President Barack Obama took responsibility for not being “sufficiently attentive” to the power vacuum in Libya after an international coalition toppled the country’s government. The remarks came as he approved a 30-day US airstrike mission in Libya.
On Tuesday, Obama reiterated that the US and the United Nations coalition that took out long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 did not properly plan for or handle the aftermath of that campaign, which has led to the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Libya.
“We did the right thing preventing what could have been a massacre, a bloodbath in Libya, and we did so as part of an international coalition, and under UN mandate, but I think that all of us collectively were not sufficiently attentive to what had to happen the day after, and the day after, and the day after that in order to ensure that there were strong structures in place to assure basic security and peace inside of Libya,” Obama said. Read full on RT