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As President Barack Obama and his administration continue to press forward with a proposed plan to use United States military forces in Syria, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" dedicated it's entire program to one of the world's most-polarizing topics. With "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo filling in for Piers Morgan, and a live studio audience surrounding the guest host, the primetime program aired a special town hall entitled “The Crisis in Syria.”
Joining the show via satellite, George Little defended the call for American intervention, going so far as to explain the philosophy should there be a Middle Eastern counterattack:
"We are absolutely clear-eyed, and we've been planning ourselves, and with our partners, particularly in the region, Turkey, and Israel, and Jordan, and others," said the Deputy National Security Adviser to President [Barack] Obama. "We understand that we can never take the risk down to zero, but we believe that we can take steps to mitigate those risks, and that has factored squarely into our planning."
Despite a strong possibility that the U.S. would essentially be operating alone, Little detailed the reasons why it remains an important and viable operation for America:
"I think the mandate for this is very clear. There is a clearly established international norm against chemical weapons," he told Cuomo. "Many countries around the world have come out and rejected what the Syrian regime has done and condemned the regime for their actions. This is about standing up for that norm and we believe that it's rooted in the legitimacy of what the international community accepts as responsible behavior. And we expect the Syrian regime to stop their use of chemical weapons and we should send a clear message that what they did last month was absolutely intolerable."
Watch the clip for more of Cuomo's interview with George Little, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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