Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) still “loves” President Barack Obama -- but he thinks the White House’s handling of the situation in Syria has been “embarrassing.”
“I love Obama, and you’ll never find a truer Democrat than me, but this whole idea of any president of the United States drawing lines saying that if any country does something, that he considers wrong, that the nation is going to war, it’s unheard of–drawing a red line,” the Democrat congressman said Monday in response to a question about the president’s so-called “red line” on the use of chemical weapons.
“So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen,” he added.
Secretary of State John Kerry must be “more embarrassed than me” after giving that speech on Friday, the New York Democrat said.
“I couldn’t see anything urgent about” intervening in Syria, he added, “and I’m glad the president reviewed his thinking and he is going to give us time to discuss it.”
Rep. Rangel concluded by saying he hopes the international community can figure out a way to stop the bloodshed in Syria “where we are not putting our kids in harm’s way to solve an international problem that we feel bounded, not by law, but because the president has drawn a 'red line.'”
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