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As the congressional debate over the possibility of using the American military in Syria intensifies, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a pair of U.S. Representative's representing opposite perspectives.
Speaking with guest host John Berman,
Luke Messer emphasized the importance of the U.S. maintaining its role as a global protector:
"I believe that we can't stop being America just because we have an ineffective commander in chief, and when you look at the facts and the evidence here, there are several things that are clear," noted the Republican from Indiana. "It is clear that Assad gassed his own people. It's clear that that gas was used to murder hundreds of innocent women and children. It's clear that our allies in the region ... are asking us to intervene and it's clear that evil dictators ... are watching and will be emboldened if we don't act. I think under those situations - under those circumstances, we must act."
Alan Grayson, meanwhile, remained skeptical of using U.S. intervention amidst the Syrian civil war:
"Clearly we don't have to strike," said the Republican from Florida. "It's not our responsibility to act alone. There are other ways to deal with this problem."
Grayson continued, suggesting that American military engagement would be more about ego than it would be about international assistance, and in the process would open the U.S. up to dangers of its own:
"It's an exercise in chest beating for us to attack this other country but if we do, it's an act of war and an act of war means they will counter attack or can counter attack."
Watch the clip for more of Berman's interview with Grayson and Messer, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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