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President Obama: Libya aftermath 'worst mistake' of presidency

“Probably failing to plan for the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya”

BBC News reporting: President of the United States Barack Obama has admitted that his inability to prepare for the utter chaos that followed the death of Lybian leader Col Muammar Gaddafi was his worst mistake in the office.

Mr. Obama was answering a series of questions on his presidency’s highs and lows in an interview with Fox News. During this interview he said that intervention of Lybia was absolutely "the right thing to do,” but later admitted that it wasn’t thought out through and through.

Though U.S. and other countries carried out strikes designed to protect civilians in the 2011 uprising, some experts have criticized those as unlawful and even warmongering. While this is a subject of the debates, one thing became very clear. Soon after NATO forces withdrew from the area, leaving ruined cities behind, the already bad situation became much, much worse.

After the former Libyan leader was killed, Libya plunged into chaos with militias taking over and two rival parliaments and governments forming.

So-called Islamic State (IS) gained a foothold, and Libya became a major departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe.

UN-backed national unity government arrived in the capital Tripoli earlier this month but is waiting to take charge. Western Lybia is now under control of the faction, which leader has threatened to prosecute any his ministers who’ll co-operate with Tripoli.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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