President Obama red-line reference in regards to Syria using chemical weapons is coming back to bite him. As he heads into hearings on possible military intervention in Syria later this week, one loyal Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel, just threw him under a bus. Rangel said he “loves” Obama but found his handling of the Syria mess “embarrassing.” Guess that’s one less Democrat he can count on.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) responded to a question about President Obama’s red line on Syria use of chemical weapons saying, “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. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen.”
There’s more. He also said Secretary of State John Kerry must be “even more embarrassed than me” after making such a strong case for military intervention in Syria. The bottom line is that Americans are war-weary and it’s time for other Middle Eastern countries to step up to the plate and get Bashar al Assad out. We can’t fight everybody’s battles. Still, it’s kinda funny to hear Rep. Charlie Rangel use the word “embarrassed.” Wasn’t that how Democratic House leadership felt about him during his ethics hearing?