According to The Huffington Post, 4,486 American service members died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. When including non-Americans, that death toll rises to nearly 500,000. Many representatives from both sides of the aisle didn’t do their jobs; they were swept away by they horror of September 11 as much as we all were, but not many have owned it.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), yes (R), has finally done so.
Jones was one of 297 congressman and 77 senators who voted to authorize the Iraq War in October 2002. He was such a staunch supporter, initially, that he led the effort to rename french fries as “freedom fries” in congressional cafeterias after France came out in opposition to the war. As so many were, he was carried along with the ocean of ‘Murican pride and right to fight tyranny above all else, even when it came to our fried potatoes.
When the Towers went down, I was holding my newborn daughter, released from the hospital on Sept 9, 2011. My husband was still in his four years of inactive duty after leaving the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge before this event occurred, and I knew we were going to war. They say some people “drink the Kool-Aid”? Well, I ate the Freedom Fries, and I lusted for revenge; it was part of being an American, according to the propaganda, right? We were lied to, but we were also very willing to be lied to — as Jones points out.
During an interview on The Tyler Cralle Show, Jones repented for his hasty vote, something that I don’t often expect from a Republican. Often? Read: never.
I did not do what I should have done to read and find out whether Bush was telling us the truth about Saddam being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction.
Because I did not do my job then I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that.
Listen to the interview (relevant portion at 23:00), below:
Well, Mr. Jones, not many have a chance to do much better during this admission — and with your new understanding of the terrible consequences not working together can cause, it is time to make up for it.
Being wrong is something we are all “guilty” of, at some time or another, but now is your chance do the right thing and get behind our veterans. Get behind our poor, our homeless, our hungry and put your effort into rebuilding this country we started tearing down and selling to corporations one piece at a time in our push for
Oil and Power safety and revenge.
Feature image via Huntress Uncommon Sense