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The Obama doctrine: Are you a believer in cautious intervention? (POLL)

A Libyan rebel holds the Kingdom of Libya flag as he walks past a burning wrecked tank at a site bombed by coalition air force in the town of Ajdabiya on March 26, 2011. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama took to the airwaves Monday evening explaining America's involvement in a military coalition currently intervening in Libya's conflict.

He said that it was America's "responsibility" to intervene in Libya.

"To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and - more profoundly - our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action," he said.

A look at the facts, however, reveals some potential contradictions in his policy of only intervening in the face of brutal atrocities. What do you think?

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