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"Piers Morgan Live" welcomed experts to analyze the next steps in any U.S. response to the alleged attack. With the United Kingdom’s House of Commons denying Prime Minister David Cameron’s calls for a military response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus, the United States continues to contemplate a unilateral military strike.
According to Robin Wright, Middle East Analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the findings of the UN chemical weapons inspectors could cause the U.K. Parliament to reconsider.
“The UN weapons inspectors are there until Saturday in Damascus taking a look at what happened,” said Wright, author of "Rock the Casbah." “They will bring out samples, intelligence, and this may give a new body of evidence that will allow the British government to go back to Parliament and try once more to see if they can get whether it's using mild or language but some kind of voter support, and that will be critical to the Administration.”
However, the Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the U.S. was ready to go it alone. General Michael Hayden (Ret.), a former CIA director, echoed that sentiment:
“I think the United States would act unilaterally because President Obama made this commitment for the United States and frankly for himself personally about a year ago,” said Hayden. “With regard to the capacity to conduct the attack it would be good politically to have other nations join us, but in terms of raw military power United States has efficient strength to do this.”
Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, expressed caution about acting unilaterally - recalling Iraq.
“The President has to be very careful and he is being careful; only 25 percent of the American people support military action in Syria,” said Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico. “I think he has to be deliberate on the military side that the strikes work to our advantage and to find ways to arm the rebels and find ways to destroy the command and control centers.”
For the latest news on Syria and the lead up to a possible U.S. response to alleged chemical weapons usage, stay tuned to CNN; tonight on "Piers Morgan Live," we continue our coverage of the developing situation in Syria.
Thursday, General James L. Jones joined Piers Morgan to talk about the options the U.S. has in controlling the escalating situation in Syria.
"It's America's place to show leadership in resolving some of these very, very difficult and dangerous situations and you do that in a number of ways. And one is I think by consulting with friends and allies by letting the United Nations' efforts run the course by talking to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."
The former national security adviser to President Barack Obama emphasized America needs to look at the consequences of each potential action:
"I think you have to ask yourself, what's - what are the consequences of taking action, but the - maybe even the more important question is what are the consequences if you take no action. And if you take no action, you're inviting moreover the same and you're sending a precisely the wrong message to –or rather antagonizing the region who are building a nuclear capacity and that's Iran."
"Piers Morgan Live" welcomed Senator John McCain Thursday as he explained the difference between Syria and Iraq:
"The difference between this, here's the body stacked up, OK, and the ample evidence. In Iraq, there was no evidence - of concrete evidence of weapons of mass destruction when our Secretary of State went to United Nations Security Council and told the world there was," McCain argued. "This is vastly different situation than Iraq. And look if they want to wait three or four days and get the UN absolute authentication, but there should be no doubt on anybody's mind that these terrible, terrible bodies of children stacked up are nothing but the victim of chemical weapons and it has to be done - have been done by Bashar Assad. There is no other logic."