Obama blames Libya ‘s–t show,’ rise of ISIS on allies. Cannot take responsibility for anything he does
President Obama, the man who embraced a “lead from behind” strategy to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from power in 2011, now blames the “s–t show” of Islamic extremists filling the void on European allies.
Obama sat down with the Atlantic for its April issue and told author Jeffery Goldberg that “free riders” in Europe are largely to blame for Libya’s unraveling after Gadhafi was deposed. Vice President Joe Biden and then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates were not in favor intervening into the country’s affairs, but a faction of Obama’s team led by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prevailed.
“What I said at that point was, we should act as part of an international coalition. But because this is not at the core of our interests, we need to get a U.N. mandate; we need Europeans and Gulf countries to be actively involved in the coalition; we will apply the military capabilities that are unique to us, but we expect others to carry their weight,” Obama told the magazine. “We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected. … And despite all that, Libya is a mess.”
“Mess is the president’s diplomatic term; privately, he calls Libya a ‘s—t show,’ in part because it’s subsequently become an ISIS haven – one that he has already targeted with air strikes,” the Atlantic reported.
Obama admitted that one of his missteps in Libya was to have “faith in the Europeans” and their ability to stay committed to the task.