Saturday Jun 18, 201106:42 PM GMT
Obama running Nixon-era 'imperial presidency'
Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:43PM
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Abayomi Azikiwi, editor at Detroit-based Pan-African News Wire, questions the rationale of U.S. military involvement in Libya, saying the Obama administration is conjuring up the notion of Nixon-era “imperial presidency.”

 

It just harkens back to what was talked about during the Nixon administration some 40 years ago”, Azikiwi said in an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Saturday.

 

The whole notion of an imperial presidency that anything that the president does whether it's legal or illegal is considered justifiable because the White house is initiating the policy,” he added.

 

He said that there is “no basis for the war against Libya” since that country has never posed any threat to the American people or U.S. interests.

 

"The ongoing military campaign against strongman Muammar Gaddafi is just a cover in an attempt to topple the regime in Tripoli and to install a puppet government in order to further exploit the oil and natural gas resources of that North African country,” Azikiwi noticed.

 

Under the War Powers Act of 1973, any president should seek congressional approval within 60 days of starting military activities overseas and is obligated to withdraw American forces within the next 30 days if Congress does not authorize the use of force.

 

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