Gotcha Question for Bachmann on Today Show

What the hell was Matt Lauer talking about when he asked Michele Bachmann this morning if weren't showing possible al-Qaeda operatives in the Libyan resistance that America is compassionate by bombing there? It's hard to imagine that he would be driven to construct such an odd question if he didn't think he was talking to a wingnut.

"If there are flickers, as you say, of al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or showing them that the United States has compassion?"

Democrats spend a great deal of their spinning effort feeding a mythology that they are compassionate and that Republicans aren't. Is Lauer taking an active role in the effort?