Yesterday, at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, sen Sessions questioned defense sec Panetta about a potential war with Syria.
Sessions: “We spend our time worrying about the UN, the Arab League, Nato and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress and do you think that you can act without Congress to initiate a no fly zone in Syria without Congressional approval?”
Panetta: “Again, 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…”
Sessions: “I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat. I don’t believe it’s close to being correct. They provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution.”
Before taking office Obama swore to uphold the Constitution.