(CNN) – President Barack Obama said the worst mistake of his presidency was a lack of planning for the aftermath of the 2011 toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
“Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya,” he said in a Fox News interview aired Sunday.
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Commentary by The Secular Jurist: Although Gadhafi was an incredibly brutal dictator, his ouster – strongly pushed for by the U.K.’s David Cameron, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, and then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – has resulted in the now-failed state of Libya, widespread social chaos, sectarian factions battling for control, and a breeding ground for Islamist terrorism. Undeterred, Clinton continues to advocate for U.S. military involvement in overthrowing such dictatorial regimes (e.g. Syria’s Bashar Hafez al-Assad) despite the numerous failures of that American foreign policy strategy in the Middle East and elsewhere (e.g. Iran, Iraq).