Panetta: We need international approval to join a military coalition — but maybe not Congress’s approval

posted at 9:01 pm on March 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart.com, stick with this until at least 2:40, when things start to heat up, through 3:30 when the absurdity is fully revealed. His point about international approval is mundane: If we decide to act in Syria as part of a coalition, then there needs to be some sort of joint international resolution laying out the scope of the mission. To which Sessions replies, how come there didn’t need to be a resolution passed by Congress approving American intervention in Libya? We all know the answer to that, as does Panetta, which is why he’s reduced to mumbling here about maybe “informing” Congress of their plans if and when the time comes. The One doesn’t recognize the War Powers Act — even though his own lawyers do. If he wants to bomb Syria, he’ll bomb Syria, and Congress will get a heads up about it at some point and that’s that. Sessions is trying to get the SecDef to commit to seeking an AUMF before our next excursion but he simply won’t do it because he knows his boss doesn’t operate that way. Why hand the GOP a useful soundbite when he can take a dump on Congress’s prerogatives over warmaking instead?

Speaking of which, we’re getting closer:

Last week, a group of senior Obama administration officials met to finalize a package of options for aiding both the internal and external Syrian opposition, to include providing direct humanitarian and communications assistance to the Syrian opposition, two administration officials confirmed to The Cable. This meeting of what’s known as the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council set forth a new and assertive strategy for expanding U.S. engagement with Syrian activists and providing them with the means to organize themselves, but stops short of providing any direct military assistance to the armed opposition…

“These moves are going to invest the U.S. in a much deeper sense with the opposition,” one administration official said. “U.S. policy is now aligned with enabling the opposition to overthrow the Assad regime. This codifies a significant change in our Syria policy.”…

“The decision has been made at the next [international] Friends of Syria meeting to not oppose any proposals to arm the FSA and we’re not going to publicly or privately message on that,” the official said. “We’re not going to publicly or privately tell the Friends of Syria not to do this.”

Humanitarian aid now, plus a tacit green light for the Gulf states to start sending weapons in earnest to whoever it is that’s shooting back at Assad’s shock troops. And what happens if Assad refuses to let humanitarian aid into the country? No word on that yet, but coincidentally WaPo has a new report out tonight on Obama authorizing “initial U.S. planning” for intervening in Syria, which, per Gen. Dempsey, means assessing “potential missions, the enemy order of battle,” the number of troops available, and how much time all of this would take. I wonder how long the lag will be this time between O’s decision to act and his report to Congress officially informing them that we’re at war again. Hope he remembers to include the bill.


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This is stunning…Jeff Sessions looked truly breathless…Wow! Just Wow!

d1carter on March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

How much further will this administration have to go before it fits the textbook definition of dictatorship?

cynccook on March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

We’ve always been at war with EastAsia / who needs Congressional approval?

Or Constitutional Approval?

For Anything?

“I won!”

Who is John Galt on March 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Let the good times roll…..

BallisticBob on March 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

How much further will this administration have to go before it fits the textbook definition of dictatorship?

cynccook on March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

It’s already in the footnotes, and appendix.

Who is John Galt on March 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Panetta has always been a whiny, wet-pants baby. Except for his time in the Clinton Administrtion, when he advocated for the occupation of Bosnia.

Mr. Grump on March 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Hope and Change, New Tone, God figure standing above it all, transparency, yackety blah blah.

You 52%’ers….you deluded retards got taken and sold us all down the river. Thank you, fools.

Bishop on March 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

The US Constitution is a dead letter.

james23 on March 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

This is the exact model of governance of the EU.

You never elected Panetta, or anyone he might consult about military action. Because you’re too stupid. These people were selected for you.

Bow down before the ones you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve.

CorporatePiggy on March 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

What’s the uproar about?

This will be a good war.

cozmo on March 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

How much further will this administration have to go before it fits the textbook definition of dictatorship?

cynccook on March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The REAL question is, when do we fit the textbook definition of “tar and feathers” or “pitchforks and torches”?

?

Where is the line? Has it been crossed? What will you, personally do if it is crossed?

?

Who is John Galt on March 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Over/Under on a Troll free thread???

Wait..I digress…..those folks will try to defend anything coming from Pantload…

BigWyo on March 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

He’s gonna’ do it.
He’ll start a war to keep the White House.
Right about the GOP convention might be a good time.
Panetta told Sessions to go screw.

NeoKong on March 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

You know what I find fascinating about Obama’s foreign policy when it comes to the use of force? He doesn’t even pretend there is a vital national interest in attacking the targets he chooses to target. Any leftists around here want to pretend that the antiwar movement of the Bush years wasn’t really an anti-Bush movement?

