Panetta Cites 'Int'l Permission,' Not Congress, As 'Legal Basis' For Action In Syria
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WASHINGTON, March 7â€”Under question from Sen. Sessions at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey indicated that "international permission," rather than Congressional approval, provided a 'legal basis' for military action by the United States.