Security Council to authorize military force against Iraq. The name change for the venerable breakfast dish -- in this case stuffed with cream cheese -- followed similar moves by the U. Congress and some restaurants across the country to change "French fries" to "Freedom fries. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, asked about the newly titled "Freedom toast," smiled and said, "We're always proud of the men and women of our Air Force.
Taylor writes: I'm a high school student and my history teacher just told us about how the United States once called French fries "freedom fries" to spite France. Please tell me he's joking. Yes, there was a time when some Americans decided to call French fries "freedom fries"—embarrassingly, a number of those people happened to be elected officials in the U. House of Representatives. In early , the United States was in the midst of a rather unsuccessful attempt to drum up worldwide support for a potential war with Iraq. While cobbling together a "coalition of the willing," many historical allies of the U. We believe that military intervention would be the worst solution. By March, the course had been set. The UN couldn't find evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but the United States made it clear that invasion was inevitable.
French Fries to "Freedom" Fries
The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus. Ney, whose committee has authority over the House cafeterias, directed the change, after colleague Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, circulated a letter suggesting such a move. Jones said he was following the example of a local restaurant owner in his North Carolina district. Watching France's self -serving politics of passive aggression in this effort has discouraged me more than I can say. France has pressed the United Nations to give weapons inspectors more time in Iraq, saying the U. Another measure discourages American tourists, businesses and the government from participating in the Paris Air show. They have resigned from any responsibility for the war on terror. Asked why he was focusing on France when other nations, including Germany and Russia, oppose the U. Officials with the French Embassy in Washington could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. Walter Jones, left, and Bob Ney announce the name changes on House menus at a Tuesday news conference.
Freedom fries was a politically motivated renaming for French fries in the United States. The term was born in when the then Republican Chairman of the Committee on House Administration , Bob Ney , renamed the menu item in three Congressional cafeterias in response to France 's opposition to the proposed invasion of Iraq. Although originally supported with several restaurants changing their menus as well, the term fell out of use due to declining support for the Iraq War. Following Ney's resignation as Chairman in , it was quietly reverted.