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Gates says Libya not `a vital interest' for US

 Libyan men attend Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw many casualties during recent fi...
 Lybian men attend Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw many casualties during recent fi...
 An armed men stands among Libyan men attending Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw man...
 Libyan men fight a fire in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 26, 2011.   Libyan rebels regained control of the ...
 A Libyan rebel holds onto his gun as they move on the road bewteen Al-Egila and Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim th...
 Libyan rebels gesture on a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered ...
 Libyan rebels on the road bewteen Al-Egila and Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered Ras Lanouf....
 Libyan rebels jubilate on a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered...
 Libyan rebels stop at a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered Ras...

Mideast Libya

Libyan men attend Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw many casualties during recent fi...

Mideast Libya

Lybian men attend Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw many casualties during recent fi...

Mideast Libya

An armed men stands among Libyan men attending Friday prayers in the main square in Benghazi, eastern Libya, Friday, March 25, 2011. The city saw man...

Mideast Libya

Libyan men fight a fire in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 26, 2011. Libyan rebels regained control of the ...

Mideast Libya

A Libyan rebel holds onto his gun as they move on the road bewteen Al-Egila and Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim th...

Mideast Libya

Libyan rebels gesture on a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered ...

Mideast Libya

Libyan rebels on the road bewteen Al-Egila and Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered Ras Lanouf....

APTOPIX Mideast Libya

Libyan rebels jubilate on a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered...

Mideast Libya

Libyan rebels stop at a checkpoint in Al-Egila, east of Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The rebels claim that they have entered Ras...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn't think Libya is "a vital interest" for the United States, but he does say the North African nation is part of a region that's of vital American interest.
Gates tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "we clearly have interests" in Libya, though he doesn't believe it's a vital American interest.
President Barack Obama, who has scheduled a speech Monday about Libya, used his weekend radio address to explain his decision to take military action against Moammar Gadhafi.
Obama said that when innocent people are being "brutalized" and when a leader such as Gadhafi threatens "a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region" and when other countries are ready to help save lives, then it's in "our national interest to act."
Gates tells ABC's "This Week" that he doesn't think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the U.S. before military operations began last weekend.
Gates taped the interviews on Saturday and they aired on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-10-16 04:41 GMT+08:00