NotCoach on March 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

After watching that I have to ask why is this man in charge of anything having to do with the military? Why is he let anywhere near them?

Sultanofsham on March 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

But BUSH! Yeah. Expecting outrage from the left on the left is a faint hope.

AnotherOpinion on March 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The left hates the U.S. so much that they have no problem turning the constitution on its head. Blatantly. Openly. They scoff at the constitution.

jaime on March 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Good going Obama.

Use are troops up then spit them out once your done with your end game.

Cut military funding so we fly 40 year jets with numerous right ups that should prevent them from flying.

Cut their benefits, make them pay more of their health insurance while you give free contraceptives to “sl-ts”.

Piss off the Russians. Giving them an excuse to use this as “American imperialism” aggression…treading in their hemisphere.

Then by-pass congress…Obama knows he can get away with it. The Republican Establishment may focus attacks against conservative candidates but will act as a lapdog for Obama.

b1jetmech on March 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Paging Code Pink
Paging Cindy Sheehan
Paging A.N.S.W.E.R.

Hello?

Hello?

*series of clicks and white courtesy phone goes to dial tone*

Left Coast Right Mind on March 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

You know what I find fascinating about Obama’s foreign policy when it comes to the use of force? He doesn’t even pretend there is a vital national interest in attacking the targets he chooses to target. Any leftists around here want to pretend that the antiwar movement of the Bush years wasn’t really an anti-Bush movement?

NotCoach on March 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

He’s all political, all the time.

As if we didn’t realize this when Obamacare was all timed to kick in AFTER the 2012 election, as are all of his new “rules” and “acts” and “edicts”….”It’s Too Late To Apologize – A Declaration”.

Who is John Galt on March 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Hmmm…..didn’t GWB have the backing of the UN? Didn’t GWB have the backing of NATO? Didn’t Bush get authorization from Congress?

And yet the left pilloried him.

Now Barry and Company have decided that only steps 1 and 2 are necessary.

Odd.

Going to re-read my copy of the Constitution. Evidently there’s mention of an EXPIRATION date in there somewhere.

GarandFan on March 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Libya was flat-out un-Constitutional, every which way. Barky should be wearing an orange jumpsuit for that. Unreal.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I miss Don Rumsfeld.

b1jetmech on March 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Stunning.

Panetta: Make no mistake, the President has the authority to defend this nation…….but needs Congressional international permission first.

WisRich on March 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

b1jetmech on March 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Pardon my spelling and grammar…frustration took over(sigh)

b1jetmech on March 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The executive in general needs its wings clipped.

Karmashock on March 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Would somebody remind Obama and his crew that the US military is not a plaything for supporting his pals in the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not in our national to engage in a civil disturbance in another country. Allow these oil-rich ME nations to expend their own wealth in sorting out their differences.

onlineanalyst on March 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

The One doesn’t recognize the War Powers Act — even though his own lawyers do.

Neither do I and neither should any conservative. The WPA is unconstitutional.

Dante on March 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Paging Sherlock Holmes, we need you to search high and low for Boehners backbone it’s been missing for a very longtime!

Sandybourne on March 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Would somebody remind Obama and his crew that the US military is not a plaything for supporting his pals in the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not in our national to engage in a civil disturbance in another country. Allow these oil-rich ME nations to expend their own wealth in sorting out their differences.

onlineanalyst on March 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

^this

batterup on March 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

All things aside…What’s with the General George Armstrong Custer vertical star shoulder boards???

Is this normal military dress???

I don’t remember seeing this before.

BigWyo on March 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

We are doomed.

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Damn, I’m gonna have to increase my whiskey allowance if this keeps up…oh wait…

lovingmyUSA on March 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Wasn’t it last week that Panetta told us that we could take out Iran with no difficulty, and now they need a coalition to bomb Syria. What happen in a week that lead to this kind of talk? I doubt if there is anybody or anything in Syria worth wasting time on in the first place.
What kind of coalition are they going to need to, in Obama’s words “cover the Israeli’s back”?

savage24 on March 7, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Soooo…basically, Panetta just told the entirety of Congress to go f*ck itself, and if they (the Executive Branch) decided that a U.N. or Nato or some other type of resolution is good enough to catapult the U.S. Military into war, then thats it?

Thats the legality that Panetta was talking about? I just want to make sure I heard it correctly…he said “Let me make it perfectly clear…” right? Im not hearing things?

MooCow has said it before…MooCow will say it again…

It is long past time to water the Tree of Liberty, Make the Grass Grow, and Let Freedom Ring.

I believe we are all familiar with the following “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”.

