005 | AP

Posted on 06/12/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Republican congressman who voted for the Iraq war said Sunday that "we've done about as much as we can do'' in the country and that the reason for invading Iraq has proven false.

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina will be among the lawmakers introducing legislation this week 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.''

President Bush has said any timetable for withdrawal would encourage insurgents to wait for the foreign troops to leave, but Jones said he believed Iraqis can defend their own country.

His stance leaves Jones sided with Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, the most prominent Democrat calling for a timetable to leave Iraq. Jones said he had not discussed the issue with Kennedy.

Two years ago, Jones helped lead an effort to make sure Capitol Hill cafeterias retooled their menus to advertise "freedom fries'' instead of french fries to protest France's opposition to the war.

Jones said he began changing his mind about the war after attending the funeral in April 2003 for Sgt. Michael Bitz, 31, who was killed in the southern city of Nasiriyah. He recalled that Bitz's widow read the last letter she received from her husband.

"And that really has been on my mind and my heart ever since,'' he said.

Jones, whose district includes Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, has written condolence letters to the families of more than 1,300 service people killed in Iraq, and posters outside his congressional office show the faces of those killed.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; exitstrategy; iraq; oif; timetable; walterjones

1 posted on 06/12/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
The enemy within.

Things like this really embolden they fundamentalist muslims overseas who use information like this to claim that Islam is winning.

Of course many of the so called moderates in places like Indonesia who up until now have been sitting on the fence are inclined to join the ranks of the fundamentalists.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

2 posted on 06/12/2005 4:25:20 PM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: expatguy

already posted


3 posted on 06/12/2005 4:25:58 PM PDT by atlanta67
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To: Graybeard58

I'll never understand why people want to cave when we are winning. Thank God these people weren't in Congress in 1944.


4 posted on 06/12/2005 4:26:25 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: Graybeard58

Republican? Sheesh. How do these guys even get themselves elected? This one isn't smart enough to come in out of the rain, let alone govern.


5 posted on 06/12/2005 4:28:10 PM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: DakotaRed
I'll never understand why people want to cave when we are winning. Thank God these people weren't in Congress in 1944.

If they had been in Congress in 1944, could they have imagined that U.S. troops would still be in Germany 61 years later?

6 posted on 06/12/2005 4:29:20 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Graybeard58

Telegraphing our moves? Absurd!


7 posted on 06/12/2005 4:31:49 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: atlanta67

Where?


8 posted on 06/12/2005 4:31:59 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
I support a timed confession from Bill Clinton on how he committed treason against the United States of America. I support a timed retirement of the mental case now masquerading as head of the DNC. I support a timed announcement that Hitlery Clinton is a lesbian and has committed crimes against this country. I support the firing of Walter Jones and all scum like him and anyone who ever voted for this piece of dreck!
9 posted on 06/12/2005 4:34:04 PM PDT by Doc Savage (...because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch!)
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To: DakotaRed
I'll never understand why people want to cave when we are winning.

It's a bad case of trentlottism. One side effect is a dramatic decrease of strength in the spine.

10 posted on 06/12/2005 4:39:56 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (FACT: You can get more reliable information in a beauty shop, than from the media)
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To: Graybeard58
Here's your time table:

WHEN WE WIN!

11 posted on 06/12/2005 4:43:02 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Graybeard58
CBS did a great hit piece on our President leading with these "Republicans". The MSM loves and has been fostering these sentiments for some time now. These "Republicans" don't see it. These "Republicans" are losing their nuts.
12 posted on 06/12/2005 5:01:41 PM PDT by b4its2late (Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.)
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To: b4its2late

FREEP this congressman and tell him what you think


13 posted on 06/12/2005 5:02:39 PM PDT by atlanta67
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To: Doc Savage
I support you and your statements! Keep on keeping on!
14 posted on 06/12/2005 5:03:06 PM PDT by b4its2late (Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.)
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To: Graybeard58

There is a timetable, based on results not a absolute date, i.e., establishment of permanent constitution and government and standing up fully the Iraqi armed forces. Unlike in Vietnam, we are not going to cut and run before the job is finished.


