I was interviewed this morning (pre-coffee, unfortunately) by Press TV on a provision in a House bill that could make it even easier for presidents to start new war. Here’s their summary of the interview:
The House Armed Services Committee has expanded the Bush-era “war on terror” bill, with amendments that would allow any president to unilaterally take the country into war.
Asked about the new extended bill, James Bovard, Policy Advisor for The Future of Freedom Foundation, said “It is not really a law at all. It is more just a grant of arbitrary power from the Congress to the President, and not just Obama but any future president.”
“This is exactly the type of thing that the founding fathers wanted to avoid,” he told Press TV’s U.S. Desk in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
Bovard pointed to what he described as an inherent “contradiction” within the new bill, since “laws are supposed to be clear, defined and limited.”
He also said that since President Barack Obama had found a “pretext” to bomb Libya based on “good intentions,” he clearly did not need any more power.
U.S. politicians have not “let U.S. laws stand in the way of their foreign policy,” he stated.