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September 13th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Sheryl Crow on Lance Armstrong, Lanny Davis and Bill Kristol face off and John McCain on Obama's choices

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Sheryl Crow on Lance Armstrong

Sheryl Crow joined Piers Morgan last night to talk about her new studio album and charity work. But, the questions that people keep asking are all about the former professional cyclist she once called her fiancé.

Crow said that she gets questioned regularly about her relationship with Lance Armstrong, in the wake of his doping scandal.

“It's such a stretch for me, because it does feel like a past life,” said Crow. “It has such little relevance to my life now, in fact, zero relevance.”

Morgan asked what she thought of the scandal, disconnected as she is. Crow responded:

“I watch it just like everybody else is watching it. You know, I watched a little bit of the first interview and I have such a big detachment from it that I probably feel the same as everyone else.”

  • Debate over Putin’s Syria ambitions: Blinking to power

Talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, continue in Geneva as an agreement over Syria’s admitted chemical weapons continues to be negotiated. Last night, two of the best and brightest debated Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in pushing Syria’s Bashir al-Assad towards ceding control of the countries chemical weapons.

Lanny Davis, President Clinton’s former White House special counsel, argues that Putin “blinked,” after Obama “dug in against popular opinion.”

“Putin blinked and put pressure on Assad to give up these chemical weapons,” said Davis, also the author of "Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics and Life." “I think Putin being aligned with the United States on this matter to get rid of the chemical weapons is not done yet as Kerry said, but it’s a necessary evil.”

That point was fiercely contested by Kristen Soltis Anderson, Vice President of the Winston Group and Republican pollster.

“I'll agree that if Syria has no chemical weapons that that's a great thing,” said Soltis Anderson. “But let's not for one second think that Vladimir Putin's interest are anything but Vladimir Putin increasing his own power, period. That’s what he’s about.”

Editor of the Weekly Standard Bill Kristol cast doubt on Davis’ observation, arguing that Putin had only saved his Syrian client - not blinked.

“There isn’t the piece of paper to be have written on yet, that at some point he might give over chemical weapons to Putin,” said Kristol. “Assad is now scot-free, he's used chemical weapons, he's paid no price, he strengthened himself.”

Kristol went even further, saying that as a result of the United States’ inaction, that, “Al-Qaeda has been strengthened among the rebels as we betray our friends there, Iran has been strengthened and we've been weakened.”

Stay tuned to CNN for our continuing coverage of the crisis in Syria.

  • WWMD: What Would McCain Do?

Unlimited what-ifs plague the American public with regard to the crisis in Syria. So, Piers Morgan asked Senator John McCain his opinion on military action and Russian relations.

McCain maintained that consulting Congress, as required by the War Powers Act, was a good move. He says he would have taken military action without calling for a resolution. McCain continued to analyze the choice that Obama made:

“To say you're going to act and then ask for Congressional approval is the worst option because he found himself in a real box where he said he was going to strike but said he needed Congressional approval and wasn’t going to get it.”

Morgan then asked about the apparent result of America changing positions and the potential of a deal between Russia and Syria.

“I think you could argue that that's best outcome given the situation now,” said McCain. “But then you still have this conflict that goes on the ground in Syria.”

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Drew Bertinelli

    After watching P. Morgan's interview with Sheryl Crowe, I'm done! I can not stomach another one of his "interviews". I actually expected him to climb over the table and start groping her. This is not unique behavior for him either. It's common for him ANY time there is an attractive female unfortunate enough to be seated in his interview chair. The guy is a boot-licking, obsequious sycophant. And, don't even get me started on his unprofessional behavior when he's confronting anyone that has a common sense opinion he doesn't agree with. When he has his scheduled nightly performance art, I will be elsewhere.

    September 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dan

    Putin blinked? Are you kidding me? Putin made Obama look like a fool after Obama backed himself into a corner.

    September 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ken

    I agree with Drew and Dan.
    And by the way, Lance Armstrong has helped more people with his charities than Piers will in his life time.

    September 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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