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All eyes are on President Obama as the conflict in Syria heats up. On Tuesday, “Piers Morgan Live” invited a panel of experts to weigh in on what kind of response we can expect to the ongoing violence in Syria.
Retired U.S. Army General Mark Kimmitt told Piers Morgan what military he believes the Obama administration will take, and how effective, or ineffective, it will be.
“My political judgment is that the administration will not do a lot. It's making a very narrow case that what we have here is not a large issue inside of Syria but a small specific issue of chemical weapons used which needs to be addressed, and I'm concerned that what this president will do is a small limited attack to, number one…punish Bashar al- Assad. And number two, to demonstrate that chemical use will not go unanswered. However, I think it will be very limited as a result and I think everybody in the region will take away a view that America is weaker because of this,” Kimmitt told the host.
Representative Adam Schiff, who serves on the House Selesct Committee on Intelligence, takes the other side, arguing that the administration's stance will deliver a strong and effective message:
“I think it will be effective if the object is to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again and to deter others around the world from feeling that this is now the new norm, that chemical weapons are just another tool in the military toolbox…The president doesn't want to own this war, and neither do the American people want to own this war, so we have to be very careful not to commit to things that we aren't ready to engage in.”
But what if the accusations about the use of chemical weapons is false? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says this may be one of the questions preventing the Obama administration from taking a more aggressive approach to the conflict:
“I think the main reason that President Obama has not been more decisive is indeed that the public - the public has no appetite for some kind of broader international military engagement in Syria. And I think, you know, he's gotten advisers who pushed him to do that but he's resisted for that reason, and I think, as you say, that the problem is that we overreacted in Afghanistan, we overreacted in Iraq, and that has led to kind of paralysis in the case of Syria. But at the end of the day our approach in Syria, it simply has not worked. The things that we try to prevent like the spread of the word to surrounding countries, like the growing civilian slaughter, like the steady escalation of the conflict, the radicalization of the rebels, those have all happened anyway."
Morgan Spurlock, world-traveler, documentarian and activist, shared his opinions on the current state of Syria:
“I mean, the biggest thing for me is you want to make sure all the information you're getting is accurate. You want to make sure that before we act we get you know real people on the ground who are verifying and justifying everything we're hearing. You've got to get UN Security inspectors in there.”
Spurlock further stressed the importance of accuracy, saying that a misstep could seriously affect international relations with the U.S.:
“It is such a pressure cooker. When you travel around the world, there's already judgments about the United States. The last thing you need to do is make a mistake and make the wrong decision.”
Last night, “Piers Morgan Live” welcomed Lora DiMaggio, James DiMaggio’s sister, for an exclusive interview. This was her first interview since her brother’s death and the death of Hannah Anderson's mother and brother.
DiMaggio described a man very different than the man the public has come to know.
"My brother was one of the kindest people you've ever met in your life. He worked diligently to save animals. He was not only a father figure and an uncle to the Anderson children, he was to many other people as well."
DiMaggio described the relationship she had with James before he died:
"He was my best friend. He was my brother. He was my father. He was everything to me. He was the person that I called if I had a question about life, love, career, anything. He was my first person that I called. He was my best friend."