The U.S. foreign policy community tosses the word “failure” around a lot: intelligence failures, policy failures, failures of imagination. It’s perfectly fair to assess whether the outcome of a particular policy succeeded or failed to achieve its stated goal. Take the increasingly common framing of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as a collective failure of recent administrations. So while Iraq—less so, Afghanistan—is seen as the failed foreign policy of a neoconservative administration, the failure of judgment in Libya is aimed squarely at Obama and his band of liberal interventionists. If anything, Syria should loom larger than Libya as an Obama-era failure, but that’s a subject for another day.
Source: Libya Today February 13, 2018 14:03 UTC