OK, I lied. It’s not stunning at all, it’s expected. But it did knock Sen. Jeff Sessions-AL off his feet. Panetta specifically stated that the President has any authority necessary under the Constitution to defend this country, no Congressional involvement necessary. He also made clear that in situations requiring a coalition of nations, the administration will seek approval of an international entity, be it the U.N. or NATO for example, before they MAY seek Congressional approval. Congress, you’ve been punk’d! What are you going to do about your standing as a mere bystander in the defense of our country as defined in the Constitution? Every member of Congress should be calling for an emergency session immediately to address this flagrant violation of the Constitution and the separation of powers.