'I Helped Kill 4,000 Americans': Rep. Walter Jones Regrets Voting For Iraq War

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Despite the the unpopularity of the Iraq War, few of its original supporters have publicly admitted to second-guessing their decisions. However, Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina recently said on The Tyler Cralle Show that he made a mistake, Think Progress reported.

"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,” Jones said. 

“Because I did not do my job then,” Jones continued, “I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that.”

In 2003, Jones was one of the lawmakers who spearheaded the campaign to change the House’s cafeteria menu from “French fries” to “freedom fries” after France decided not to support the war, Esquire reported.

By 2005, Jones recanted his support and blamed poor intelligence gathering. 

Jones’ recent admission might be even more relevant given that he will have to vote on the Iranian nuclear deal soon. “I’m gonna make my decision before I go back [from the August recess] but I’m gonna carefully, because I did not do what I should have done,” he said.

Sources: Think Progress, Esquire Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr