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Gov McDonnell: U.S. Should Avoid Military Conflict in Syria

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says the United States should avoid a military conflict in Syria.

In his monthly interview this morning with WNIS 790 AM, McDonnell condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but said a stronger case needs to be made to support military action.

McDonnell visited Virginia National Guard members in Afghanistan and Kuwait in July. He says after 12 years of war, there is only so much Virginia's troops and the country can take.    

"So, I guess the issue is, is there a compelling national interest after 12 years of war that would justify us going into Syria, and at this point I don't know that the president has really made that case," said McDonnell.

McDonnell says he wants to support President Obama's efforts, but worries a strike in Syria will not help national interests and could drive the country further into debt. 

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