Originally Uploaded by SenatorSessions on Mar 7, 2012
Obama’s Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Congress yesterday that international permission trumped Congressional permission for US military action. The stunning remarks came before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday. Panetta’s belief that President Obama does not need congressional approval before committing American troops to military action is in direct violation of the War Powers Act.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey agrees that “international permission,” rather than Congressional approval, provides a ‘legal basis’ for military action by the United States. Dempsey said “we act at the consent of a government, so were “invited in”. He makes it sound like birthday party invitation, “were invited in to go wage war”.
The only problem with all of this is that it is unconstitutional. There’s this little thing in the Constitution called the War Powers Act and then there is (50-U.S.C.-1541-1548) War Powers Resolution
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548) is a federal law intended to check the power of the President in committing the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress. The resolution was adopted in the form of a United States Congress joint resolution; this provides that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by authorization of Congress or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”(Source;Wiki)
The War Powers Resolution was disregarded by President Clinton in 1999, during the bombing campaign in Kosovo, and again by President Obama in 2011, when he did not seek congressional approval for attack on Libya, arguing that the Resolution did not apply to that action.(Wiki)
Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta said, “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 whether or not we would want to get permission from the congress, I think those are issues we would have to discuss as we decide what to do here.”
The President and Sec. of Defense would “INFORM CONGRESS”? That means Obama would “TELL” congress that he has decided to side-step the constitution and congress to commit our troops to military action. No one should be surprised as this president has shown utter disdain for the Constitution because it doesn’t fit with his dictatorial aspirations.
The Obama administration sees things in the Constitution that are not there and they don’t see things in the Constitution that are.