In this record photo, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., stands in front of photos of depressed soldiers, along a corridor heading to his bureau on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jones, a once-fervent believer of a 2003 advance of Iraq who after became an equally outspoken Republican censor of a war, died Sunday.
Republican Congressman Walter Jones, who represented North Carolina for 24 years, died Sunday after complications from a fall. He had only incited 76.
Jones was creatively a clever proponent of a Iraq war, though after attending a wake of a Marine sergeant killed by a rocket-propelled grenade, Jones came to trust a tellurian cost was too great. He spent a rest of his days essay letters to a family of roughly each depressed infantryman — an try not only to comfort a families, though also to atone for his 2002 opinion in preference of a invasion, that he deeply regretted.
“I have sealed over 12,000 letters to families and extended families who’ve mislaid desired ones in a Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and that was for me seeking God to pardon me for my mistake,” he told NPR in 2017. He spent a final several years as a waste Republican voice propelling Congress to move American infantry home.
“I did not do what we should have finished to review and find out either Bush was revelation us a law about Saddam being obliged for 9/11 and carrying weapons of mass destruction,” Jones told a contributor in 2015. “Because we did not do my pursuit then, we helped kill 4,000 Americans, and we will go to my grave woeful that.”
“Congressman Jones will prolonged be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity,” his bureau pronounced in a statement on his passing. “He was never fearful to take a scrupulous stand. He was famous for his independence, and widely dignified opposite a domestic spectrum. Some might not have concluded with him, though all famous that he did what he suspicion was right.”
He will also be remembered for being one of a Congressmen who pushed to rename a congressional cafeteria’s french fries to “Freedom fries,”after a French against a 2003 U.S. troops movement in Iraq.
Before portion in a House of Representatives, Jones spent 10 years as a Democrat in a North Carolina state House. He initial ran for Congress in 1992 as a Democrat, attempting to fill a chair of his father Walter Jones Sr., who served in Congress for over 25 years, a Raleigh News Observer reports. But unwell to win a state’s Democratic primary, he altered parties, and in 1994 won a chair as partial of a supposed “Republican revolution” that done Newt Gingrich then-Speaker of a House.
“He was a male of conspicuous firmness and stubbornness,” Gingrich tells NPR. “A flattering good indication for a citizen legislator.”