RIP to Rep. Walter Jones, one of the most courageous and outspoken critics of reckless American foreign policy. He proved that even a congressman is corrigible: he went from a zealot supporter of the Iraq War (and the source of the anti-French “Freedom Fries” moniker) to one of the most savvy critics of the war and other U.S. foreign policy blunders. He also fought valiantly against government coverups, putting pressure on the Obama administration to open the files on Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. When I met him in 2006 or 2007, he struck me as a very decent fellow – damned unusual for a long-term congressman. He will be badly missed by the friends of peace.
I tipped my hat to him on Twitter over the years –
Rep. Walter Jones introduces resolution to make impeachable offense to use US military force in Syria w/o cong. OK http://t.co/X1NcytYQ2i
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) June 24, 2013
Great @rareliberty article on the 7 most awesome things Walter Jones has done – shocking! – an honorable congressman! http://t.co/cDjmhCt5Jz
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) May 8, 2014
Support @RepWalterJones & this resolution to finally add some sunshine to the War on Terror https://t.co/WmXMneRkJ7
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) April 27, 2015
.@repwalterjones has shown great courage in risking his career to stand up for what he believes @28Pages http://t.co/ulTHx4DBm0
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) October 2, 2015
Bravo NC & @RepWalterJones for his primary victory – and h/t to @jimantle and @amconmag for their pro-Jones articles http://t.co/9KfKXdJvX6
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) May 7, 2014
And from my American Conservative editor Kelley Vlahos: Kelley B. Vlahos @KelleyBVlahos
RIP: When Christopher Hitchens was calling him a “political and moral cretin” for opposing the Iraq War, Rep. Walter Jones was writing 8k letters to soldiers’ survivors. He told me it was what “my lord would want me to do.” My ’09
@Antiwarcom interview: http://bit.ly/2GlkOPZ
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