about time

I wish.

Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

Specifically, Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war, a restriction that has been sorely tested in recent years, including Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya.

He should have been impeached then.

In an exclusive WND column, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo claims that Jones introduced his House Concurrent Resolution 107 in response to startling recent comments from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

“This week it was Secretary of Defense Panetta’s declaration before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he and President Obama look not to the Congress for authorization to bomb Syria but to NATO and the United Nations,” Tancredo writes. “This led to Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., introducing an official resolution calling for impeachment should Obama take offensive action based on Panetta’s policy statement, because it would violate the Constitution.”

In response to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., over who determines the proper and legal use of the U.S. military, Panetta said, “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.” [more]

Why is this even a question?


  1. mojo
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm |

    “Sense of the Congress” is an oxymoron.

    BTW: somebody needs to write an article. Call it “Big Suck: The New Breitbart site”

  2. PeggyU
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm |

    I don’t trust that Congress will grow a spine in time to curb the monster it has created through its own waffling lack of commitment.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm |

    It’s a question because we let the RNC Stupid Party lose control of the Senate in 2006 and again in 2010. As long as Reid controls that house, there is nothing to keep Uhbama & Co. in check.

  4. Windy Wilson
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm |

    It is a question because it would not be a question if this had come up during the Bush Administration. It would have been passed faster than National Motherhood and Apple Pie Day.
    Oh, for the days when more than half the congresscritters had (r ) after their names, so the Mainstream media slime balls knew what their phoneybaloney jobs were supposed to be.

  5. Paul
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm |

    Better late than never.

    Maybe Obama will chicken out and not run for re-election. Then sit back and watch the sparks fly as the Democrats fight to get on top of the DNC heap.

    You know, even Jimmy Carter had more guts than Obama.