It has happened yet again. Several Secret Service agents were so intoxicated in advance of President Obama's arrival in a foreign land that they were deemed unfit for duty to protect him when he arrived. This time it was in the Netherlands, according to a Fox News report on March 26, 2014. And now, as in the Cartagena, Columbia economic summit in April 2012, the agents tasked with protecting the president knew better. With one of the men getting so drunk that he passed out in the hallway of his hotel, unable to physically open his own room door with his key.
President Obama's advance Secret Service detail of agents don't seem to have learned from the fiasco drinking activity that led to 10 other agents before them losing their jobs after prostitution and drinking scandals in Columbia led to Congressional curiosity.
And the president's effort at addressing the matter the last time appears to have failed as well, since then-SSA Director Mark Sullivan dutifully apologized for the scandal and embarrassment to the Obama administration, even resigning from duty to help restore the public's faith in the president's control over the matter. But Sullivan's willingness to fall on his sword and pave the way for Julia Pierson to become the new director didn't stop the problems at the Secret Service after all, as the president hoped it would.
And now, in the midst of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, the world learns that security is so bad when it comes to those protecting the president of the United States that it may not be wise to listen to any security advice from its leader. But that didn't stop the president from trying to influence those in attendance anyway with these remarks.
I convened the first Nuclear Security Summit in Washington four years ago because I believed that we need a serious and sustained global effort to deal with one of the greatest threats to international security--and that's the specter of nuclear terrorism."
But how can Americans hope to have success dealing with security issues that range from nuclear threats from terrorists to domestic threats if the men tasked with providing the president with protection are falling down drunk on the job? And what does it say about the president that he can't get a security detail that doesn't do that?
What do you think is causing the Secret Service agents to continue to disrespect the safety of the commander in chief's life and safety while on foreign soil?