So the Secret Service did secret things in Columbia that are no longer secret. Instead, they’re all over the news and and the agency is in a state of disgrace. Now, I am not a prude. I don’t care who has sex, as long as they’re both consenting adults. But an agent on assignment, even during his “off” hours, is still on the public time clock. Therefore, enlisting the companionship of a prostitute is just stupid. Period, case closed.
An interesting side development comes from current statements that if there were more women in the Secret Service, such a situation might not have arisen. I tend to agree, but not for the obvious reason. To suggest that female agents could act as babysitters for their more randy co-workers is ludicrous. (However, it’s a pretty sure bet that a woman agent could do a week in Columbia, or anywhere else for that matter, and not need to have intercourse.) What many federal agencies, and most corporations, fail to understand is that women offer entirely different types of reasoning, communication, and myriad other skills, than do their male counterparts. Not necessarily better, but different. And different is good.
Furthermore, since the women who apply for positions in male-dominated fields are clearly swimming upstream, I think the level of courage they exhibit is a great lesson for either gender.
Currently 11% of the active Secret Service agents are women. Similarly, 14.6% of active American military personnel are women. While neither the CIA nor the FBI publish such numbers, I’m guessing theirs are similar. Yet more than 50% of the American population is female. The time to rethink things has, come and come again.