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Wednesday, May 25

We Shouldn’t Have Ordered the Freedom Fries

Remember Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast?

Who started that silliness? It was Walter Jones, the Republican congressman for North Carolina. (guardian)

“It was a culinary rebuke that echoed around the world, heightening the sense of tension between Washington and Paris in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. But now the US politician who led the campaign to change the name of French fries to "freedom fries" has turned against the war.”

The insanity with the name change continues to this day. But what of Rep. Jones today?

“Walter Jones, the Republican congressman for North Carolina who was also the brains behind French toast becoming freedom toast in Capitol Hill restaurants, told a local newspaper the US went to war "with no justification".
“…an idea Mr Jones said at the time came to him by a combination of God's hand and a constituent's request - he replied: "I wish it had never happened."

Although he voted for the war, he has since become one of its most vociferous opponents on Capitol Hill, where the hallway outside his office is lined with photographs of the "faces of the fallen".

"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," he told the newspaper. "Congress must be told the truth."

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