Congressman Walter Jones is an odd dude. Somehow the North Carolina Republican went from leading the embarrassing “freedom fries” movement in 2003 to standing with outspoken anti-war liberals like Dennis Kucinich and demanding a timetable for troop withdrawal in 2005, a stunning about-face.
But while Jones may have stood up to his party on Iraq, his old white dude rhetoric still fits right in with the Republican stereotype. On Tuesday at House Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan, Jones referred to the Chinese as “Uncle Chang” without so much as a blink of his eye.
If you can’t watch that at work, Jones in a question to General John Allen, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said: “What is the event that the administration and General Allen, you sir, are going to be candid with the United States Congress and more important than the Congress, the American people as we spend $10 billion a month that we can’t pay for, the Chinese, Uncle Chang, is lending us the money we are spending in Afghanistan.” Now that’s Chang we can believe in, yeah?
Jones did not discuss how much money ‘Cousin Chopstick’ is kicking in to the American effort.
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