It can be admittedly considered one of the most beloved former US presidentsHowever, Barack Obama has publicly stated in an interview what he considers to be his biggest mistake during his presidency, which he has, in fact, regretted.
In February 2011, it was reported that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was violently targeting civilians in response to peaceful demonstrations in Benghazi, grunge.com reports. In response, the United Nations took action, mobilizing NATO forces to help protect the Libyan people from violence perpetrated by their own government.
Barack Obama: What do you consider to be his biggest mistake during his presidency?
The then president Barack Obama decided to intervene in Libya and in March 2011, a coalition of NATO forces – including US, French, British and Canadian troops – launched a military operation, imposing an arms embargo and establishing a no-fly zone over the country.
On October 20, 2011, ousted leader Gaddafi was assassinated by Libyan rebels. According to the BBC, NATO decided to withdraw from the fighting and end all operations in Libya a little later, on October 31, 2011. The hope was that Libya would emerge as a liberated nation, but that never happened.. On the contrary, the subsequent power vacuum created after Gaddafi’s death has led to constant chaos and unrest throughout the country. The US decision to intervene in Libya was difficult and was also the catalyst for what Barack Obama once called his biggest mistake as chairman, something he talked about in an interview with Fox News shortly before the end of his second term.
Barack Obama: His repentance for not properly preparing for the “next day” in Libya
While Barack Obama said he still believed the intervention was right, Former President says he regrets not implementing a better action plan for “next day” in Libya, reports grunge.com. “Probably his failure to plan properly the next day, after our operation in Libya,” he told Fox presenter Chris Wallace when asked to think about his biggest mistake as president.
Her intervention Libya has remained a controversial foreign policy decision and has been widely criticized as an extension of what some scholars see as a persistent post-conflict stabilization failure in America’s war pattern from 2001 onwards, grunge.com explains.
“In Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Washington overthrew regimes and then failed to form a new government or create effective local forces – with the net result being more than 7,000 American soldiers dead, tens of thousands wounded, tens of thousands “Unspeakable thousands of civilian deaths and three Islamic states in disarray,” Dominic Tierney, a political science professor at Swarthmore College, explained in a 2016 article in The Atlantic. “Obama was elected on the pretext of ‘no more Iraq,’ but he repeated the same mistake of winning the war and losing the peace,” he added.