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As the Syrian civil war – and the prospect of United States intervention – yielded an intense hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday evening Wolf Blitzer welcomed a collection of guests all charged with offering their expertise and perspective on the ongoing situation in the Middle Eastern country.
Filling in for Piers Morgan, Blitzer welcomed Chris Murphy, who noted that not only is he against U.S. military engagement in Syria, but he also rejects the idea of supplying the nation's rebels with weaponry:
"I think we're going to be arming some people who have very distinct interests from those of the United States. That's al Qaeda," noted the Democratic Senator from Connecticut. "I think there is still so many questions to be asked here. I think the president's going to get his vote tomorrow. I think the Foreign Relations Committee will vote in approval, probably by a wide margin of this resolution. I may not be willing to go along with the majority."
On the heels of late news announcing that Wednesday will see the Senate Foreign Relations Committee take up a bipartisan authorization bill calling for the use of force in Syria, Peter King detailed his support:
"I do support the president taking action," explained the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. "If we are going to take action, it has to be meaningful action, otherwise it just may have a cosmetic appeal but serve no real long-term purpose and actually be counterproductive. So I would support a strong attempt to degrade the weapons capacity of both chemical weapons and also the delivery systems of Syria."
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" from Washington, D.C., Adam Schiff referenced one specific clause in the proposed bill:
"One of the issues I'm most concerned about, and that I communicated to the White House, is they say no 'boots on the ground.' I would want to make sure that the resolution made that abundantly clear, unless we're talking about having to rescue someone," stated the Democratic congressman from California. "I think no one wants to see us turn this into a 'boots on the ground' situation or further entangle us in the civil war. So I think it's a movement in the right direction."
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