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Obama points finger at Britain, France over Libya chaos

In the interview, Obama calls the situation in Libya a "mess", all thanks to the leaders of Great Britain and France

United States’ president Barack Obama has expressed strong criticism towards the way the leaders of the United Kingdom and France treated Lybia with their policies, after a successful overthrow and murder of dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He admitted that his biggest mistake was to believe in the competence of his European allies and that he thought they’d be "more invested in the follow-up" to Qaddafi's fall. 

These harsh words came out of his mouth during an interview with The Atlantic magazine. His criticism of British Prime Minister David Cameron was probably the strongest one of any given criticisms of a sitting U.K. leader by a sitting president. The bulk of the blame was attributed to the fact that Cameron became "distracted by a range of other things." 

"When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there's room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans," Obama says.

However, French president Nicolas Sarkozy got his share of critique for being too eager to take credit for the intervention that overthrow Qaddafi, who was killed by rebel forces in October 2011. 

"Sarkozy wanted to trumpet the flights he was taking in the air campaign," Obama said, "despite the fact that [the U.S.] had wiped out all the air defenses and essentially set up the entire infrastructure."

The other thing Obama mentioned in his rant was the so-called "special relationship" between Britain and the U.S. He said that if the London government will not commit to spending 2% of country’s GDP on defense then this relationship will not last. 
"Free riders aggravate me," Obama says at one point in the interview.

Contrary to Mr. President’s opinion, British Prime Minister still believes that combined intervention in Libya was "absolutely the right thing to do."

Meanwhile, a U.N. report published Thursday said that ISIS had "significantly expanded" the amount of territory in controls in Libya.
"While ISIL does not currently generate direct revenue from the exploitation of oil in Libya, its attacks against oil installations seriously compromise the country's economic stability," the six-member panel said, using another name for the terror group. "Libyans have increasingly fallen victim to the terrorist group's brutalities, culminating in several mass killings."

According to many experts, Libya has become an increasingly attractive place for foreign fighters to go to and their presence in the south "is symptomatic of the regional dimension of the conflict." It added that countries in the region have been providing political support -- and possibly more -- to various groups, further fueling the continuation of fighting.

The experts said in the report to the U.N. Security Council that all parties in the conflict are continuing to receive illicit arms transfers, some with support from U.N. member countries.
By Stefan Paraber for GIA
 

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

It has been said that a victory has many claimers but a failure is an orphan. There are various loopholes in Obama’s argument. He claimed that because Libya “is not at the core of our interests, we need to get a UN mandate; we need Europeans and Gulf countries to be actively involved in the coalition.” But if Libya was not a core US interest, why did the US have to get involved in the first place? Supposedly, one would argue, to save Libyan lives. But tens of thousands were killed due to and following the Western intervention. What most people do not know is that Gaddafi was threatened by al Qaeda and radical jihadist groups, who in fact received help from NATO. A majority of Libyans supported Gaddafi and Libya was a prosperous and stable country prior, as a friend who lived there testified to me personally. But Gaddafi was removed by the US, France and the UK, due issues which had nothing to do with humanitarianism. Sarkozy owed a heavy financial debt to Gaddafi who provided for his campaign and Sarkozy got rid of his debt by destroying Libya. What the US achieved in Libya was the take-over of Islamic radicals and the deaths of many innocents. To claim that ““the degree of tribal division in Libya was greater than our analysts had expected” is to engage in outright lying as anyone who knew the ABC about Libya, knew it was a tribal society held stable by Gaddafi. The creation of chaos in the Middle East is not a mistake. It is the US’ open goal and otherwise its actions on the ground make little sense. From Iraq, to Libya, to Syria, US has been toppling or attempting to topple stable secular regimes and allowing chaos to take over. Of course, Obama blamed France and the UK while absolving himself and Hillary Clinton. He claims that “we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict” but forgot to mention that the jihadist uprising against Gaddafi was supported by Western intelligence agencies and that the creation of chaos in the Middle East allows the US to maintain its hegemonic economy, as even Yannis Varoufakis 

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