Obama Blames Britain, France for Libya

Obama criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron and other European allies for the “**** show” in Libya after the 2011 international intervention.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Mr. Obama said that Mr. Cameron became “distracted” after the 2011 intervention and said the U.K., France and other European countries went rouge, calling them “free riders.”

Following the Arab Spring uprising, an international military intervention helped prevent a civilian massacre by forces loyal to then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, but since his removal the country has become a hotbed for terrorism.

“When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the followup,” Mr. Obama said.



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2 thoughts on “Obama Blames Britain, France for Libya

  1. UN-be-lie-va-ble.
    Obama: “I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.”
    First, let’s translate it into plain English: “I was banking on the Europeans finishing what I started because I started it in their back yard.”
    So he’s dumping on the rest of the world now, in particular Europe and, especially, England, for not rescuing his political backside by mopping up the almighty MESS engineered in Libya by Obama, Clinton & Co.
    Obama had “more faith”…. I.e., he was practicing the geopolitical art of Wishful Thinking (which is, of course, just what everybody wants in a president), supposing that, because the Europeans were closer (?!) to Libya they’d have no choice but to settle the matter, leaving Obama to bask, nose aimed heaven-ward, in the glory. One wonders: what with the rest of the glory accumulating from the Arab Spring and the Russian Reset, just how much glory can one person stand?
    Between “having faith” that everybody else would pick up the slack and fix his messes, and trusting in Almighty History to descend like a deus ex machina and solve problems like Putin– because, you see, Putin’s “on the wrong side of history” (GIT ‘im, History, and GIVE ‘im what-fer!)–Barack Obama proved himself an incompetent, inept and, indeed, disastrous figure on the geopolitical stage. And now, like a sullen teenager, he’s sulking, and out loud. ‘Cause it didn’t go the way he wanted. So…it’s gotta be somebody’s fault.
    What he fails to understand, it seems, is that his own sullen pronouncements will starkly confirm to one and all the catastrophic degree to which, from the very beginning, he was in way over his head. While he was “having faith” and calling on the demi-god History to fix the problems, real players on the world stage were capitalizing on the Void in the Oval Office to dig in and advance their aims on the ground.
    Obama seems to believe in the magical power of History to solve everything–somewhat similar, philosophically, to the way the Soviets believed in the evolutionary inevitability of The Communist Man to solve everything….some day… far away…after innumerable human souls had been crushed under the treads of the Evolutionary Tank.
    The horrifying reality presenting itself is that we have had a president for nearly eight years who lives in blithe oblivion to the fact that “history” IS the accumulation of real-world decisions made right now, one hopes courageously, in the face of often monumentally dreadful odds. You MAKE history; you don’t bank on it to save your butt.
    I am imagining Winston Churchill in 1939, making a speech to the nation that doesn’t go anything like “We will fight them on the sea, we will fight them on the land… we will never surrender”. Instead it goes, “We know today that Hitler and the Nazis must fail because they are on the wrong side of history. Our task as a nation is to help Herr Hitler change his calculus and find an off-ramp. I have faith in the nations of the world getting invested in the follow-up. We will NEVER…er…well, whatever it is, we won’t. And now if you’ll excuse me, I have some golf and fund-raising to do….”
    About six months Hitler would have been waving to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace….

    1. Ken, Thank you for your very astute and cogent comment. Obummer is clearly trying to re-write his legacy. You nailed it.

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