University town passes resolution calling for Iraq pullout |

University town passes resolution calling for Iraq pullout

BOULDER – This university city has passed a resolution calling for a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq, but set no timetable.The resolution was passed after a four-hour hearing Saturday that drew about 70 people, many wearing anti-war shirts and buttons.”I’m disappointed we couldn’t get a firm date, but this goes a long way for our position on the war,” said Dan Winters, who gave a 10-minute presentation outlining changes the coalition wanted in the city’s drafted resolution.Councilman Shaun McGrath disagreed. “If we give this an arbitrary number, I think it will lose its credibility,” he said. McGrath said more than 70 towns and cities have passed resolutions but none with deadlines.The resolution has no legal impact.”This is a grass-roots movement, but one that will get our voices heard eventually,” Cathy Swanson said.Not everyone agreed. “We can’t determine if we should withdraw,” said Mike McSweeney, of Boulder. “It will put Iraq into a civil war bloodbath.” McSweeney said a survey found that only 35 percent of Iraqi citizens want U.S. troops out within six months.The council passed the resolution 5-1, and will send a copy to President Bush, U.S. Sens. Wayne Allard and Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep Mark Udall.Richard Polk, the only council member to oppose the resolution, said it didn’t have the support of the entire community.”As a councilman, I have to respect the 100,000 residents that aren’t here,” Polk said.

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