Dopo qualche annetto anche l'attuale Presidente statunitense sembra essersi reso conto che le grandi menti francesi e britanniche hanno attivamente contributo alla destabilizzazione del Mediterraneo.
Sarebbe però il caso che ammettesse anche le proprie colpe nell'aver dato credito (strategico) ad un Paese, la Francia, le cui forze armate – solo per far un esempio – avevano terminato il munizionamento guidato già dopo pochi giorni. Insomma, un esempio da manuale di vuoto di leadership transatlantica. Che peraltro perdura…
[…] Mess is the president’s diplomatic term; privately, he calls Libya a “shit show,” in part because it’s subsequently become an isis haven—one that he has already targeted with air strikes. It became a shit show, Obama believes, for reasons that had less to do with American incompetence than with the passivity of America’s allies and with the obdurate power of tribalism.
“When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong,” Obama said, “there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up,” he said. He noted that Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, lost his job the following year. And he said that British Prime Minister David Cameron soon stopped paying attention, becoming “distracted by a range of other things.” Of France, he 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 intervention. This sort of bragging was fine, Obama said, because it allowed the U.S. to “purchase France’s involvement in a way that made it less expensive for us and less risky for us.” In other words, giving France extra credit in exchange for less risk and cost to the United States was a useful trade-off—except that “from the perspective of a lot of the folks in the foreign-policy establishment, well, that was terrible. If we’re going to do something, obviously we’ve got to be up front, and nobody else is sharing in the spotlight.”