Nearing the one-year anniversary of our kinetic Libyan military adventurism, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey and the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta are testifying before Congress and in this case facing questioning from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) regarding the legal justification for military action against another country.
Jaw-droppingly stunning is the only term we can muster at this point.
"International legal basis", the U.N., NATO... and it can be definitively inferred, the Arab League, as was the case in Libya where we were
protecting civilians, taking out military targets, assassinating foreign leaders, are all given as examples as legal justification for military action ahead of the United States Congress.
Panetta trots out the strawman of the right of the President to "defend this country if it's necessary". What direct threat did Libya pose and what direct threat does Syria pose to this country? None.
If you want to make the case that military action against those countries is justified as those same countries are state sponsors of terrorism, then fine... make the case before Congress. But that's not the case here and everyone knows it.
And shame on Congress for letting the Arab League nudge them out of the Constitution and being relegated to merely an "informed" body rather than an "authorizing" body.
It's certainly shaping up that Syria will be a Libyan redux where our Nobel Peace Prize-winning Commander-in-Chief will be currying favor outside our borders in order to expend resources from within our borders.
Just another fine moment there in the continuing erosion of our Constitution.
Friday, March 9, 2012