Actually, this scandal is far worse than advertised.
(1) The Secret Service–as well as any of the military Special Operations groups involved–is hardly a group of chaste altar boys. Like any other government entity, these entities attract all types. For every Secret Service agent who could be Tim Tebow with an MP-5, there are at least 2 others who are closer to Roissy on the hedonist scale.
This is probably not the first time that Secret Service folks have gone whoremongering. It is the first time they got caught.
(2) Still, that this scandal spans the Secret Service, and at least two branches of the military–I’m willing to guess the Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces–shows that this is probably not an isolated matter. But even if it is, the potential for catastrophe is deep and wide.
(3) Three of the Secret Service agents involved are (were) members of the Counter-Sniper team. Anyone who says that none of the President’s personal security detail was involved, doesn’t get it.
The counter-snipers–in addition to being some of the top sharpshooters in the world–are integral to the development of the President’s security plans. They know when and where the President will be, as they are positioned so they can provide sniper cover for the President. They know security protocol; they can name names. If any of these guys flip–or otherwise get compromised–situations can get very ugly in a hurry.
And no, I’m not talking about the President’s upcoming Colombia visit, although that should be an area of concern.
Oh heavens no…I’m talking about stateside.
As much as I loathe President Obama, the last thing I would ever want to see is a would-be (or actual) assassin get to the President. In my lifetime, RFK was assassinated; President Ford escaped–TWICE–by the skin of his teeth (Had Squeaky Fromme ensured that her .45ACP was chambered, Ford would have been killed.); Reagan nearly died when John Hinckley, Jr. got close-in for a point-blank shot with a .22. Had Hinckley used a .45ACP, Reagan would have died.
Many folks forget that the Gun Control Act of 1968–which led to a VERY abusive local, state, and federal gun control culture–was a reaction to the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK. The situation got so bad that a DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED Congress and Senate passed the Firearm Owner Protection Act of 1986, and curtailed the extent to which the BATFE can harass citizens.
If Obama gets hit, the road to fascist Police State will expand from a two-lane road to a ten-lane superhighway lacking a speed limit.
Ergo, I want the Secret Service to do a fabulous job.