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January 12 at 11:25 PM

Obama Blames Cameron For Libya Becoming A "Shitshow"

In a recent interview with The Atlantic magazine, US president Barack Obama appears to partly blame David Cameron for what Obama called a "shit show" in Libya.

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Obama said that Cameron became "distracted" after the 2011 intervention, and likened the UK, France, and other European allies to "free riders".

International military intervention during the Arab Spring prevented a massacre by forces loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi, but since then the country has spiralled into civil war, with ISIS establishing a foothold as well.

"When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there's room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya's proximity, being invested in the follow-up," Obama said.

Cameron, Obama said, became "distracted by a range of other things", while the US president noted that his French counterpart at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy, was voted out of office the following year.

"Sarkozy wanted to trumpet the flights he was taking in the air campaign, despite the fact that we had wiped out all the air defences and essentially set up the entire infrastructure," Obama said.

Obama, The Atlantic reported, described the present situation in Libya as a "mess".

"We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion – which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap," he said. "We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess."

But privately he is more candid, labelling it a "shitshow".

An armed guard stands next to migrants rescued off the Libyan coast.
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An armed guard stands next to migrants rescued off the Libyan coast.

The White House has since sought to clarify President Obama's remarks, which come months before a "farewell" tour of the UK.

Ned Price, a US security council spokesman speaking on behalf of the administration, said the UK prime minister is as "close a partner as the president has had".

"We deeply value the UK's contributions on our shared national security and foreign policy objectives which reflect our special and essential relationship," he said.

"With respect to Libya, the president has long said that all of us – including the United States – could have done more in the aftermath of the Libyan intervention. More broadly, the UK has stepped up on a range of issues, including Mr Cameron's leadership within NATO in terms of meeting the 2% commitment and pressing the other members of the alliance to do so at the Wales summit."

Downing Street said it shared Obama's assessment that there were "real challenges in Libya".

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"That's why we are continuing to work hard with international partners to support a process in Libya that puts in place a government that can bring stability, and why we are talking about how we can support such a government in the future," a spokesperson said.

The spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that "as the president as said before, coming to the aid of tortured civilians [in Libya] was the right thing to do".

"We are working hard to support the UN process to support a stable government, but ultimately a positive outcome for Libya is not just up to the international community but the Libyan people."


  • elle7777
    January 12 at 11:27 PM
    Deflection. Where's the article on Hillary? Can't post one without the other can you?
  • -Celestial-
    January 12 at 11:36 PM
    Shit show is not calling a "people" or country a shithole.
  • joyfree
    by joyfree
    January 12 at 11:36 PM

    This is REALLY getting ridiculous!


    Quoting elle7777: Deflection. Where's the article on Hillary? Can't post one without the other can you?

  • jpickens
    January 12 at 11:36 PM
    Oh god
  • jpickens
    January 12 at 11:38 PM
    She proves the Internet is a bottomless pit. She should have ran out of articles to deflect by now.

    Quoting joyfree:

    This is REALLY getting ridiculous!


    Quoting elle7777: Deflection. Where's the article on Hillary? Can't post one without the other can you?

  • BmoreRavens
    January 12 at 11:52 PM

    LMAO ... at the snarky replies from the peanut gallery! 

  • Episkey
    by Episkey
    January 12 at 11:55 PM
    A government situation, several countries, yes that’s the same thing.
  • cgd5112
    by cgd5112
    January 12 at 11:58 PM
    Shitshow: President Obama’s adjective re a SITUATION of political upheaval in the aftermath of Civil War in Libya

    Shithole: trump’s racist adjective towards African countries and in turn the people who come to our country from these “shithole” countries
  • joyfree
    by joyfree
    January 13 at 12:00 AM

    What the h"ll do you expect? There is NO comparison between the two situations!!!

    Quit while you're not ahead!

    Quoting BmoreRavens:

    LMAO ... at the snarky replies from the peanut gallery! 

  • BmoreRavens
    January 13 at 12:04 AM

    Quoting -Celestial-: Shit show is not calling a "people" or country a shithole.

    So, it would be OK if I called what goes on at your house a "shitshow" or called you a "bullshitter"? 

    Not the only time during his tenure the former president was caught using bad language…

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article contains profanity.

    Liberals show double-standard on Obama and Trump's "shit" comments

    David Cameron & Barack Obama/PHOTO:

    (Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Officials at the United Nations, Democratic congressman, and liberal pundits have called President Donald Trump’s “shithole” remarks racist, yet they seem to have forgotten that President Barack Obama made nearly identical comments in 2016.

    In an interview with U.S. Magazine, Obama referred to Libya as a “shit show” and blamed British Prime Minister David Cameron for its deterioration, the Independent reported.

    At the time, the comments embarrassed Cameron, but they did not bring negative press toward Obama.

    If anything, the Independent praised him for his candid comments about the situation in Libya.

    And Obama’s “shit show” comment about Libya was not the only time during his tenure that he was caught using bad language.          

    In 2012, Obama called Mitt Romney a “bullshitter.”  

    Not only did the liberal media not criticize him; they came to his defense, CNSNews reported.

    Rolling Stone Magazine approved of his language: “It’s a dirty job, leading the free world. Sometimes it takes a few dirty words.”

    Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, called Trump’s language “hate-filled, vile, and racist.”

    A spokesman for the UN said the language referring to African countries was “racist,” the Independent reported.

    Libya is in northern Africa, but most of its inhabitants bear a lighter brown complexion than that of Obama’s darker brown ancestors on the southern part of the continent.

    Yet no one is on the record noted that Obama’s “shit show” comment seemed “racist.”

    When Obama used rough language to discuss African countries or Republican candidates, it’s brave and necessary. When Trump is accused of improper language, it’s racist and hateful.  

    Trump’s alleged comments about “shithole” countries was meant to reflect his belief that America should attract successful and accomplished immigrants — a view even many Democrats share — and that the United States should move toward a merit-based immigration system.

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