Obama Admits His Biggest Mistake – It’s Surprisingly Honest

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 5.01.16 PMBarack Obama told Chris Wallace from Fox News what was the biggest mistake of his entire presidency. When asked this same question in the past, Barack Obama has often given silly answers. He would divert the question and basically infer that he should have explained Obamacare better or something, because his policies are so awesome. But this time he actually gave an honest answer.

From Bloomberg:

Asked by host Chris Wallace about the “worst mistake” of his soon-to-end White House years, Obama listed the aftermath of the ouster and death of Moammar Qaddafi, even as he defended the intervention.

“Probably failing to plan for the day after,” Obama said in the session, which was taped at the University of Chicago on April 7. He added that intervening in Libya “was the right thing to do.”

The Libya operation and its chaotic aftermath has been resurrected in the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s in part because of the increasing presence of the Islamic State there, and U.S. airstrikes to disrupt its operation.

Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, as Obama’s secretary of state, strongly supported the intervention. In a 2011 interview with CBS News when still secretary, Clinton said of Qaddafi, “We came. We saw. He died.”

It’s not often that Barack Obama takes responsibility for a mistake and failing to plan for the day after the death of Qaddafi was a huge mistake. Hillary Clinton was instrumental in initiating the attack on Qaddafi according to Robert Gates.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Yahoo News in January that he thought Clinton’s “influence was pivotal in persuading the president to broaden the goal in Libya beyond just saving the people in Benghazi” from Qaddafi’s forces and “essentially focusing more on regime change. The president told me that it was one of the closest decisions he’d ever made, sort of 51-49, and I’m not sure that he would’ve made that decision if Secretary Clinton hadn’t supported it.”

Rand Paul and other members of the tea party movement have been scrutinizing the regime change decision and criticizing the absence of a plan to deal with the aftermath. For once, Barack Obama actually admitted that they screwed up in Libya.

Will Hillary Clinton call Libya the biggest mistake of her career? Don’t hold your breath.