Democratic Representative Charles Rangel of New York joined Weekends with Alex Witt to share his outlook on U.S. intervention in Syria.
“There’s no evidence that what’s happening in Syria is a threat to our National Security,” he said. Although he said feel that international laws were broken and that it shouldn’t go “unchallenged,” he said an international problem should be dealt with internationally.
Saturday, President Obama announced that he would seek congressional approval before striking Syria. Rangel said that if a voter were taken today, he would vote against authorizing military action. He called for Congress to pass a national draft act before deciding on Syria, Rangel said such a vote would force members to vote on war knowing it would have implications for the entire country. He pointed out that recruitment happens in low-income areas where school drop out rates and unemployment is high, suggesting that it disproportionately affects poorer districts.
Rangel said he would not attend a classified meeting Sunday because he would not be able to share the information with his constituents.
Watch what more he shares with Alex on today’s Weekends with Alex Witt.