Rep. Shays, Who Supported Withdrawal Before Election, Now Backs Escalation

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"Rep. Shays, Who Supported Withdrawal Before Election, Now Backs Escalation"

Two weeks before last November’s election, when he was on the verge of losing his House seat to anti-war challenger Diane Farrell (D), Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) suddenly announced that he supported setting a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Shays won the race by 3 points.

Flash-forward three months. Yesterday, Shays declared on the House floor that he would not vote for the resolution opposing escalation in Iraq. “It is counterproductive for 535 members of the House of Representatives and Senate to micromanage the war.” He added that the resolution opposing escalation “sends the wrong message to the President, to our troops and to our enemies. … The only way we should leave Iraq is the same way we went in, together.” Watch it:

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Transcript:

The Democratic majority in the House has adopted a resolution condemning this strategy, expressing disapproval without offering any alternatives. Ironically, they offer a stay-the-course resolution. The majority is clear on what it is against, but does not say wait is for, leaving us with what exists right now, the status quo. The resolution sends the wrong message to the President, to our troops and to our enemies. It will not get my vote. …

It is counterproductive for 535 members of the House of Representatives and Senate to micromanage the war. …

The only way we should leave Iraq is the same way we went in, together.

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