Thursday, March 8, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Constitution?

When it comes to war.

The Congress shall have Power ...To declare War-Article I, section 8 of the US Constitution

Christopher Manion at LRC Blog quotes the Washington Times:

"The United States has prepared basic plans to attack Syria to stop President Bashar Assad from killing unarmed anti-government protesters, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday."

“We have looked at a number of options that could be involved here,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee."

Then he asks: Uh, General, didn't you swear an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic"? Haven't you read Article I of the Constitution, where it states that only Congress, not you, not the White House, and not a foreign entity, has the power to declare war?

Obama Admin Cites 'Int'l Permission,' Not Congress, As 'Legal Basis' For Action In Syria

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.

1 comment:

  1. Bite by bite, chip by chip, our Constitution is being whittled into slivers. If we continue to ignore what has made us the greatest country on earth; our liberty and freedom, we will eventually lose them under the guise of global or international solutions.


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