Scandal in Columbia!

In a major embarrassment for Washington at the Summit of the Americas attended by more than 30 heads of state, 11 U.S. Secret Service agents were sent home and five military servicemen grounded over \”misconduct\” allegations in a hotel.

Prostitutes were taken to the hotel, according to a Colombian police source.

But, umm, why is this a scandal?

Every town in the US has tarts that will call in to visiting businessmen at their hotels. Why is the existence of the same in Latin America scandalous?

And surely no one at all thinks that \”military personnel\” never take advantage of those services at home?

16 comments on “Scandal in Columbia!

  1. The only thing shocking about is that the prostitutes where not already in the hotel, service standards are clearly slipping in that part of the world. Of course, if they did try to dodge settling the account, they deserve everything they get.

  2. Well Dominique Strauss Kahn boasts that he didn’t pay for his prostitutes either, and some people think this is a good thing.

  3. And surely no one at all thinks that “military personnel” never take advantage of those services at home?

    Only as long as they’re secret services…

  4. “But they’re French, therefore grotesquely unimportant when it comes to the mores of the civilised world?”

    As someone once said, setting your moral compass at 180 degs from a Frenchman’s puts you in a safe place.

  5. “Colombia”, not “Columbia”.

    You wouldn’t get DoD or Secret Service using hookers in the District of…

    Ah. As you were.

  6. Ran this story past the Colombian G/F.
    She says he’s lucky Americano. He try that in Medallin he get his cajones handed to him on a plate. The salsa & fritas to go with them she give free out of the goodness of her heart.

  7. “And surely no one at all thinks that “military personnel” never take advantage of those services at home?”

    Nowadays its illegal for military personel to do this even in areas where its legal – standing orders prohibit it.

  8. World War I, the Yanks demanded that the French close down brothels near American bases; with all those young men in the clutches of the government it was seen as a fine opportunity to teach them some social purity.

    They’re a game of two halves, the Yanks. They come up with great things like rock’n'roll and proper burgers, but that vicious puritan element always ruins them. The sad thing is that we gave them it, so it’s all our fault really, ultimately.

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  10. Nowadays its illegal for military personel to do this even in areas where its legal – standing orders prohibit it.

    Standing Order No1 prohibits drinking alcohol too. Mostly hono(u)red but not completely. I suspect the same thing goes for brothels.

    I’ve certainly known US officers be ‘strangely absent for a short period’ in certain less salubrious (well, often, more salubrious than the nearby bars) establishments. But that may predate the non-bonking rule.

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