WHITTIER – A packed and cheering crowd greeted U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Sunday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church as he campaigned on a plan to end the war on Iraq. Kucinich spent the weekend jetting from a large anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., Saturday to events in San Francisco and Los Angeles before addressing the crowd of supporters and peace activists Sunday afternoon in Whittier. Saying the war on Iraq was the most important issue for the 2008 presidential campaign, Kucinich laid out his strategy for troop withdrawal in a 12-point plan that would begin with a U.S. commitment to end the occupation and bring troops home within a three-month period. Critics have said immediate withdrawal would lead to civil war and that the U.S. needs to be present through the transition to Iraqi control. Kucinich said billions of dollars in oil revenues had been given to private corporations to rebuild Iraq – a process that was “riddled with corruption.” “We need to stop privatizing the oil assets. That’s theft,” he said. The congressman has also said the U.S. needs to be willing to “pay for what we bombed” and for reparations to the Iraqi people. Part of Kucinich’s plan calls for a policy of international “truth and reconciliation” between the U.S. and Iraqi people. Kucinich ran for president in 2004 and was elected to his sixth term in the House of Representatives in November. He was born in Cleveland, the eldest of seven children. According to his Web site biography, he and his family lived in 21 different places, “including a couple of cars,” by the time he was 17 years old. Kucinich first gained notoriety when he was elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 at 31 years old – the youngest person to be elected mayor of a major American city. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Kucinich said the U.S. presence is fueling insurgent activity and anti-American sentiments in the region. “We’ve got to let the international community know that we want to get the troops out,” Kucinich said in an interview. “This was an illegal war and there can be no peace until we’re out. We can use existing funds to mobilize and bring them home.” In a surprise appearance, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004, introduced Kucinich and praised him for being the only candidate to vote against the war and against all funding requests. “I support him because he’s the only peace candidate,” said Sheehan, who attracted international attention when she staged a weeks-long vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in August 2005. Key to Kucinich’s plan is the use of the United Nations in developing an international security and peacekeeping force, managing Iraq’s oil assets and helping reconstruct the country – with the U.S. contributing financially.
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