The Fizzle Of The Freedom Fries

Laura Sanchez
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Over two years ago when France opposed the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. House of Representative bitch-slapped those art-loving, philosophy-spouting, Gauloise-smoking food fetishists by changing House cafeteria menu item names to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast. Leading the charge was Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).

But according to a recent article in a local North Carolina newspaper, picked up by British newspaper The Guardian, Jones now regrets the move and not just because it became a punch line. Jones says the United States went to war “with no justification.” The Republican maverick said, “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. Congress must be told the truth.”

Jones’ disillusionment doesn’t stop with food name regrets. On May 26, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) offered an amendment to the $491 billion Pentagon budget that called for President Bush to devise a plan for withdrawal from Iraq.

The amendment was defeated easily on a 128 to 300 vote, with 5 Republicans voting in favor. Jones was the only one of the five who rose to speak in favor of the bill.

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