What to make of the behavior of at least 11 Secret Service agents and apparently some members of the U.S. military in Colombia? They are alleged to have paid for prostitutes while they were supposed to be working on advance plans for President Obama's recent visit.
What were they thinking? Putting the moral issue aside for a moment, any one of these men could have been targets for blackmail. What if one of these women had been an Iranian agent, intent on assassinating the president and demanding information about his movements? This stuff doesn't just happen in novels and movies.
And now for the moral part. We're told some of these men -- maybe all of them -- have families. I suspect they will now be broken with all of the horrors surrounding divorce. But the culture screams "Do what you want" and some people -- even Secret Service agents and soldiers -- get that message.
There will be a congressional investigation, but exposure won't stop the moral collapse of the nation. Only revival will do that.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: April 17, 2012