Old Warrior in the Line of Fire

John Warner is trying to broker a compromise resolution critical of the Iraq surge. But can the Republican Senator stand up under White House pressure?

Anthony Suau for TIME

Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has broken ranks by proposing a resolution opposing President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.

John Warner, with his lantern jaw, double-breasted suits and stentorian voice, has always looked the part of distinguished Senator. But for much of his three decades in the Senate, his actual record as a lawmaker was a ledger of modest and narrow accomplishments, mostly related to defense bills. In the past five years, however, the Republican has become one of the Senate's most influential members, thanks to a readiness to strike compromises on a host of high-profile issues ranging from co-sponsoring the anti-torture Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 to anchoring the "Gang of 14" bipartisan moderates who pledged to cooperate on...

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