As the Pentagon prepares a new intervention in Libya, President Barack Obama’s doubts about the wisdom of the 2011 operation there, articulated in an interview with The Atlantic, will probably fall on deaf ears.
Obama criticized especially the United Kingdom and France for the failure. The president used harsh words in the interview, but Edward Price, the spokesman for the National Security Council, was quick to reassure the Brits. “We deeply value the U.K.’s contributions on our shared national security and foreign policy objectives which reflect our special and essential relationship,” Price said.
Obama’s remarks come during a presidential campaign in which his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is criticized on both sides for her interventionist policy against Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya. His message could therefore weigh in favor of Sen. Bernie Sanders, her trailing opponent in the Democratic primary, who emphasizes their differing views on foreign policy and the use of military force.