Skip to comments.(Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel: Bring back the draft before launching air strikes in Syria
Posted on 09/01/2013 5:49:47 PM PDT by Libloather
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday renewed his call to reinstate the draft, arguing a vote should be held on mandatory military service before any decision is taken to launch strikes against Syria.
I truly believe we should have a National Draft Act before the Congress acts, Rangel told MSNBC.
Rangel, a decorated veteran of the Korean War, has for several years introduced legislation to bring back the draft and earlier this, for the first time, advocated that women should be included.
The New York lawmaker said the burden of war unfairly falls on lower-income Americans.
They are not in the Hamptons. They are not in the wealthy neighborhoods, he said.
Rangel, a former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the third-longest-serving member of Congress, has made it clear he will vote no on a forthcoming resolution seeking congressional approval for limited strikes on Syria.
Although Rangel said he is satisfied that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for poison gas attacks on his own people last month, he argued it is not the U.S.s responsibility to respond on behalf of the world.
There is no mandate that the United States of America has to get rid of every evil person, Rangel said.
If its an international problem it should be an international solution.
Rangel said he would not attend a Sunday afternoon members-only briefing for lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the proposed Syrian military strike because he could not justify the use of force to his constituents.
If I have the slightest idea how this gross violation of international law affects citizens of the United States of America, my ears are open to see the connection, he said.
President Obama surprised many in Congress on Saturday by announcing he would seek congressional approval before launching military strikes he argues are necessary to hold Assad accountable for the use of chemical weapons.
In a letter to Obama last week, 53 liberal Democrats including many members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) argued that Assads actions "should not draw us into an unwise war without first having Congress authorize the action.
On Sunday, liberal Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) argued there is no justification for U.S. involvement especially since the country lacks allies for its proposed strikes.
How is it that this is always our responsibility? Grayson said on MSNBC.
The proper course of action is not to bomb Syria, but to take Assad to the international war crimes court in The Hague.
What would change my mind is someone explaining to me what the heck this has to do with us, he said.
Didn’t take long for the DemocRATs to scream for the Draft. They’re itching for it.
Somebody tell Charlie he doesn’t need to do this again.
So why does Rangel want to reinstate the draft?
Maybe wrinkle was drafted and he's still pissed off about it.
Rangel is full of crap....
Dem democrats loooooooveses de draft.
He knows that there is no political tide in favor of it so by linking Syria to the draft---no action in Syria.
He does it to stir anti war sentiment.
Kind of interesting that he’s doing it now. Kind of a shot across the bow of the scow of Obama.
It’s the only way his bro’s are gonna get a job!
Oh God, shut up, Rangel. Just shut up. You’re just grandstanding, everyone knows it. We know it, your “friends,” everyone. Shut up.
A country that can't raise enough volunteers to defend itself isn't worth defending.
Democrats want a country that needs a draft.
Him? The logic is sound on his part. Libs are usually cowards and the good Congressman Rangel actually served and went to Korea.
He obviously thinks that if liberal politicians actually have to go and tell their constituents that average Americans are going to have fight and die, they will BACK OFF -like the cowards they are.
Some shmucks like Rahm Emaneul actually like the idea. They want every American to serve for two years, like in Israel. Americans have gotten quite used to the idea that their kids don't have to serve in the military.
Something about - ‘only the lower class’ fight the wars?
I think they just hate liberty that much - any chance to FORCE a citizen to do something is rewarding to them.
Rangel really is a one trick pony.
So why does Rangel want to reinstate the draft?
He doesn’t . He would vote nay.
Include women and gays and watch the dems squeal...
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