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Obama slams Cameron, Sarkozy over Libya intervention
British leader David Cameron got “distracted” and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to promote his country during the 2011 NATO-led military intervention in Libya, US President Barack Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic Thursday. Obama didn’t shy away from rebuking two of his closest allies in the extensive magazine interview, as he discussed the conditions surrounding the British and French-led bombing campaign that led to the fall of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime.
Obama said when he considers what went wrong in Libya, “there’s room for criticism because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.” Cameron stopped paying attention soon after the military operation, he said, becoming “distracted by a range of other things.”
During the bombing campaign, Obama said, Sarkozy wanted to “trumpet the flights he was taking in the air campaign, despite the fact that we had wiped out all the air defenses and essentially set up the entire infrastructure” for the operation. Since the government’s collapse, Libya has descended into near-anarchy, ruled by rival militias ISIS vying for power while the Islamic State group has gained influence in the country.
The US President also noted the French president at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy, lost his job the year after the 2011 invasion and criticised the French eagerness to take credit for overthrowing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Mr Obama said: 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. Mr Cameron and Mr Sarkozy paid an infamous visit to Libya in September 2011 to be greeted as heroes and liberators. Five years later, Islamic State is taking hold in the east of the country, no government has been formed, and Washington is considering a new intervention. In the lengthy interview, that runs to 72 pages, President Obama also said that free riders aggravate me, in a pointed barb at Britains reluctance to spend 2% of GDP on the armed forces. You have to pay your fair share he told Mr Cameron and said Britain would no longer be able to claim a special relationship if it didnt.