OBAMA versus GATES on Libya (Video)
Who to believe?
Barack Obama says America has an important strategic interest in Libya. Just yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Libya is not a vital national interest to the United States.
Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that Libya did not pose a threat to the United States
On “This Week,” ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked Gates, “Do you think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States?”
“No, no,” Gates said in a joint appearance with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “It was not — it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest and it was an interest for all of the reasons Secretary Clinton talked about.
That was yesterday.
Today Barack Obama told the American public.
“When are interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. That’s what’s happened in Libya in the course of these last six weeks.”
It’s all so confusing.