Sarah Jean Seman

Loyalty — that is the only reason Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) can imagine supporting President Obama’s Syria resolution.

“If [Obama] gets saved at all, it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage,” non-voting delegate Norton told the Bill Press Show Tuesday.

Norton, known for her role in the civil rights movement, believes the United States must respond to Syria but is unsure that military action is the best option.

“I can’t believe that the only way to address it is a slight bombing which will somehow punish somebody or deter somebody,” she said.

Executive action to attack Syria should Congress vote against the resolution would be similar to the red line trap, according to Norton.

“I think once you say, ‘I’m going to Congress,’ you can’t say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do it anyway.’”

This piece has been updated to reflect Del. Norton’s official title.

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