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Libya is “a mess” and the plan pushed by Hillary Clinton that ended in the overthrow and death of long-time dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi “didn’t work,” President Barack Obama said.
Sources have said that Obama leaned against intervention but was ultimately persuaded by then-secretary of state Clinton.
“We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion – which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap,” said Obama, speaking with the The Atlantic magazine in a piece published on March 10.
“We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict.”
“And despite all that, Libya is a mess,” he said.
The 2011 military intervention in Libya ultimately “didn’t work” the president said.
Obama also blamed lack of support from European and Gulf allies for the failure of the mission.
“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 follow-up,” Obama said.