Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cartagena Sex Scandal

Partying in Colombia is storied, to say the least. With it’s warm, balmy climate, an exotic location far away from the stiffness of D.C., and plenty of very attractive locals, the scene was set for revelry this past weekend. During the sixth Summit of the Americas, the D.C. crew really let it ALL hang out! While Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton was photographed downing a beer and shaking what her mama gave her in a nightclub, the real showstoppers were the Secret Service members, who made worldwide headlines for throwing all caution to the wind, hiring local prostitutes. The reason the story even came to light is because one of the prostitutes said she was not paid. Let’s just hope the Agents were classy enough to take their ladies for hire to a proper hotel, like the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara. The last thing they’d need marring their reputations in a scenario like this would be to have stayed at some dive.

As the story goes thus far, twelve Secret Service members, as well as five military personnel had solicited prostitutes. They had gotten to Cartagena several days before President Barack Obama’s arrival, and perhaps their immersion in the lovely Columbian city had gotten the best of them. While prostitution is entirely legal in Columbia, the issue remains that the President’s security could have been breached.

Since 2009, when Tariq and Micheale Salahi crashed the White House’s state dinner, (also making international headlines) the Secret Service has come under question and fire for their sloppy management. While some claim that this most recent scandal in Colombia is the worst the Secret Service has seen, a proper and thorough investigation will determine all of the minute details that are not currently apparent.

Were they actually on duty when they met with the local women? The President was not even in South America at the time; therefore it was not his personal group of Secret Service agents involved in the scandal. Therefore, was his security actually in question? Did the accusing prostitute truly get paid for her services?

Whichever way the outcome turns, it is an embarrassment for the nation to have these kinds of accusations clouding a diplomatic endeavor meant to tackle major world issues such as trade, drug trafficking, and energy. And then again, there is the question of whether any of these headlines really matter, as we are in an age of headline hunger?

D.C. types and prostitute hookups are nothing new, and it’s only an issue when it makes the news. The Secretary of State drinking a beer and dancing late night, after her day’s responsibilities are through? What’s the problem? Do you feel that high-profile people can do whatever they want in their downtime, as long as it’s legal?  "They do very hard work under very stressful circumstances," President Obama said, "and almost invariably, do an outstanding job."

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