15 posted on 06/12/2005 5:11:03 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Graybeard58

I guaranty you that we've got a timetable. Only an idiot would make it public. Does it surprise you that we've got idiots in Congress?


16 posted on 06/12/2005 5:13:23 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Doc Savage; SandRat


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...BUSH is bringing Freedom to the oppressed peoples and cultures of the world...

...as our own best self-protection against future terrorist attacks here at home.

...The CLARITY of this Deal still stands.

.


17 posted on 06/12/2005 5:29:01 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: expatguy
Tell Iran and Syria, as well as France and Germany plus a few others taking advice from Al Jazzera a time table to hold their fire and stay low in the interim.
Elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, women out of surpressed relationships, able to get an education... all seems to be scrapped by the likes of Ted Kennedy and these Howard Dean character radical left wingers.
18 posted on 06/12/2005 5:31:12 PM PDT by hermgem
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To: MizSterious
Republican? Sheesh. How do these guys even get themselves elected? This one isn't smart enough to come in out of the rain, let alone govern.

I've often wondered if the Dems haven't been infiltrating the Republican Party with "moderates" who are Dems running as Republicans.

20 posted on 06/12/2005 5:36:17 PM PDT by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: lodwick
Does the chimperor want to top the VietNam body count of kids killed for the borg?

OK, clue me in. What are you talking about and who's the chimperor?

21 posted on 06/12/2005 5:44:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: airborne

I met this guy (Walter Jones) at East Carolina University in the late 80's. He was a Democrat then, for what it's worth.


22 posted on 06/12/2005 5:49:27 PM PDT by GoDuke
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To: lodwick

Off your meds?


23 posted on 06/12/2005 5:51:34 PM PDT by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Graybeard58
Sorry Jonesy. We ALREADY gave peace a chance. It didn't work out.

See: 9-11-01.

24 posted on 06/12/2005 6:06:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: SandRat

Sure


25 posted on 06/12/2005 6:28:41 PM PDT by iso
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To: Graybeard58
Witness one Walter B. Jones, now beginning his fifth term in the U.S. Congress, a Democrat until only a few months before running to fill the seat held by his renowned father, Walter Jones, Sr. for decades.

Believe me when I say Rep. Jones conservative credentials are solid. I'm well known for repeating over and over since he was swept into Congress in 1994, "I sleep better every night knowing Walter Jones is my Congressman."

Not lately, however. He should have kept his pledge to serve no more than 10 years, and he should not have gone wobbly on our mission in the Middle East.

I don't fathom why this administration has shied away from out legitimate reasons for defeating the Iraqi fascists, for talking less about Halabja, for not speaking clearly of the solid evidence that WMD in Iraq and Iran and in Syria pose a clear and present danger to Freedom.

This inconsistency has been appalling, and has undermined the support for our effort to fight a Mass Movement the best way one can, with another Mass Movement - Freedom.

The price for failure is too high, and despite my genuine respect for Walter, he clearly hasn't the stones to confront this administration in a far better way - on immigration, spending, etc., than is this disingenuous way that flies against the very thing he has such strong feelings about - the welfare of the Americans fighting in the Iraqi theater. He is undermining their sacrifice, and it is time for Walter to come home.

26 posted on 06/12/2005 6:30:42 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Graybeard58

He was honest, this Congressman Jones. He admits that he changed his mind because of his feelings after having to listen to widows.

That is understandable. It is hard to have to deal with people who are greiving, and it is human nature to want to do something to make yourself feel better.

We don't make people like this leaders, because a leader has to keep focused on the goals, not get mired in the sentimentality.

People tend to become democrats as they get older, because they feel more and think less, plus they depend more on government (mostly because of democrat policies, such as not allowing private accounts in Social Security).


27 posted on 06/12/2005 7:47:14 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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