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Fox's Peters: Flight 370 Shows Strategic Importance of Malaysia

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 10:52 PM

By Greg Richter

Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, says the United States shouldn't try too hard to get involved in the investigation of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and should instead focus on the importance of the region where the airliner disappeared.

"I'm not sure how much of a dog we've got in this fight," Peters said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."

Peters agreed that it matters that there were three Americans on board, but America shouldn't lose perspective. The region where the plane disappeared -- and some fear may have landed for future use in terrorist activities -- will be one of the most dynamic and dangerous areas of the world during the next century, Peters said.

The Straits of Malacca, which go between Malaysia and Indonesia, carry 25 percent of the worlds shipping traffic, he said, which is vital for Japan, China and other nearby countries. And the area that could have been reached by the plane if it landed includes Pakistan, China and India.

"When I look at the scope and scale of the world's problems, for me, it's getting Washington to at least recognize that Malaysia and Indonesia and Singapore and Bangladesh and Burma and Thailand actually exist," he said. "Because Washington focuses on one problem at a time. This week it's Korea, Ukraine. Before, it was Syria. We can't walk and chew gum at the same time in D.C."

Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, told host Megyn Kelly that U.S. investigators currently focusing their probe on actions by the flight crew, either terrorism or suicide.

But American officials are having trouble getting information from Malaysian authorities, he said.

"It's really been terrible. They have not cooperated," King said.

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