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Dangerous Idea about Defense

Recorded on March 9, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.


Something dangerous was revealed to Congress last week. Senators were told by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the Obama Administration claims our military gets authority to act from only two places: 1-Orders that come from the President or 2-approval issued by international bodies like the United Nations or NATO.


Amazed Senators pointed out that our Constitution says something totally different. The President is Commander-in-Chief, but our military gets its other directions from the U.S. Congress. The Constitution gives Congress the sole authority to declare war and the sole authority to define and punish offenses by other nations.


Our government is wisely divided into three branches--and none of them are given total control. And no international body is given sovereignty over the USA.


When a President or his people claim otherwise, that's a danger sign for America.


From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.