Nearly ten years after the start of the war in Iraq, the decision to go to war still weighs heavily on the heart and mind of Third District Republican Congressman Walter Jones.
His feelings are evident in the MSNBC documentary Hubris: "Selling The Iraq War," in which Jones was interviewed.
The Congressman sat down Tuesday with WITN for a candid talk about his decision to vote for the war.
Congressman Jones says, "My biggest disappointment is the people who make these decisions to send young men and women to die, they never apologize for their vote. I would at least apologize for my vote."
It's that apology Jones says he's been saying more than ten-thousand times by sending letters to families of those who died in combat. Jones says, "I've tried to make amends with God one by one by signing these letters to over 10,000 families and extended families. Certainly of those some of these young men and women died in Afghanistan."
Inside his Greenville office is a constant reminder of the lives lost, a poster with the faces of servicemen and women who died in the first few months of the war.
In the documentary, Jones says he voted for the war in Iraq based on information provided by the C.I.A. Jones says, "Naively I believed what they were telling. If I had read the intelligence report on Iraq that they made reference to last night that I didn't read, I wouldn't have voted for the resolution."
Jones says voting against the resolution would have meant going against his Republican party when he says he didn't have the courage to back in 2002. Jones says, "I was more concerned about being re-elected than doing what was right for the American people."
That statement is a regret that's still in his heart to this day. Jones says, "I won't know until judgment day whether God forgives me or not."
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