Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made some pretty unconstitutional statements during a session of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee was discussing options to address the genocide occurring in Syria, and Panetta said that if the Obama administration decides to attack Syria, it would inform Congress after any decision has been made.
Here are his remarks, emphasis mine:
“Our goal would be to seek international permission and we would come to the congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this,” Panetta said. “Whether or not we would want to get permission from the congress, I think those are issues I think we would have to discuss as we decide what to do here.” – Source
Conservative stalwart, Jeff Sessions, GOP Senator from Alabama said that Panetta’s remarks left him ‘breathless‘ when he heard the Secretary of Defense make such a bold statement:
“I am all for having international support, but I am really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,” Sessions said. “They can provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that is required to deploy the United States military is of the congress and the president and the law and the constitution.”
World Net Daily reports that Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that shoudl the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”
Let the president be duly warned.
Specifically, Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war, a restriction that has been sorely tested in recent years, including Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya.
In an exclusive WND column, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo claims that Jones introduced his House Concurrent Resolution 107 in response to startling recent comments from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. – Source
“Well, I’m almost breathless about that,” Sessions responded, “because what I heard you say is, ‘We’re going to seek international approval, and then we’ll come and tell the Congress what we might do, and we might seek congressional approval.’ And I just want to say to you that’s a big [deal].”
Asked again what was the legal basis for U.S. military force, Panetta suggested a NATO coalition or U.N. resolution.
Sessions was dumbfounded by the answer. – Source
Here is the exchange:
Amazing, just amazing. Here is the full wording of H. Con. Res. 107, which is currently referred to the House Committe on the Judiciary.
Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.
Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under Article I, Section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. – Source
What is going on here is this: Obama is slipping in the polls and the biggest complaint that the American citizens is that he has no leadership skills; he lacks a backbone.
What better way for Obama to get some “street cred” with voters, than by blowing a way a tiny little country. I have no doubt that in the coming weeks, we will hear the press make the case against Syria and for US military action.
The bump in the polls that Obama would get, right before the elections could very well be crucial enough to get the job done.
So there you have it, the ends justifying the means, and this President doesn’t care one whit want branch he uses to further his agenda. And remember this also about Obama: He is always, ALWAYS looking out for his own best interest.
This is just another in a looooooooong chain of Constitutionkll