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Top Congressional Black Caucus member mocks Obama's Syria proposal

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., mocked the idea that U.S. military could make a "limited" attack on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, even as the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus asked members to keep quiet about the issue for the time being.

"There's no such thing as limited war," Rangel told MSNBC's Martin Bashir Thursday afternoon. "You cannot attack a country and then [set] the rules by which he or she may respond."

Rangel cited violence in New York City as a riposte the humanitarian argument that the United States should attack Assad because he killed hundreds Syrian children in a chemical weapons attack.

"[T]here's no way that I have to explain why 400 kids are dead, killed by this mad man, and I'm supposed to feel guilty; my kids are killed every darn day in New York," he told Bashir.

Rangel called for Obama to use American foreign aid as leverage to convince other countries to intervene. "How in God's heaven does anyone want me to believe that we're the only ones with young kids?" he asked, referring to American soldiers.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, asked CBC members "to limit public comment" on Syria in an private email published Thursday. “The chair believes Congress and the American public need more information, and she awaits more briefings between now and early next week before commenting further,” Fudge aide Ayofemi Kirby said in the email, according to The Hill.

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