|Obama Ally in Congress Grapples With Syria Plan|
|By MIKE BAKER Associated Press||Sep 12, 2013, 12:01 AM|
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith is a leader on military issues in a comfortably Democratic district — a perfect ally to build support for President Barack Obama's proposal for a military strike in Syria.
But Smith, like many of his fellow Democrats, remains cautious and uncertain about the idea.
In August, Smith said he has "serious questions about the wisdom of military action" in Syria. He again expressed concerns this week while saying he would take as long as he possibly could before making a decision.
Adding to the challenge for Smith is that redistricting removed some of his more conservative constituents and replaced them with voters with a more anti-war bent.
Smith says he remains undecided about the possibility of a strike but says a diplomatic solution would be ideal.