McCaul: Malaysia 'Wasted a Week'

And Jimmy Carter thinking Big Brother is probably watching his inbox
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2014 11:37 AM CDT
McCaul: Malaysia 'Wasted a Week'
Members of the Texas Congressional delegation, including Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, right, in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Malaysian officials "spent way too much time" looking for Flight 370 in the wrong places, charged House Homeland Security chair Michael McCaul this morning on Fox News Sunday. "We wasted a week of precious time at the mountain region when all along it’s been in the southern Indian Ocean, is where the location is," he said, amid news that French satellite images might show debris from the crash. "The good news is we’ve confined it to the area where the debris is so we can get to the black box to finally find out what may have happened in this case." Politico notes that he refused to rule out terrorism. Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • Mike Rogers on Vladimir Putin: "He goes to bed at night thinking of Peter the Great and he wakes up thinking of Stalin. We need to understand who he is and what he wants. It may not fit with what we believe of the 21st century." He wants military aid for areas Putin could target, "and you do that in conjunction with sanctions, now you've got something that says, ‘Mr. Putin, we're done with you expanding into other countries."
  • Jimmy Carter on Big Brother: "I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the Post Office and mail it, because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored."
  • Michael Chertoff on the Malaysian jet: "Increasingly, we face the question of what we call ‘inside threats. It could be pilots. It could be members of the crew. So I think the issue of screening and understanding when people are going off the rails inside the enterprise is going to become more of an issue.
  • Mitt Romney on a 2016 run: Not going to happen. "I’m thinking about the people who I want to see running for president. I fully anticipate that I’ll be supporting one of them very vigorously."
  • Ukraine's foreign minister Andrii Deshchytsia: "The Ukrainian government is trying to use all the peaceful means, diplomatic means to stop the Russians." But, "people are also ready to defend their homeland."
(More Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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