This whole story is truly beginning to aggravate me
. The only
good thing about it is that it breaks up the news coverage [if one considers it hard news, that is] swirling around lusty, sneaky and allegedy dubious-beyond-description golfers. Didn't President Obama make a major-league important speech last week sometime? Good heavens, though ... it gets little or no attention what with the lead news stories being wrecked-into fire hydrants/fallen 'heroes' and/or big-haired blondes sneaking into political functions! But I digress. That's just the typical state of the news (or is it entertainment?) media over here in the US. I agree. "Shame on us" for letting this sort of nonsense happen by watching it all so avidly. First (even though they messed up, in a perfect storm, all over the place) I applaud that Secret Service guy for owning this mess in his press conference. It was a noble thing to do, taking full responsibility like that. And, in my opinion, he wasn't a bit wrong, either. Security, both his group and some others, let what could have been a complete catastrophe happpen. I'm sure it was simple human error (and that happens in any organization, no matter what) but in this case letting crazy unauthorized people into rooms where several gadzillion heads of state/powerful leaders are all milling around in close proximity? Not a very forgivable display of "human error", I realize.
But about these irksome Salahis. The Secret Service taking 'full responsibilty' has, possibly, taken them off the hook for any responsibility of their own? I have a mighty problem with that. It rings to me something like this (very different, but not entirely so) scenario: If you leave your house and forget to lock up and some pair of thugs walk in without having to get crafty about it and steals all your stuff? What's the deal, then? Is it you, the homeowner's fault, for the robbery? The thieves are scot free because you were sloppy enough not to lock the door? Personally, I don't think so. They broke in (locks in place or not) and are no better than any other criminal who might have to break windows to get in had you inconvenienced them with pesky locks or alarms. The official types are owning up to their laxness in this instance and have handled their end of it with dismissals and much public scorn, etc. The Salahis? They're calling themselves "victims", I saw the other day. Bah. They're no more than intruders and security risks. Since I'm so sick of seeing the two of them? I say throw 'em in jail. And that sounds a bit harsh (especially from my usually mostly
liberal and permissive self
) ... but, in this case, I mean it. I don't think they should get the death penalty, or anything. But I think a fair share (and then some) of the consequences should land squarely on them.
Whew. I've been waiting to snort about this "event" for days now. I feel exorcised