Washington D.C: In a surprising revelation, United States President Barack Obama said that the worst mistake of his presidency was the sheer lack of planning by his government in the aftermath of the 2011 toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
CNN quoted the President from his interview to Fox News saying, “probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya,”
In a statement to CNN, a National Security Council spokesman tried to justify Obama’s remarks, reassuring that the alliance between the United Kingdom and United States remains strong.
“Prime Minister Cameron has been as close a partner as the President has had, and we deeply value the UK’s contributions on our shared national security and foreign policy objectives which reflect our special and essential relationship,” NSC spokesman Ned Price said.
In September, Obama had criticized the Libya intervention during a speech before the U.N. General Assembly.
“Our coalition could have and should have done more to fill a vacuum left behind,” he had said.