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Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

•, by Amy Goodman
 President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after returning from the Summit of the Americas. He spent three days in Colombia, longer than any president in U.S. history. The trip was marred, however, by a prostitution scandal involving the U.S. military and Secret Service. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “We let the boss down, because nobody’s talking about what went on in Colombia other than this incident.” Dempsey is right. It also served as a metaphor for the U.S government’s ongoing treatment of Latin America.
The scandal reportedly involves 11 members of the U.S. Secret Service and five members of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who allegedly met prostitutes at one or more bars in Cartagena and took up to 20 of the women back to their hotel, some of whom may have been minors.

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Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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Not so fast, with those knee-jerk comments!

Jumping into a conclusion is not warranted at this point of the investigation of this incident. Acting like a hanging Judge that condemns before the investigation is completed is the game radical left and their anti-Statist accomplices usually play with their myopic shoot-in-sight bigotry. I am not saying you are one of them, but I am just telling you who they are. If you don’t know, it will help you know.

There is a lot to be desired the way this CIA "embarrassment" is being reported. Don’t mar and mislead the progress of the investigation with your Satanic contempt and condemnation, as if you knew what actually happened when what you have is the worse part of a second hand information.

You must not be carried away by "news reports" published with ulterior motives, i.e., like what you read in the Front Page every day. These are Libertarian "reporters" reporting, not neutral reporters. "Reporters" from Fox News and MSNBC report about President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama differently like poles apart. Their stories are chalk and cheese [if you are familiar with this cliché].

Consider the following:

1. One of the fired Secret Service Supervisors had already threatened to file a suit – that means what were reported so far may not be all true. The basis of the suit may provide the missing links. This nagging possibility is not yet even cleared as the investigation still continues.

2. Blackmail could be the cause of the incident. The interviewed prostitute claimed that she agreed to go to the hotel with the secret service agent on his promise that he will pay her $800. The Agent denied this. The Agent said there was no such agreement, that’s why he just paid her $30. The woman called the attention of her companions and reported the matter to the hotel management who could be in cahoots. It could be a blackmail – this particular prostitute and the rest of them could have known beforehand that their "clients" were in a "sensitive" mission, so that after the "services" were rendered, this particular "escort" demanded that the Agent has to pay the price she wants or else …There were two sides of the story – did the investigation clear this up? No, not yet!

3. Finally – and this is the bigger one – there could be a "mole" in the secret service entourage playing under the covert scheme of the "director" -- either [a] the host government of Columbia or [b] any of Obama’s unidentified "enemy".

[Par a] is a stronger possibility than [Par b]. Obama is attending a Summit in Cartagena, Columbia. His pitch in the Summit was to neutralize if not abolish the drug cartel, which drug-producing-dealing countries of Latin America, primarily Columbia, vigorously opposed.

[Par b] is simply the fact that it is election-campaign time in the United States, and Obama’s political enemies are not resting. They see to it that Obama’s defeat is assured.

All of these are within the realm of possibilities that people talk about and the results of an honest-to-goodness investigation will clear the air of suspicions and misgivings. However, like 911, this scandal has generated a truckload of conspiracy theories that, as sticky as the Kennedy assassination, would never go away.

Comment by James Eldridge
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I always thought that the biggest scandal with the Secret Service was when they walked away from the Kennedy motorcade allowing him to be shot. There is a video on YouTube showing them being told to step back from the car. Whatever happens with president O, I could care less. 

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