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As the Obama administration continues its search for Congressional support of a proposed plan for military engagement in Syria, on Thursday night anchor Chris Cuomo filled in for Piers Morgan, hosting a special town hall edition of the program entitled “Syria in Crisis.”
With a live studio audience hanging on every word, and a collection of guests sharing insight and expertise, "Piers Morgan Live" dedicated the entire program to debating the proper role of the United States amidst the Syrian civil war.
"Now that we've clearly established that this is about international norms and the use of chemical weapons, the United States used napalm and white phosphorus in Iraq," noted audience member Neda, before asking "are we really the country to take the moral high road on Assad's use of chemical weapons?"
Cuomo tapped guest Newt Gingrich to answer:
"I'm opposed to this campaign for partially the purpose that point she made. We had 100,000 people killed in Syria so far. We've had lots of children killed. These are tragedies," detailed the former Speaker of the House. "We've also had tragedies around the world in Darfur, in Rwanda, in West Africa. I don't agree with the President's comment in Sweden the other day that we're the world's 911. And I think that we ought to be very careful about the projects we undertake."
With Chris Cuomo hosting a special town hall edition of "Piers Morgan Live," guest Jason Chaffetz offered his position on the prospect of using the American military in Syria:
"I'm still a no at this point if we are talking about going to war," said the Republican U.S. Representative from Utah, as part of Tuesday's program entitled “Syria in Crisis." "If there is a clear and present danger to the United States, then of course I want the president to act swiftly and decisively. In this case I see no clear and present danger to the United States."
Joining the show via satellite, Janice Hahn found Chaffetz's stance to echo her own:
"This is the first time Jason and I may be agreeing on something, but the case has not been made to me that this war has anything to do with us, and it is so unpredictable, and we do not know after we have the first strike what is going to be retaliate against us, against Israel, against our embassies," said the Democratic U.S. Representative from California. "I do not think this is a war we should be dragged into. And my constituents as well overwhelmingly are saying absolutely no to dragging us into another foreign war."
On Tuesday, as part of a special "Piers Morgan Live" town hall entitled “Syria in Crisis,” Tony Blinken offered details as to the existing proof that chemical weapons have been used in Syria:
"We know that rockets were launched from an area controlled by the Syrian government. We know they landed in an area controlled by the opposition. We know there was an explosion of social media coming out with the attack, with people demonstrating the symptoms of the chemical weapons attack. We now have from analysis that was done of soil and blood and hair, that sarin was used and intelligence conversation of key players in the [Bashar al-]Assad regime this happened," said the Deputy National Security Adviser for President Barack Obama. "When you put that together - some of this we had to go to Congress ... I don't think there is a lot of doubt around the world about whether chemical weapons were used."