The Republican Mother found these chestnuts that are worth taking a look at since the Middle East is getting hotter by the day, and our Congress is getting more impotent by the day. It is clearly stated that Obama and Panetta believe they have the right to engage in Syria without Congressional approval. But why be surprised. Isn’t that how Libya and Egypt got mucked up big time? Jeff Sessions does a wonderful smack down. Then a clip of Lou Dobbs and the Judge’s reaction follows.
Secretary of Defense Panetta saying “our goal would be to seek international permission and we would come to the Congress to inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress….”
Notice at the end, Panetta retorts that the President has the ultimate authority to deploy the military if the US is threatened.
WASHINGTON, March 7—Under question from Sen. Sessions at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey indicated that “international permission,” rather than Congressional approval, provided a ‘legal basis’ for military action by the United States.
And now we have the Judge and Lou Dobbs reaction
WASHINGTON, March 9—On “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, Lou Dobbs and Judge Andrew Napolitano addressed an exchange on Wednesday between Sen. Sessions and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta regarding the Obama Administration’s apparent belief that “international permission,” but not congressional approval, is a necessary precondition for any military action by the United States.