Obama blames Britain’s Cameron for disastrous Libyan war

This video from England says about itself:

Libya: Stop the War Coaliton protest at Downing Street 19.04.2011

As Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama escalated the attack on Libya to a regime-change war, Stop the War Coalition joined with CND and War on Want to protest at Downing Street, London, calling on the British government to end its bombing campaign. Video by Anupam Pradhan and Keith Halstead.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

United States: Obama slams Cameron’s Libyan fiasco

Friday 11th March 2016

BARACK OBAMA took a rare swipe at David Cameron yesterday, blaming the Prime Minister for turning Libya into a “shit show”.

The US president placed the blame for the fallout of 2011’s bombardment of Libya, during its civil war, squarely at Mr Cameron’s doorstep.

A rattled Mr Obama even went as far as to admit the military action, which led to Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s downfall, “didn’t work.”

He accused Mr Cameron of becoming “distracted” after giving the green light to air strikes and that now the country is a “mess” because it’s become an Isis haven.

Mr Obama said [this] in the candid interview for US magazine The Atlantic, in which he argues he placed too much faith in Britain’s PM and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr Cameron’s spokeswoman says the PM does “share” Mr Obama’s assessment that there are real challenges in Libya.

Barack Obama says David Cameron allowed Libya to become a ‘s*** show’. Unprecedented attack by serving US President: here.

Blaming Cameron and Sarkozy for the bloodbath in Libya is correct. However, President Obama might have extended the criticism to the ‘hawks’ in his own State Department (paradoxically, in this case not the Pentagon), like Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton.

US President Barack Obama has said the biggest mistake of his presidency was the lack of planning for the aftermath of the fall of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, with the country spiraling into chaos and grappling with violent extremists: here.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya: here.

The US and NATO are considering another round of military attacks against Libya, US President Barack Obama told media outside the White House on Monday: here.

Teams of United States Special Operations commandos have been active in Libya since last year, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing statements from unnamed US military officers: here.

PROSTITUTES AND FINANCIAL INCOMPETENCE Inside the allegations in the trial between Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund and Goldman Sachs. [WSJ]

25 thoughts on “Obama blames Britain’s Cameron for disastrous Libyan war

  1. Saturday 12th March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    The Paddy McGuffin column

    Anyone tuning into the news headlines yesterday could have been forgiven for doing a swift double take at the calendar to ensure we hadn’t somehow fast forwarded to April 1.

    First up we had the outgoing US President Barak Obama writing a magazine article in which he criticised “the US’s oldest allies” Britain and France for their catastrophic imperialist adventurism in Libya saying that they had dragged the US into the folly and then left the country in a mess…

    Obama particularly criticised David Cameron for failing to secure parliamentary approval for the debacle and attacked then French president Nicolas Sarkozy for grandstanding and boasting of France’s decisive role when in fact it had been the US who had done the dirty work for him.

    Now, on the one hand this is actually an unusually accurate assessment of the situation from a US president, not often known for their grasp of foreign affairs, geography or anything else for that matter.

    Dubya wouldn’t even have known where Libya was. He probably thinks Tripoli is an Italian ice-cream flavour.

    On the other hand, however, this is the president of a nation which has carpet-bombed over 80 countries around the world, many of which, such as Cambodia and Laos, it wasn’t even at war with.

    A country which has illegally subverted, destabilised and overthrown democratic governments across Latin America and beyond funding, arming, training and working alongside death squads responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of trade unionists and left wing activists.

    A country who fabricated another country’s history to impose the shah on Iran in 1953 and has used the same formula again and again to install and prop up puppet regimes in furtherance of their interests and the fight against “communism.”

    A country which has kept Cuba under effective siege for over half a century for having the temerity to overthrow Uncle Sam’s pet dictator Fulgencio Batista and its refusal to bow down before its threats and intimidation.

    And that’s before we even get to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria which, let’s face it, could not be described as unqualified successes.

    So, basically we have the US president interfering in other countries’ affairs to lecture those countries for interfering in other countries affairs.

    This column yields to no-one in its loathing of Cameron and Sarkozy. Their smug and entirely premature triumphalism in Benghazi was truly repugnant but they were merely aping Bush and his infamous “Mission Accomplished” moment aboard a US aircraft carrier in 2003.

    But I’m damned if I’m going to listen to any lectures from a lame-duck president who couldn’t even keep his own house in order, extended the “war on terror” and signally failed to end the torture and illegal imprisonment of innocent detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

    Both Downing Street and Washington were apparently rattled by the outspoken criticism with the White House quick to issue a statement praising the “special relationship” and to remind Britain to keep its mouth shut and keep buying their weapons or else.

    Oh it’s a special relationship all right, like that between abuser and victim.



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  3. Greetings,

    Five years ago, the NATO intervention “United Protector” plunged Libya into a state of chaos from which it has yet to recover. To understand why, we must go back in time. Mohamed Hassan will guide us through the history of this strategically important North African country.

    The sixth in a series of eight talks with Mohammed Hassan, organised by intal GMO

    Where? GC De Markten, 1000 Brussels (3rd floor, Middenzolder)
    When? Saturday April 2nd 2016
    Doors open: 17h30. Start: 18h00
    Entry: €3 (intal members: €1)
    Language: English

    Feel free to stay afterwards for a drink and discussions!

    Also make sure to attend the National Demonstration against the Replacement of Fighter Jets (24/04) and the intal Fiesta (16/04)!

    For the group intal GMO,
    Lars & Jolien.


  4. Saturday 2nd April 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    THE European Union slapped sanctions on three rival Libyan leaders yesterday for opposing the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

    The EU named the three in its official gazette as Agilah Saleh Issa, Khalifa Ghweil and Nuri Abu Sahmain.

    Mr Saleh Issa is president of the US-backed Council of Deputies in the eastern city of Tobruk, while Mr Ghweil is prime minister of its Tripoli-based rival National Salvation Government (NSG) and Nuri Abu Sahmain heads the General National Congress, the parliament backing the NSG.

    The civil war between the two rival governments was complicated on Wednesday by the arrival in Tripoli of the Tunisia-based GNA’s prime minister Fayez al-Serraj.

    The GNA promptly threatened sanctions against all factions who did not submit to its UN-mandated authority.

    On Thursday, Libya’s UN envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi urged the security council to partially lift a freeze on the $67 billion (£47bn) Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) fund so that the money could be invested.

    Mr Dabbashi claimed the fund was losing out on $2bn (£1.4bn) a year in potential profits.

    Without an exemption, Mr Dabbashi said, the council would be responsible “for all the losses recorded by the Libyan body.”

    Legal battles over the fund and other state assets of the devastated country, once Africa’s wealthiest nation, were fought in London and Malta last month.

    However, the British Foreign Office ordered the court to halt proceedings, a request granted by Judge William Blair, brother of former prime minister Tony Blair.



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