Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said he’s an Obama supporter but admitted that the president goofed when he drew a “red line”, calling it downright “embarrassing.” Rangel maintains that troops should not go to war because the president decided to draw a line in the sand.
Responding to a question from host Mara Schiavocampo about what message it will send the world if President Obama’s red line is crossed and America doesn’t respond, Rangel responded critically of Obama for even drawing the line in the first place:
“I love Obama, and you’ll never find a truer Democrat than me,” Rangel responded, “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. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen. I guess Secretary [John] Kerry is even more embarrassed than me after making his emotional speech that this was urgent.”
Rangel says he is happy that the president slowed the rush to war.
“During those discussions, I hope that other people in the international community would come forward and take this great decision off of the Congress because we have to make it. Take it off of the Congress and provide some solution 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,” Rangel said.
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