Obama: Hillary’s Libya plan ‘didn’t work’ and now the country is ‘a mess’

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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.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011. /Reuters
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011. /Reuters

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.

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