Speaking today at the UN General Assembly, President Obama took a surprisingly contrite stance, however briefly, on the NATO war against Libya, conceding that “mistakes were made” in a war that led to the current state, with much of Libya ungoverned and multiple competing city-based governments vying for control.
Not that Obama regrets the war. Rather, he insists that the US and NATO should’ve “done more” to ensure that the pro-NATO government propped up after the ouster of Gadhafi was able to survive. In short, his regret on a disastrous war is that he didn’t double down on it.
That seems to be the default position for wartime US presidents to take these days, and the desperation to keep occupation forces in Afghanistan 14 years after the invasion seems to reflect a fallback policy to avoid admitting failure by simply continuing to compound on it.
Still, that he admitted to mistakes at all is somewhat surprising, and likely reflects an effort to defend against criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who noted today that the power vacuum the US created with the war is being filled by various Islamist groups, including ISIS.
This is about more than Libya, of course, as Putin sees fairly strong parallels between what happened there and US intervention elsewhere in the region. Indeed, the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria fairly neatly coincides with the US occupying and destroying much of Iraq, and then pouring money and arms into Syria to destabilize that country.
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The biggest mistake in US history was when US went rogue IN KOREAN CONFLICT, and since then mentally unbalanced nut cases have ruled.
THEY like Obama will be amply rewarded by the corporates not just of US.hell both Bush aholes revieved somr 100 million out of office and Clinton is today a Billionaire mostly through foreign firms and nations.
US corpirates invesy nothing , paid out of Sovereign funds np tax the elected skim from the top as do the executive ruling party appointees.
I doubt if any mistakes were made, Obama knew that getting rid of Khadafi would have created a vacuum and cause chaos.
The Libyan war, the Syrian war, the Iraq war, the Ukraine war and even Yugoslavia war are connected because of western "democracy" was and is afraid of countries having any political and or economic unity. Western democracy is based falsification of the word and it's true meaning, the leaders of far right democratic political parties are paranoid and see such unities as obstacles for their economic and faked democracy where as result USG-European far right monarchism political parties, the Turkish-Saudis-Wahhabis-Qatari and their sponsored terrorism been used in the past and present wars for keep their "interests", but Such politics has been in-powering terrorists to what they are now. The main supporters-sponsored of terrorism is not about terrorism any longer but terrorism demanding more control and power from their creators which ISIS is fighting for. The main idea is to divide more of people's, government, nations unity as Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright and Tony Blair did to Yugoslavia dividing it to smaller nations based on their nativity-national and language where Syrian wars is about dividing nations unities which was about to grow between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, such division was not possible but to create Saudis-Qatari barbarians called Islamic state, in Syria using Islam as a tool where a secular government governing Syrian nation. Libya had to be sacrificed and as a token of appreciation given to Qatari-Saudis barbarism to divid Libya into East and West Libya. Nicolas Sarkozi, David Cameron, Barack Hussein Obama used exactly the very same political division where Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Madeline Albright did to Yugoslavia. These far right democrats, or otherwise, are paranoid by nature,they are simply sick otherwise no one in their normal functioning minds will cooperate with state sponsored terrorism states no matter what or how much oil they produce, that is to say, if these people understand and have a clue what democracy is about. Madeline Albright response to million Iraqi baby's being killed by USG-UN sanctioning Iraq was the words of a insane, incompetence, a social psychopath and paranoid where she had no human feelings, as for Hillary Clinton being happiest women on earth when she was enjoying the death of Libyan leader as saying, we come we sow and he did, such comments is only can be said by an hypocrite whom mostly are paranoid or social psychopath and live in their little la la land made by their other them.
"mistakes were made"
Makes it seem like someone just incorrectly measured and cut a 2×4.
Since when do war crimes get re-categorized as mere mistakes?
Yup, we made some mistakes. We also tortured some “folks”. I’m guessing Gadhafi didn’t enjoy his colonoscopy as must as Oturd thought he would.
What part of "get the fuck out of our skin" Americans and their political leadership do not get?
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