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In response to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., over who determines the proper and legal use of the U.S. military, 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.”
“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 the legal basis for U.S. military force was Panetta suggested a NATO coalition or U.N. resolution. At this point Senator Sessions was left speechless and just about astonished. Not just yet, however.
When Sen. Sessions began to talk again, “Well, I’m all for having international support, but 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,” Sessions said. “They can 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.”
It is rather obvious to us that Senator Sessions is precisely referring to America’s concept of the rule of law. Yet, what is the problem with Obama and his Administration is that they seem to disregard the U.S. Constitution and albeit by Executive Order, Memorandums, or otherwise, (unqualified people being placed in positions without concurrent knowledge of process, history, or sense of right or wrong) such as the “Czars” or at the very least Janet Napolitano at DHS, Sibelius at DHHS, and certainly Leon Panetta as the Secretary of Defense.