Should the Olympics be cancelled?
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul thinks the security threat in Sochi, site of the Winter Olympics, is "the worst I've ever seen" and that some thought must be given to canceling the games if it gets any worse.
"I would say that the security threat to this particular Olympics are the greatest I think I've ever seen because of the proximity of the terrorists to the Olympic Village," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
He added that the call from an Al Qaeda leader for a "global jihad" on the Russsian Olympics is "very disturbing to me in terms of the security at the Olympics."
McCaul visited Russia this past week to assess the security risks facing athletes from across the world as they prepare to gather in Sochi for the winter Olympics.
He said that while he currently doesn't think "it's a time to be an alarmist and cancel," that option should be on the table.
"If this thing gets worse, maybe we would consider that," McCaul said.
The Russian government has established a so-called "ring of steel" with 100,000 security officers to protect the Olympic Village, and McCaul said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "is putting everything he has from a security standpoint down there."
Still, he said he expects more attacks like the suicide bombing of a Russian train platform that killed 30 people to occur outside of the secure zone.
"I think you're probably going to see more of those, like you just saw with that train bombing you had on the program earlier by a suicide bomber," he said. "And they're calling for more of these attacks just as of yesterday. So I think you're going to see more of these attacks, but outside the perimeter."
McCaul is hardly an hysteric. And if you read between the lines of what our own government has been saying, you get the sense that our security experts are extremely worried for American athletes and tourists. They are asking athletes not to wear their USA gear while walking around. The State Department travel warnings are getting worse all the time. Alarm bells are going off all over the place as the jihadists - who have had years to prepare for any attacks - continue to issue threats.
Putin has set up an impressive security perimeter. But someone who is determined to die doesn't care about security. All it takes is for one person to fail to do their job for tragedy to strike.
That's what the jihadists are counting on. Which is why terrorism is such a huge threat at these games.