Obama says not having a 'day after' plan for Libya his biggest mistake

President Obama told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the worst mistake of his presidency was the lack of a plan for Libya after Gaddafi was overthrown.

Bloomberg:

“Probably failing to plan for the day after,” Obama said in the session, which was taped at the University of Chicago on April 7. He added that intervening in Libya “was the right thing to do.”

The Libya operation and its chaotic aftermath has been resurrected in the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s in part because of the increasing presence of the Islamic State there, and U.S. airstrikes to disrupt its operation.

Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, as Obama’s secretary of state, strongly supported the intervention. In a 2011 interview with CBS News when still secretary, Clinton said of Qaddafi, “We came. We saw. He died.”

At a March 7 town hall meeting, Clinton said what has happened since then “is deeply regrettable. There have been forces coming from the outside, internal squabbles that have led to the instability that has given terrorist groups, including ISIS, a foothold in some parts of Libya.”

“I think it’s fair to say, however, if there had not been” an intervention “we would be looking at something much more resembling Syria now, than what we faced in Libya,” she said in March.

What's better about Libya compared to Syria?  Both countries are failed states.  Both harbor numerous terror groups, including the Islamic State.  Both have seen failed efforts by the U.S. and European countries to broker any kind of peace.

If Clinton is claiming a that Libya is in better shape than Syria, I'd hate to live off the difference.

As for Obama's claim that a lack of Libya planning was his worst mistake, for once, he's telling the truth.  Not only is Libya a mess, but Gaddafi's huge stockpile of small and medium arms ended up in the hands of Islamist militias in Syria, dramatically increasing the violence of that conflict.  As for future threats to the U.S. at home and abroad, it's hard to argue that the monumental failure in Libya didn't contribute to placing Americans and America in danger.

And as further evidence that we will be suffering the consequences of Obama's incompetence for years to come, we are about to take in 100,000 refugees from Syria and other war-torn nations like Libya.  No one in the U.S. government can credibly make the case that none of those potential refugees is a terrorist, so Americans will bear the brunt of the Obama/Clinton "mistake" in Libya for years to come.

President Obama told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the worst mistake of his presidency was the lack of a plan for Libya after Gaddafi was overthrown.

Bloomberg:

“Probably failing to plan for the day after,” Obama said in the session, which was taped at the University of Chicago on April 7. He added that intervening in Libya “was the right thing to do.”

The Libya operation and its chaotic aftermath has been resurrected in the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s in part because of the increasing presence of the Islamic State there, and U.S. airstrikes to disrupt its operation.

Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, as Obama’s secretary of state, strongly supported the intervention. In a 2011 interview with CBS News when still secretary, Clinton said of Qaddafi, “We came. We saw. He died.”

At a March 7 town hall meeting, Clinton said what has happened since then “is deeply regrettable. There have been forces coming from the outside, internal squabbles that have led to the instability that has given terrorist groups, including ISIS, a foothold in some parts of Libya.”

“I think it’s fair to say, however, if there had not been” an intervention “we would be looking at something much more resembling Syria now, than what we faced in Libya,” she said in March.

What's better about Libya compared to Syria?  Both countries are failed states.  Both harbor numerous terror groups, including the Islamic State.  Both have seen failed efforts by the U.S. and European countries to broker any kind of peace.

If Clinton is claiming a that Libya is in better shape than Syria, I'd hate to live off the difference.

As for Obama's claim that a lack of Libya planning was his worst mistake, for once, he's telling the truth.  Not only is Libya a mess, but Gaddafi's huge stockpile of small and medium arms ended up in the hands of Islamist militias in Syria, dramatically increasing the violence of that conflict.  As for future threats to the U.S. at home and abroad, it's hard to argue that the monumental failure in Libya didn't contribute to placing Americans and America in danger.

And as further evidence that we will be suffering the consequences of Obama's incompetence for years to come, we are about to take in 100,000 refugees from Syria and other war-torn nations like Libya.  No one in the U.S. government can credibly make the case that none of those potential refugees is a terrorist, so Americans will bear the brunt of the Obama/Clinton "mistake" in Libya for years to come.