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September 5th, 2013
10:59 PM ET

George Little on the U.S.'s Syrian strategy: "There is a clearly established international norm against chemical weapons"

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."

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  1. Cashew

    Why is the international community applying a blatant double standard when it comes to Israel? This little country of 5 million people is allowed to amass stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons to world. All I here is a lot of double speak and double standards being applied in a very arrogant way. If the US is worried about chemical weapons being used in the middle east get rid of Israel's massive stock piles. Also weren't they the ones that gave Saddam Hussein his chemical weapons to use on Iran?

    September 6, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      "Why is the international community applying a blatant double standard when it comes to Israel? This little country of 5 million people is allowed to amass stockpiles..."

      I do not see any "double standard" here. For starters, there is a clearly established international norm against the USE of chemical weapons. Israel DID NOT ever use chemical weapons. Further, can you SHOW SOME PROOF that Israel actually HAS " stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons"?

      September 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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