When are we going to say that it has become necessary? How much longer do we wait?

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Unfreakin Real —- American Taxpayers are the last ones asked .. and it’s plain to see they pick the ones to take out .. in time ( our Allies) ..

wheels on March 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Panetta: “Our legal authority to conduct war resides in the international community. We’ll certainly try to inform Congress of what the WH and other countries intend to use the US military for, but we certainly don’t need any authorization from Congress.”

BobMbx on March 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

This is like the movie Groundhog Day!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

The Obama Doctrine.

JavelinaBomb on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Libya was flat-out un-Constitutional, every which way. Barky should be wearing an orange jumpsuit for that. Unreal.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It was worse than that. It was about the stupidest thing that could have been done given what was and is going on in the mideast and un-Constitutional.

Sultanofsham on March 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Time to revoke the ManCard of the entire Obama Administration.

peski on March 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Time to revoke the ManCard of the entire Obama Administration.

peski on March 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

On second thought, Hillary might be able to keep hers, but she’s on double secret probation.

peski on March 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

That Panetta guy just broke my happy.

honeybadger on March 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Paging Sherlock Holmes, we need you to search high and low for Boehners backbone it’s been missing for a very longtime!

Sandybourne on March 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Ok, House Leadership ManCard revoked as well.

peski on March 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Panetta reminds us every day, just how unqualified and ill-suited he is to be Secretary of Defense.

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

How many of these has the Communist in Charge done? Seriously…how many????

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Approval? He actually said, on multiple occasions, “permission”.

Blaise on March 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Best outcome would be for Assad to settle this quickly, and then give the finger to Obama.

OldEnglish on March 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Best outcome would be for Assad to settle this quickly, and then give the finger to Obama.

OldEnglish on March 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

No…the best outcome is to remove him and his from office with vehemence and great prejudice, and try him and his for High Treason, and mete out just punishment for this most horrific of crimes.

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

When the hell is some adult going to take charge of this bunch?? I thought we had a military whose oath was to The Constitution.

retiredeagle on March 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

This weak kneed appeaser we have as president is an embarrassment to everything our military has fought and died for for the last 200 years. Like MOOOchelle Obama, I’m almost embarrassed to say this is our president.

MJZZZ on March 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I think maybe now…

… Senator Sessions is realizing that the gloves should have come off long ago, and the time to panic has long since passed.

What does Obowma have to do before anyone even mentions the word “Impeachment” or “Arrest”…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Interesting how Panetta cites Libya and Bosnia– both democratic presidential operations– and fails to mention Gulf War I, OIF, or, OEF– Republican campaigns. Seems they selective edit history to suit themselves.

steved95 on March 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Panetta: “Our legal authority to conduct war resides in the international community. We’ll certainly try to inform Congress of what the WH and other countries intend to use the US military for, but we certainly don’t need any authorization from Congress.”
BobMbx on March 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Must be that ” global test “

Sonosam on March 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Since you mention treason, may I assume that you are referring to Obama?

OldEnglish on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I’m almost embarrassed to say this is our president.

MJZZZ on March 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Good lord, man. What will it take to push you over the edge? I made the leap back in 2008.

BobMbx on March 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I am just so fed up. There should be military types retiring in disgust and running for office as well as screaming from the rooftops what this phony is doing to our country!!!!!!!

retiredeagle on March 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Why isn’t there 1,000+ comments of outrage on this post…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I;m starting to like Ron Paul!

Ron Paul/KookSpinach 2012!

ConcealedKerry on March 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Time to act, lamb of God, have mercy……….

dmann on March 7, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Why isn’t there 1,000+ comments of outrage on this post…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

It’s bury the head in the sand time for too many. The car is already over the cliff. The question is, when do we fire up the gulags?

tom daschle concerned on March 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Where are the Repunks who would live up to their oaths of office and challenge him, force him before the courts, or Impeach?
Silence of the lambs!

ConcealedKerry on March 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

This is all further proof that the fix is in to demolish this country. All this semantic tap dancing and bs is all show. No body is going to do squat!! I suggest we all strap in and get ready for the ride, because it is going to get bumpy and who knows how it is going to end.

retiredeagle on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Hmmm…..didn’t GWB have the backing of the UN? Didn’t GWB have the backing of NATO? Didn’t Bush get authorization from Congress?

And yet the left pilloried him.

