Assymmetric Secret Servicing Initiative: Obama's Colombia Visit Found To Subsidize Local Alternative Monogamy Market
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2012 23:35 -0400
Obama may not be the most successful president when it comes to creating jobs at home, but when success is measured by the number of blowjobs outsourced abroad, he may be truly second to none, as his visit to Colombia proves before it has officially begun. According to the AP, "A dozen Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct."Relieved here being a perfectly randomly selected verb. Because according to a tipreceived by The Associated Press "the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that allegation." Or, as Goldman would call it, an "AsSymmetric (Secret) Servicing Initiative" where much more than just inside information is leasked. Unfortunately, while he may be far more successful in generating jobs in Latin America than domestically, even those jobs have proven to be quite transitory, just like virtually all quickie temp jobs "created or saved" in the US in the past several years. Furthermore, just like in the US, we doubt that the incremental wealth benefits will trickle down to the local population. After all, unlike in the US, endogenous Colombian liquidity may be abundant everywhere but certainly not at the central bank, which is far, far tighter at a rate of 5.25% (and rising), compared to extra loose central planners the "developed" world over.
More on tomorrow's watercooler talk:
and....A U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents at 12. The agency was not releasing the number of personnel involved.The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and the author of a book about the Secret Service, told the Post that he had learned that 12 agents were involved, several of them married.The incident threatened to overshadow Obama's economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the U.S. The White House had no comment.And no, Obama was not among those directly subsidizing the oldest profession in Colombia.Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president's arrival Friday night.Obama was attending a leaders' dinner Friday night at Cartagena's historic Spanish fortress. He was due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders Saturday and Sunday.Ironically enough, in traditional economic canon, a transaction spillover, occurs in the context of an externality, not internalities. Perhaps all this Neo-Keynesian gibberish really was true all along...All joking aside, here is how Politico framed the 5 political benefits (with or without friends) that the Colombian visit was supposed to embiggen. We can probablytrim that list to one: endless humor for the late night stand-up comedy circuit as well as hours of rhetorical poetry waxing by Obama's political adversaries.
Obama's Dirty Dozen: 12 Secret Service agents sent home in disgrace after drink fuelled encounter with prostitute...who exposed them after they refused to pay
- At least one of the agents is reported to have been found cavorting with Colombian prostitutes
- Several of the 12 men sent home are married
- The misconduct is believed to have occurred before the President's arrival in Colombia for the Summit of Americas
- Hotel employee claimed that the men were drinking heavily prior to the incident
A dozen Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Barack Obama at an international summit in Colombia have been sent home over allegations that at least one of them was found to be cavorting with prostitutes.
A source within the Secret Service has been quoted as saying at least one of the officers had been involved with prostitutes and there may have been a dispute over payment leading one of the prostitutes to go to the police, who alerted the State Department.
It is believed that none of the agents sent home were part of the Presidents protective detail and that two of those relieved of duty in Colombia were supervisors.
Barack Obama arrives to Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena, Colombia, today where 12 of his secret service agents were sent home from for misconduct with prostitutes
Arrival: Mr Obama is met by a Colombian marching band as he disembarks from Air Force One
'There have been allegations of misconduct made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia prior to the President's trip. Because of this, those personnel are being relieved of their assignments, returned to their place of duty, and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel,' confirmed Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan in a statement.
Another U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents at 12.
The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes.
The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.
Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and the author of a book about the Secret Service, told the Post that he had learned that 12 agents were involved, several of them married.
It is thought that the agents at the heart of the allegations were staying at Cartagena's Hotel Caribe.
Reports from an anonymous hotel employee claimed that the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel around a week ago and that they were drinking heavily during their stay.
A number of the White House staff and traveling press corps were also staying at the hotel.
Although prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia, the Secret Service is said to consider solicitation inappropriate behaviour for its agents.
The incident threatened to overshadow Obama's economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the U.S. The White House had no comment.
President Barack Obama (blue shirt) surrounded by Secret Service agents during a visit to the Port of Tampa, Florida on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia earlier today
Security: Police patrol the waters surrounding the convention centre in Cartagena where the Summit is held
It also rounded off an embarrassing week for Obama after Democratic party lobbyist Hilary Rosen's controversial comments about Mitt Romney's wife Anne.
The White House attempted to distance itself from the lesbian who said Mrs Romney 'never worked a day in her life' and had no clue about issues faced by women who work.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying, 'The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.'
'These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.” said Donovan of conference in the Colombian port city Obama and more than 30 world leaders are attending.
Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president's arrival on Friday night.
Greeting: Mr Obama shakes hands with Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos at the start of the summit
Obama was attending a leaders' dinner on Friday night at Cartagena's historic Spanish fortress.
He was due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Those involved had been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were being replaced by other agency personnel, Donovan said.
The matter was turned over to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the agency's internal affairs.
and keep this in mind , this was a very high level event ( Bilderberg )
President Obama’s off on Air Force One to attend the Summit of the Americas meeting this weekend in the beautiful seaside city of Cartagena, Colombia.
Secretary of State Hillary “The Texter” Clinton, will be taking her plane — then heading from there to meetings in Brasilia and Brussels.
And Hill folks will also be headed to the quadrennial mega-gabfest, to grip and grin with some 30-plus other heads of governments.
(The fun will be to see how things go when they run into lefty anti-Americans like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez or Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.
A couple of House congressional delegations — including a bipartisan group headed by House Foreign Affairs subcommittee chairman Rep.Connie Mack (R-Fla.) — are packing to go. Also signed up are: Reps.David Rivera (R-Fla.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Tex.) and Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
Curiously, not many senators seem to be going. In fact, it may be that the only one going from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a possible vice presidential pick, who we’re told is flying commercial to attend.
Seems like he’s going to a lot of trouble. “Sen. Rubio has pushed to promote democracy” in the region, spokesman Alex Conant explained. “This summit is a good opportunity for Sen. Rubio to discuss the importance of democracy with leaders from around the region.”
Well, if handled properly, it could also help boost his foreign policy chops.
Reminds us of a foreign jaunt made by another potential vice presidential pick back in 2004. That would be John Edwards, whosecriminal trial is set to begin Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.
Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance laws related to the payment by two wealthy donors of nearly $1 million to help hide his pregnant mistress while he was running for president. (What was he going to do with her and the kid if he won?)
Edwards gave a speech in June 2004 at the Bilderberg conference that was widely credited as one reason John Kerry chose him.
Edwards, joined by GOP strategist Ralph Reed, talked to the uber-secret group of global powerbrokers about the upcoming election. Edwards focused on “the insecurity of American workers that persists even when economic statistics” get better, the New York Times reported. (Might be a theme for Mitt Romney to pick up on if the economy is improving in the fall.)
The late Richard Holbrooke, then a senior foreign policy aide to Kerry and also at the conference, told the Raleigh News and Observer that Edwards wowed foreign leaders at the event.
Okay. So a nice shouting match with Hugo or Danny, appropriately videotaped, would be excellent.