By Ian Swanson
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Monday said "of course it's embarrassing" that President Obama warned Syria of a red line for using chemical weapons but then didn't move forward immediately with a military strike.
Rangel, who opposes a military strike against Syria, also said Secretary of State John Kerry must be even more embarrassed after making an aggressive speech calling for a military strike on Friday, and then seeing Obama delay it to ask Congress for authorization a day later.
But he said the idea that a president could draw a red line and push the nation into war was "unheard of.
"So of course it's embarrassing, I wish it didn't happen. I guess Secretary Kerry is even more embarrassed than me after making his emotional speech that this was urgent."
Rangel said he didn't see anything urgent and that Obama was right to give Congress time to consider the action.
The veteran New York lawmaker has repeatedly said he opposes a strike.