Charlie Rangel: With a Draft, ‘Overwhelming Sense of Patriotism’ in Congress Would Disappear

In an appearance on MSNBC alongside New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) told anchor Chris Jansing on Wednesday that he supports President Barack Obama’s call for military action in Syria. However, he said that he does not support unilateral military action or action that is not sanctioned by Congress. Rangel added that Congress would not exhibit an “overwhelming sense of patriotism” in support for military action if there was a compulsory draft in place.

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“For all of these excursions and intrusions militarily, if members of Congress thought for one minute that they were talking about drafting their kids and their grandkids, you would not see this overwhelming sense of patriotism that you’re seeing,” Rangel insisted.

“There must be other kids besides American kids that understand that this is an international travesty,” he continued. “We should provide the leadership, but to go it alone – I don’t understand it.”

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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