Rep. Charles B. Rangel, appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of President Obama’s ordering a military strike on Syria, said the “red line” that Mr. Obama is using, in part, to make his case to the American people is “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,” said Mr. Rangel, New York Democrat. “So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen … I guess Secretary Kerry is more embarrassed than me after making this emotional speech saying this was urgent. And clearly, as I said earlier, I couldn’t see anything urgent about it.”
In a speech Aug. 3, Mr. Obama said the Syrian use of weapons of mass destruction made a “mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.” The president also said the use of chemical weapons in the region threatened allies such as Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.
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