Watch Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey argue, in response to questions from Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions, that “international permission” provides the “legal basis” for military action by the United States.
The whole clip is worth listening to. But if you’re short on time, listen to 2:40 through 4:40. Sessions asks if Panetta thinks the Administration could act militarily in Syria without Congressional approval. “[The Administration's] goal,” says Panetta, “would be to seek international permission, and we would come to the Congress and inform you. . . .”