March 12, 2012
If Obama works with the United Nations and NATO against Syria and does not seek authorization from Congress for the use of the U.S. military, he may face impeachment, according to a resolution introduced by Republican Representative Walter B. Jones Jr.
“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,” the resolution states.
Latest Title: 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.
Sponsor: Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] (introduced 3/7/2012) Cosponsors (5)
Latest Major Action: 3/7/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Jones introduced his resolution after Obama’s Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told Senator Jeff Sessions during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week that they would seek “international permission” to attack Syria. Congrerss would not be consulted, but merely informed of the decision.
“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,” Panetta told Sessions.
“Well, I’m almost breathless about that,” the senator from Alabama replied, “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].”
Panetta said a NATO or United Nations resolution would provide the legal basis for using U.S. troops in military action against Syria.
“They can provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that is required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution,” Sessions told Panetta.
The startling admission led to Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., to introduce “an official resolution calling for impeachment should Obama take offensive action based on Panetta’s policy statement, because it would violate the Constitution,” former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo told WorldNetDaily on Sunday.
Obama’s decision to avoid Congress and violate the Constitution takes on a renewed urgency this week as the UN Security Council meets to discuss the Syria issue. Any UN decision to attack Syria following the failure of talks with the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, over the weekend would be questionable since both Russia and China are opposed to military intervention. In February, Russia and China vetoed a resolution condemning Syria’s clamp down on the opposition.
Assad said over the weekend his government will not negotiate while “armed terrorist groups were still operating in the country.” The Free Syria Army (FSA) fighting against Assad inside Syria is a creation of NATO. Sources indicate 600 to 1,500 fighters from the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya, now known as al-Qaeda in Libya, are working with the FSA to topple the Assad regime. An Arab League report revealed last month that Mossad, MI6, the CIA, and British SAS are in Syria working with the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council.
Syria blames “terrorist gangs” backed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar for much of the violence in the country, according to Syrian Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud.