“The family actually walked me to the coffin

and my knees buckled. Why? … I saw a soldier about 20 years old…and he looked just like me.” Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) — a decorated Army combat veteran — speaks out against escalation:

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This great country and this great constitution has given you the right, right in your hand, to determine who lives and who dies. You can’t make a mistake in supporting this resolution. It’s not going to hurt our beloved warriors. It is going to help our country. It is going to help them and it is going make us proud one day to be able to say when asked, what did you do when this was going on in the world and your Congress was asked, and you would be able to say, there was a resolution — it may not have been a profile in courage — but I supported it and I’m proud that I did.