GarandFan on March 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Of course it was an illegal war. What, you were expecting logic?

jdkchem on March 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“What if they gave a war and nobody came”? Perhaps the joint chiefs will grow some man parts and refuse to break the rules of the game, I’d love to see Barry throw a hissy fit.

subsonic on March 7, 2012 at 11:18 PM

This is all further proof that the fix is in to demolish this country. All this semantic tap dancing and bs is all show. No body is going to do squat!! I suggest we all strap in and get ready for the ride, because it is going to get bumpy and who knows how it is going to end.

retiredeagle on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

No. You can strap in if you want, and take it like a prison bitch, but MooCow will never let these a-holes take it to the limit. If push comes to shove, there are some of us who would rather die on our feet, like true Patriotic Americans, than live on our knees…like a prison bitch.

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Since you mention treason, may I assume that you are referring to Obama?

OldEnglish on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

You may assume whatever you like. Its a free country…for now.

MooCowBang on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Constitution?

We don’t need no stinking Constitution!

profitsbeard on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 PM

We need international approval … but maybe not Congress’s approval

This administration MUST be removed from Washington as soon as possible. They don’t even know to whom their responsibilities lie and what their constitutional obligations are.

crosspatch on March 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Has anyone seen this on any of the legacy media outlets? I don’t watch them, but I bet they will be all over this…

d1carter on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Seriously… Speechless.

deeba33 on March 7, 2012 at 11:35 PM

What if the international community gave him authority to invade … Texas?

kurtzz3 on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

As I understand it…

The administration has time to travel all over the world looking for permission to go to war…

But does not have time to walk across the street to ask Congress?

The only way to get rid of this entire administration is to clean house this fall. Not just by voting, but by demanding our representatives thoroughly clean the house. From top to bottom.

gobblemom on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The REAL question is, when do we fit the textbook definition of “tar and feathers” or “pitchforks and torches”?

Who is John Galt on March 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

How do you feel about Holder’s statement regarding killing American citizens and due process?

“Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,”

Wendya on March 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Treason.

Nom de Boom on March 8, 2012 at 12:20 AM

You neoconservatives are shocked by this?

Just pretend it’s John Bolton or Condi Rice saying it…

Seriously. You guys also find ways around the rule of law.

Torture, assassinations and civil liberty violations..

But I am glad to see that you’re shocked by this.

Welcome back to the farm

fatlibertarianinokc on March 8, 2012 at 12:25 AM

All things aside…What’s with the General George Armstrong Custer vertical star shoulder boards???

Is this normal military dress???

I don’t remember seeing this before.

BigWyo on March 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

New Army dress uniforms (called Class “A”s’) which harken back to and are replica’s of the era you so correctly named. This new Class A was adopted several years ago and the green A’s with which we were all so familiar will soon be a thing of the past, if not already.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/08/army_newblueuniform_082008w/
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/army/a/serviceuniform.htm

As far as intervention….can we please FOR ONCE just let the damn hajis kill each other?! Please?!

Just as in Libya you have an evil arsehole on one side and Al-Qaeda/multiple terrorists on the other

SgtSVJones on March 8, 2012 at 12:37 AM

This is very troubling. Mr. Panetta has stated, at the behest of the president no doubt, a new directive for our military. That in order to use our military around the globe, we need to establish a legal basis!
Disgraceful!
Un-constitutional!
Un-American!
Scary!
We are much less safe as a nation under this lawless bunch of fools!!!!!!

Mark7788 on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 AM

You neoconservatives are shocked by this?

Just pretend it’s John Bolton or Condi Rice saying it…

Seriously. You guys also find ways around the rule of law.

Torture, assassinations and civil liberty violations..

But I am glad to see that you’re shocked by this.

Welcome back to the farm

fatlibertarianinokc on March 8, 2012 at 12:25 AM

This is where you liberal douchebags fail. You see, we would have to imagine Ms. Rice, or Mr. Bolton saying it, because they never would. Unlike your liberal communist leaders, who flagrantly tout it. Do you see the hypocrisy here? Do you see the double standard?

MooCowBang on March 8, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Just pretend it’s John Bolton or Condi Rice saying it…

fatlibertarianinokc

We’d have to pretend, because neither of them would say it. And if they did, they’d be called out for it too. Try again, Paultard.

xblade on March 8, 2012 at 1:48 AM

So you guys are against the Patriot Act now?

Replace “international” with “war on terror”

Unconstitutional wars, without a declaration of war from the Congress?

NDAA?

The former war in Libya?

Soon to come in Syria?

The point is we need to be consistent in our outrage.

fatlibertarianinokc on March 8, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Ummmmm…why is it OK for Dems to start military aggression, but isn’t for anyone else? I vaguely remember Bush being crucified for wanting to invade Iran.

And Congress needs to get off their duffs, and head this “We don’t have to have Congress’ approval” crap off at the pass, instead of passively allowing this sort of thing. This is BS of the worse sort.

