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'Reluctant Warrior'

3:51 PM, Sep 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Bob Terris of the National Journal writes of the agonies facing Gerald Connolly, a Congressman whose district is in the Fairfax area of Virginia.  In a few days, he must vote 'yes' or 'no' on allowing President Obama to take military action in Syria.

Rep. Connolly, who has:

... long been an antiwar Democrat

Calls it:

"one of the gravest" votes he's had to make since 2008, when he was elected to the House

But he and:

Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland are in the midst of drafting a resolution for a limited strike in Syria. He says he won't support anything "too broad" or that could put boots on the ground, but he feels it's possible that doing nothing at all could be the worst possibility. 

He is sustained in that belief by the knowledge that 

... Obama is "truly a reluctant warrior," when it comes to Syria. "This isn't a case of a president wanting to go to war," he says. "And that's a big difference."

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