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Monday, March 12, 2012

Obama Wants UN Permission for Syria Action – Not Congress - impeach?
Obama Would Want UN Permission for Syria Action – But Not Congress’s
Alana Goodman | @alanagoodman 03.07.2012 - 4:35 PM
the Obama administration says it would need to seek UN or NATO approval before intervening in Syria, but not the consent of Congress

Sen. Jeff Sessions pressed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on the issue during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today:

SESSIONS: “Do you think you can act without Congress and initiate a no-fly zone in Syria without congressional approval?”

PANETTA: “Our goal would be to seek international permissionWhether 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.”

SESSIONS: “Well I am almost breathless about that because what I heard you say is, ‘we’re going to seek international approval and we’ll come and tell the Congress what we might do, and we might seek congressional approval’… Wouldn’t you agree that would be pretty breathtaking to the average American?”

Notice exactly what Panetta says at 4:00 and Sessions responce at 6:30 - then Panetta responce that international actions are supra-constitutional. and do not require congress to act. (possibly not even the "POTUS" president?) since they do not deem the action as part of protecting the country therefore it is outside the constitution - absolutley flabergasting .:
UPDATE: Video of the exchange between Panetta and Sessions added below

'Impeach Obama' Bill: Use of military without Congress approval 'high crime'

Published: 12 March, 2012, 13:17

An American military attack on Syria could effectively lead to the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Congressmen say that any war without congressional authorization would be “unconstitutional”.

Republican Representative Walter B. Jones Jr. has come up with the resolution demanding Obama’s impeachment in case his administration starts another military action without the approval of Congress. This came as a reaction to the American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announcing that in order to carry out the offensive, the US military needs permission from the UN and NATO alone.

Jones’s resolution states that the prime authority to rule on the attack is the US Congress, but not international bodies be it NATO or UN.

“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,” Jones’s resolution said.

In an exchange which occurred at the session of the Senate Armed Services Committee, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that in case Obama administration decides to strike Syria, it would merely “inform” Congress after the decision has been made.


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