Bachmann again argues U.S. should have stayed out of Libya
Michele Bachmann said again that the United States shouldn’t have participated in the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
“My position is that the United States should not have gone into Libya because again the last chapter isn’t written. This is a snapshot in time,” Bachmann told Christiane Amanpour of ABC’s ‘This Week.’ “Clearly this was about regime change. That is the precursor for the United States’ involvement in another nation’s affairs.”
Bachmann said the result of Gaddafi’s overthrow was a “mess.”
“We don’t know who the next leader will be,” she said, “It could be a radical element. We knew who the devil was that was running. We don’t know that next one.”
She said Libya’s oil revenues could finance a “global caliphate and extremist elements.”
On Iran, Amanpour pressed Bachmann. She had earlier called the plot to assassinate the United States’ ambassador to Saudi Arabia an “act of war.” Iran has denied any involvement in the foiled plot.
Amanpour asked how she would retaliate against Iran if she were elected president.
“I think the one thing that I would do that is very different than President Obama is I wouldn’t take my eye off the fundamental problem in the Middle East and that is an Iran that is seeking to gain a nuclear weapon,” said Bachmann.
Amanpour pressed Bachmann again about what types of force she would use considering Bachmann had already declared the plot an act of war, but Bachmann dodged.
“I would consider the use of everything we need to do,” she said.
Here’s a full clip of Bachmann’s interview:
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