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Rep. Walter Jones: 'I Was Too Weak to Vote My Conscience' in Iraq War

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 12:06 PM

Rep. Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" that he will die with regret for voting to send troops into Iraq.

"A lot of my decisions are made on my faith," Jones told host J.D. Hayworth. "I will always regret for voting to send our troops into Iraq. It was an unnecessary war. I was too weak to vote my conscience. I will go to my grave regretting that I sent 4,000 Americans to die in Iraq, 30,000 severely wounded in Iraq and 100,000 Iraqis killed. From that vote, I grew to a point where I said I want to start voting my conscience. That vote to give President Bush the authority to go into Iraq if he needed to go, I will always regret, but it helped me grow a certain amount of independence that is who I am today. I want to be with my party when my party is right, but when they're not right, I don't vote with them. It gets me in trouble in the primaries."

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Jones said he will be one of 40 or 50 Republicans voting "No" on the use of force authorizing the president to act against ISIS in Syria, though he realizes the resolution will pass anyway.

"Half of the Democrats will vote for it and a little bit more than half of the Republicans will vote for the amendment that authorizes the training for the Syrian rebels," he said.

"To me, this is another example of our foreign policy that I don't think is a good foreign policy that will get us headed toward the term of unintended consequences of getting us more into another situation that could possibly lead to a major war."

Jones' said his conscience, not his political affiliation, dictates how he votes.

"I will give that to the lord, my savior," he said. "I will always be one that cannot just follow the party line for the sake of the party. When my party is right, I want to be with them 100 percent. When they're not right, I just cannot go against my conscience."

Jones started his career as a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party in 1994, the same year the GOP regained control of the House with the "Contract With America."

The contract represented "what Washington could be and should be," he said.

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Rep. Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" that he will die with regret for voting to send troops into Iraq.
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