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Freedom Fries congressman no longer supports the war

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1491463,00.html French fries protester regrets war jibe Jamie Wilson in Washington Wednesday May 25, 2005 The
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      French fries protester regrets war jibe

      Jamie Wilson in Washington
      Wednesday May 25, 2005
      The 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.

      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".

      Mr Jones, who in March 2003 circulated a letter
      demanding that the three cafeterias in the House of
      Representatives' office buildings ban the word french
      from menus, said it was meant as a "light-hearted
      gesture".

      But the name change, still in force, made headlines
      around the world, both for what it said about
      US-French relations and its pettiness.

      Now Mr Jones appears to agree. Asked by a reporter for
      the North Carolina News and Observer about the
      name-change campaign - 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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