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, RPCV Shaun McNally says that he wants U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq
RPCV Shaun McNally says that he wants U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq,
McNally switches sides in troop withdrawal debate
By JOSH MROZINSKI , Middletown Press Staff 05/28/2004
HADDAM -- Former Rep. Shaun McNally said Thursday that he wants U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq, which is a change from his previous position of wanting the United Nations to have a larger role in the country.
McNally said withdrawal is the only option that would make the U.S. effort in Iraq successful.
He said he came to his decision after seeing the pictures from Abu Gharib prison, which made him realize that the United States canít be successful in Iraq because the hearts and minds of the Iraq people now canít be won.
"This administration has squandered and destroyed our good name around the world," McNally said. "You canít put enough troops on the ground to restore that faith."
McNally is opposing former Norwich Alderman Jim Sullivan to be the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District that would run against Republican incumbent Rob Simmons. McNally said he isnít going to wait in the shadows to watch George Bush fail.
"I am doing what I think is best for my country," McNally said. "Iím going against all the advice I am getting."
Sullivan, who was recently endorsed by U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, said it is irresponsible to call for something that would harm the countryís security. He said, although he opposed going into Iraq, it is wrong for the United States to cut and run.
"Iíd be suspicious of extreme positions," Sullivan said. "Rob Simmons supports Bush blindly, Shaun McNally opposes him blindly."
Sullivan is calling for the internationalization of Iraqís civil administration, bringing NATO troops to Iraq and turning over the Iraqi government as soon as possible to the Iraqis.
Ed Scwhing, the chairman of the Haddam Democratic Committee, which endorsed McNally in May, said he agrees with McNallyís position. He said the Haddam Democratic Committee will discuss Iraq at their next meeting.
"The occupation does not make sense whatsoever," Schwing said. "The best thing we can do for our troops is bring them home."
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©The Middletown Press 2004