- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tea-party-backed conservative congresswoman said on Wednesday that President Obama has failed to demonstrate a vital U.S. national security interest for going into Libya.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, also said, “I would not have gone” into the strife-torn North African country where strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi is fighting to cling to power against a resistance force.

Mrs. Bachmann is considering whether to seek her party’s 2012 presidential nomination. She told NBC’s “Today” show she doesn’t support intervening regularly in humanitarian crises.

She said the “Obama Doctrine” would provide a rationale for the United States “to enter into one country after another.” Mrs. Bachmann said she’s against giving military assistance to the rebels fighting Col. Gadhafi, saying she fears there are al Qaeda elements among their numbers.

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