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Carney: Obama ‘Very Concerned About the Whereabouts of the Plane’

As evidence indicates MH370 wasn't a victim of mechanical failure, "terrorism" eschewed in favor of words like "piracy."

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Bridget Johnson

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March 14, 2014 - 6:50 pm
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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that President Obama is “very concerned about the whereabouts of the plane” as they continued to deflect questions about terrorism surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

That possibility increased as evidence mounted Friday indicating the flight crew or unknown persons manually turned off locator systems, turned the plane around and guided it on a five-hour-long, zigzag route along waypoints with broad altitude changes toward the Indian Ocean.

Still, the word “terrorism” seemed difficult for anyone to utter, replaced by musings of “piracy” or “sabotage.”

Carney was asked at the daily briefing if the disappearance of the Boeing 777 “may have been caused by a person, and it could have been an act of piracy.”

“Who’s saying that?… Which U.S. official?” Carney wanted to know of the reporter’s anonymous source.

The press secretary said the Malaysian government is leading the investigation, and U.S. officials are “working closely” with them in Kuala Lumpur.

“This is a difficult and unusual situation, and we are working hard, in close collaboration with the Malaysian government, to investigate a number of possible scenarios for what happened to the flight,” Carney continued. “Our hearts of course go out to the families of the passengers who are in this agonizing situation. Unfortunately, definitive conclusions still clearly cannot be drawn at this time.”

“The U.S. government is tracking the situation closely, and we are in communication across agencies and with international partners to provide any appropriate assistance we can in this investigation. We are also continuing to participate actively in the search efforts. We are consulting with our international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy, including to the new search areas to the west.”

Carney said they don’t have “conclusive answers,” but are “assisting the Malaysian government in the effort to find out what happened to the plane and where it is.”

When asked if the U.S. should step up its involvement in the case, he responded that the administration has “dedicated a lot of assets to the search effort.”

“What we aren’t engaged in, publicly, anyway, or anonymously, is in speculation about what might have happened. We’re working with a whole host of authorities to try to find out what did happen,” Carney said, adding Obama has been “fully aware of it and has been briefed on it, and knows where things stand.”

Over at the State Department today, spokeswoman Marie Harf was defending the Malaysian government’s response, which has included sending U.S. 7th Fleet assets to and fro as different tips developed in the week after the plane’s disappearance.

“We and a number of other countries – China, Thailand, other countries as well – are assisting in the investigation and we’re cooperating with them and helping in any way we can. I’d remind people – and I don’t probably need to say this – but it is a pretty unprecedented situation that a plane is missing for this long,” Harf said. “They’re looking at a number of different explanations. But they’re operating in a very difficult situation. They, more than anyone, want to find out what happened to this plane. And so obviously we’ll continue working with them.”

When pressed about human intervention causing the disappearance of the plane, Harf again referred to the Malaysians’ lead.

“And I know right now they’re looking at a number of different explanations. I don’t know the latest in terms of if one is more probable than others. But the point is they’re committed to getting to the facts about what happened here. And when they have anything to update on their investigation, I’m sure they will,” she said.

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I can't believe that Obama is so pathetic ... he's sneaking around peddling a Socialist agenda, causing massive strife for our own people and somehow we're supposed to believe that he cares about ANYTHING other than his own ambitions. We are slowly awakening to the fact that we DO have a very real terrorist problem and Homeland Insecurity isn't making me feel any better about it.
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The key to starting to understand this 'mystery' is to repeat two words to yourself, and keep repeating them, if necessary - Ahmed and Abdul.
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Obama being a man with no empathy for 'the other' would only give a flying hoot if the plane crash landed in his regular golf course.
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Poor, poor Carney. Completely at an ill-at-ease loss on every subject, feeding us only what he's being fed, he's the very essence of Political Correctness. The supplier/provider of vagueness and evasiveness to this newer generation of media reporters pompously calling themselves "journalists".

Carney diminishes himself each day he continues standing there at that White House reading post.

Readers here wisely rely on commentary such as the writers at PJMedia.
We don't have to agree with all of what all of them write all of the time, but at least it's not palpable bull**it.

Choose and read regularly a few other conservative news websites to get a variety of viewpoints.

Forget the liberal bandstands who suffer such tunnel vision.... and their "rap" beat.
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I repeat my curse...A pox upon Obama voters
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Not true. He's more concerned for the whereabouts of his golf clubs.
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Carney: Obama ‘Very Concerned About the Whereabouts of the Plane’

Yep, the same way he's concerned about people who've lost their health insurance, seen their premiums increase & who were forced to buy plans they didn't like, all due to O'care.
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Certainly the president is concerned. That plane could fly over one of the golf courses he plays on while he is in the middle of a round and it could break his concentration.
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Watch out! He's going to give a speech!
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Jay, come into my office. What is today's update on that airplane that was missing -- you know, that one from the Muslim country of Malaysia. Tell them I's keeping my pen and phone ready, just in case they are needed. And make sure that those people in Malaysia get the latest good news about Obamacare.
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He may actually be concerned. But not for the same reasons the sane people are.
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I can't believe that Obama is so pathetic ... he's sneaking around peddling a Socialist agenda, causing massive strife for our own people and somehow we're supposed to believe that he cares about ANYTHING other than his own ambitions. We are slowly awakening to the fact that we DO have a very real terrorist problem and Homeland Insecurity isn't making me feel any better about it.
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He thought he could convince Terrorists (much like the IRS) to only go after people that he doesn't like.

He was wrong.
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