I like to think I’m not a racist (Paki/black/Irish female, who am I going to be racist against?), but this crap of Obama doing anything he damn well pleases, because Congress is too afraid to fight him, lest they be called “racist”, has absolutely GOT to stop. This jerk is driving this country straight down the crapper, just because the Congress is too cowardly to do anything, lest they be called RRRRAAAACCCCCIIIIISSSSTTT. Bad publicity, dontcha know.

Had a Repub tried to start ANYTHING in Syria, or anywhere else in the Middle East, he’d have been crucified by the libs and the media, and we all damn well know it.

Beam me up, Scotty.

sage0925 on March 8, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Bow down before the ones you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve.

CorporatePiggy on March 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Wow…that’s awesome…almost as good as “The masses are asses”. Spoken by my father, the now deceased liberal Sociology professor. Only smart thing I think he ever really said.

sage0925 on March 8, 2012 at 3:22 AM

This is astonishing and quite disturbing.

ghostwriter on March 8, 2012 at 6:17 AM

“The masses are asses”.

As coined by HL Mencken.

DevilsPrinciple on March 8, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Paging Code Pink
Paging Cindy Sheehan
Paging A.N.S.W.E.R.

Hello?

Hello?

*series of clicks and white courtesy phone goes to dial tone*

Left Coast Right Mind on March 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

That a great point but you missed our trolls. Not one, (how telling is this) not one liberal troll that normally drops their poison pearls of wisdom on any thread at the drop of a hat had a damn thing to say here. A full night this thread is up (where I note they’ve been posting comments all over the rest of the threads on Hot Air), they don’t have the courage to comment here. Cowards in deed and cowards in convictions and word.

You would have thought the perpetually recycled one would have come by to at least call us unsophisticated rednecks.

hawkdriver on March 8, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Right after being voted in as Speaker of the House, Pelosi went to Syria.
Why send our soldiers? Let Pelosi go back there…for good.
She can even start her own Occupy Syria group! H^ll, Barney, Reid, and Weiner can camp out together, and Boener too!!
**shudders**

askwhatif on March 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Panetta you dolt . . . you act in the best interests of the United States and to hell with the international community. This entire administration is a nothing but a gaggle of anti- American Marxists.

rplat on March 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Ummmmm…why is it OK for Dems to start military aggression, but isn’t for anyone else? I vaguely remember Bush being crucified for wanting to invade Iran.

See, the Iranians were supplying IEDs and assistance to AQ and the other mongrels to kill Iraqis and our troops who were trying to establish a lawful government

That would have been a net loss for the commie scum totalitarianists therefore they provided cover for Iran and made it politically impossible to fry the republican guard or whoever else was responsible

The leftist sheet age were protecting our enemy

To the gallows they should be taken to

Sonosam on March 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Sheet age =. Sheet bags

Sonosam on March 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I personally don’t care what happens to Syrians. There is actually more violence that affects us directly in Mexico. Yesterday the Zeta cartel seized a border town and terrorized the city forcing closure of the border crossing in Eagle Pass Texas.

FireBlogger on March 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

COMPLAINT TO HOT AIR:
Now that you have recently implemented an automatic refresh of ALL Hot Air web pages …….. It’s not consumer friendly to be viewing a video embedded within your web page and then have the auto refresh occur, thus aborting the in-progress video. Sure, if you must, auto refresh the Hot Air homepage, but please don’t auto refresh the content pages, especially those that contain video.

Thank You.

Carnac on March 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

This is crazy, sending weapons to Syrians? Libya was not a template for how to act in this situation. Even humanitarian aid will end up in Hamas’ and hezbollah’s hands. Do not do anything.

jake49 on March 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Panetta Globalist Speaketh.

Dr Evil on March 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

This is what Kerry meant by “an International Test.”

I have some new slogans for the recruiters:

The Army. It’s Not Just a Job. It’s Being the Hand Maiden of the European Union.

America’s Navy. A Global Force for America-Hating Euroweenies.

Air Force: Aim High. That Way You’ll Miss the Target.

National Guard. Oh, By the Way, It’s Other Nations You’re Guarding.

Border Patrol: the Attorney General Has Your Back

Secret Service: Because With So Many Gala Events, The POTUS Needs More Household Help

KorlaPundit on March 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

They screamed at Bush for his “illegal War” even though he was backed by TWO congressional approvals over 14 months. Now the Left says “we don’t even need that, we will go to war where ever we want as long as WE think it is right.”

No say for the American people, though it is our children they feed into the machine to be spat out broken and changed.

Bulletchaser on March 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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