CNN’s Jake Tapper refused to let Congress shirk responsibility for the humanitarian crisis in Syria, noting that while blame for the ongoing conflict lies with President Barack Obama for his failure to enforce a “red line” with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Congress similarly “shirked responsibility” by failing to vote on the War Powers Act and authorize force by the U.S. military.
“In terms of the blame in the United States, President Obama gets blame for his policy which cannot be seen as a success in any way, shape or form,” Tapper said Friday. “But to let Congress off the hook would be doing a real disservice to history.”
Tapper noted the “genocide, by another name” that’s taken place in Syria has “been one of the worst things that’s happened in the Obama presidency,” adding “it’s going to be something that he as president is going to have to reckon with in the same way that President Clinton had to reckon with inaction in Rwanda.”
But, the CNN anchor argued, “there are not a lot of profiles in courage” coming from Congress on how best to deal with the Syrian conflict. “It’s very easy for members of Congress to beat their chest and talk about President Obama’s failure,” Tapper said.
“I didn’t see very many of them stepping up to the plate and saying we need to send troops and this is what we need to do and this is why we need to do it,” Tapper argued. “I saw a lot of them running back to their home districts and blaming it all on President Obama from the comfort of under their desks.”
“They like shirking responsibility,” Tapper said. “They like not having the War Powers Act be a real resolution because it enables them to blame the president when things go wrong and not have any ownership of anything that goes wrong as well.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN: