Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) appeared stunned during a March 7 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when first Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey and then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the Administration of President Barack Obama needed only an international legal basis to go to war, and Congress would be an afterthought.
What’s truly stunning is that Sessions would be surprised. Congress has been derelict in its duty for some time and has essentially allowed the President to function as an emperor. It ceded its authority after 9/11 when it allowed President George W. Bush to engage in the vaguely defined War on Terror and send American troops around the globe. Obama upped the ante in Pakistan and Libya and may be on the verge of doing so in Syria and Iran.
Congress has become a ceremonial body. Its 535 members are more interested in lining their own pockets and passing legislation to benefit the banksters and large corporations than in Constitutional governance.