Congressman who became war critic dies on birthday
Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., a oncefervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday, his 76th birthday.
The congressman’s office confirmed in a statement that Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 due to his failing health.
In 2005, Jones introduced legislation that would have required President George W. Bush’s administration to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, saying the reason given for the invasion, weapons of mass destruction, had proved false.
Walter B. Jones Jr.