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August 30th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Looking at all angles of the escalating situation in Syria

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  • In confronting Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks, U.S. may go alone

"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.

  • What are America's options?

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."

  • Differentiating Syria from Iraq

"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."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. sylvia

    i would like to know why the president of Syria cant be charged with crimes against humanity instead of bombing that will do no good go after the man who is guilty as in the Nuremberg trials this is no situation for bombing nothing can be gained from it, the president will still be president after the bombs fall and can still use the chemicals.

    August 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Truth

      You are right Sylvia. Maybe all war criminals should be charged along with Geroge Bush and sent to Nuremberg.

      Free media is a good thing.

      August 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  3. Nicole Morin

    Point of view from a Canadian ...the world is seeing a Genecide....By all means the world should act and second the Us on wathever decision they will make ...!!! I know that the last war has cost you very Dearly Sad enough I feel for everyone involved ...But The You The Americain are ....THE KEEPERS OF PEACE IN OUR WORLD you are the BALANCE ...I think that the YOU the USA should go in at any cost and other countrys should follow ..This is a GENECIDE that we are seeing ...and only a small intervention ...will be A small slap on the wrist for Assad HE IS DEFINITELY A MAD AND EVIL MAN !!!!!A MAD DICTATOR!!!!!! and should be Remove at all cost ...Justice should proveile against all Evil

    August 31, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nicole Morin

    A Canadian ..point of you ...!!!!I know that Americans are weary of War....and had great lost in the last war !!!!..My heart goes to you and everyone involved ....But still remains that we are seeing a Major Genecide in front of our eyes today ...!!! For some reason YOU AMERICANS are the peace keepers of the world !!!!!!!...You leadind and pthers ...Allies Balance Peace and Justice in the World today ....that is why I command you and support you on your decision to stike Assad ... further more I will venture that a small show in force will not scare this Mad And Evil Man...I think that he will be even more challenge with only a small slap on the wrist and will continue Business as usual This non stop Genecide now mind you I don't Like War but in this situation you the US along with Allies should Finish this Geniecide and any wich way it takes ....cause with a slap on the wrist will only continue !!!!!!!!!!Like a promominent figure in CANADA wrote a long time ago EVIL NEVER SLEEP ...!!!!! This Mad And Evil Man has to be stop at all cost !!! GOD be with you on your Decision USA but the world is behind you ...Justice must proveill I am a French speaking Canadian please excuse any spelling mistakes if any ...just had to comment ...I Feel for Justice Sincerely Nicole ..From Canada

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