http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.CON.RES.107: On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Obama administration would seek “international permission” before engaging in war in Syria. Besides the possibility that it is merely a ruse — as there is growing evidence that the United States may already be covertly involved in Syria’s war — for the United States to seek permission from other nations to go to war is unconstitutional. For that reason, Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C., left) has just introduced House Concurrent Resolution 107, calling for the impeachment of the President if he declares war without congressional approval. Jones's resolution, which calls upon the U.S. House — with the Senate concurring — to prevent President Obama from starting yet another war without Congress declaring war. HCR 107 states: 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. Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution. The Obama administration has openly rejected the constitutional requirement of seeking congressional approval for U.S. military engagement. SOURCE Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday that the Obama administration would seek "international permission" before intervening military in Syria's civil war. Both men left open, however, the question of whether the approval of Congress would be either sought or required. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) pressed Panetta repeatedly on that question, but failed to get a definitive answer. "We're worried about international legal basis, but no one's worried about the fundamental constitutional legal basis that this Congress has over war," Sessions protested. Referring to the last year's bombing raids by the United States and United Nations allies in Libya, Sessions said: "We were not asked, stunningly, in direct violation of the War Powers Act, whether or not you believe it's constitutional, [the Libyan raids] certainly didn't comply with it. We spent our time worrying about the UN, the Arab League, NATO, and too little time worrying about the elected representatives of the United States," Sessions said. "Do you think you can act without Congress and initiate a No Fly Zone in Syria, without congressional approval?" he asked Panetta. SOURCE The sense of congress I have to laugh every time I see “It is the sense of Congress” as a prelude to some statement made by congress. There is not one of us out here who believes for a minute that Congress has any sense at all, of anything, at any time. So absorbed in their own self-enrichment, so arrogant in their disregard for the people they were sent to the District of Criminals to represent, these same individuals were just informed that essentially…….their services were no longer needed. < snip > Why did these Senators, including Jeff Sessions, sit there and take this? Why did not one of these arrogant, self serving jackasses leap from their seats and demand the immediate arrest of these two traitors? The answer is simple actually. Congress no longer has the power or authority to object to anything, or to assert themselves. Whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans, congress has for years, shot itself in the foot so many times by initiating, acquiescing to, and constructing global agreements that forfeited our sovereignty and along with it their own power and authority; they have rendered them selves useless. Every time they voted against us, the people they were supposed to represent, they brought them selves one step closer to being out of a job. Panetta and Dempsey just handed them their pink slip. As for that bill by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina? Not one co-sponsor. Not one supporter in that collection of bloated, self serving congressmen. Now the questions: Why should we, the American public, continue to finance the military on any level if it is no longer subject to US control? Since Panetta and Dempsey have declared that our military is now under control of foreign organizations and agents, will they allow service members to choose whether they want to continue in service to a foreign organization or be relieved of any further obligations? Will the United Nations and NATO now assume all costs of military actions? Will these foreign organizations that Panetta and Dempsey have subjected our military to, now assume all costs associated with military expansion, including funding the military industrial complex? And finally, considering the failure of “congress” to defend the nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, which I assume includes domestic enemies working for foreign organizations but collecting a paycheck from US taxpayers; will congress voluntarily step down and acknowledge their complicity in this treason against these United States? SOURCE In case you hadn't heard.