Mrs. Bachman should have pressed him on this remarkably obtuse question:
Let me flip that coin on its other side. If there are flickers, as you say, of al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or show them that the United States has compassion and we are willing to use our military might to help all people?
Sign to "them"? Who is them? You're kidding, right? What is the point? If we show "them" that we have compassion, they'll refrain from flying passenger jets into our buildings and the Pentagon? Are you freaking serious?
What a dumb ass question. She should have nailed him on it.