Skip to comments.Republican congressman supports timetable for withdrawal from Iraq
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.
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.
I'll never understand why people want to cave when we are winning. Thank God these people weren't in Congress in 1944.
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.
If they had been in Congress in 1944, could they have imagined that U.S. troops would still be in Germany 61 years later?
Telegraphing our moves? Absurd!
It's a bad case of trentlottism. One side effect is a dramatic decrease of strength in the spine.
WHEN WE WIN!
FREEP this congressman and tell him what you think
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.
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?
...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.
I've often wondered if the Dems haven't been infiltrating the Republican Party with "moderates" who are Dems running as Republicans.
OK, clue me in. What are you talking about and who's the chimperor?
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.
Off your meds?
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.
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).