Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:15AM
US President Barack Obama (File photo)
US President Barack Obama (File photo)

US President Barack Obama says his ‘worst mistake’ in the past eight years was mishandling the crisis in Libya after the NATO-backed ousting of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. 

In an interview with the BBC, he added “that’s a lesson I now apply when we are asked to intervene militarily. Do we have a plan for the day after?”

In March 2011, a coalition of US-backed Western countries, including the UK and France, launched missile and air strikes on Libya following a national uprising.  After his defeat, the ensuing power vacuum allowed militant groups, including a Daesh affiliate, to gain power in the country and exploit its natural resources. 

Yet the US helped to create Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and it is claimed America still provides training and logistical support to terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. What are Washington’s goals in the Middle East? How might we describe America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia? And how should we describe US foreign policy?  These are the simple questions we sought to answer.