Ultra-conservative Congressman Walter Jones – who represents a remote eastern area of North Carolina that is home to many military families – says he has about 50 co-sponsors on a joint resolution that calls on President Bush to announce by year’s end a plan for withdrawal from Iraq.
The resolution — introduced in June by Jones — calls on the president to begin executing the withdrawal by Oct. 1, 2006. It does not set an end date.
“I think that people have finally understood what we’re doing,” Jones said… noting that people have mistakenly thought the resolution was binding…
Jones said the reason for going to war — Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction — has been proven false.
“If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have supported the resolution,” said Jones, who had coined the term “freedom fries” as a show of support for the war in Iraq.