The Obama administration sent 11 elite Secret Service agents to Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of a presidential visit for an international conference.
The agents stayed at the swank Hotel Caribe, where it is alleged they partied with hookers until the dawn's early light.
Once again, we have a Democratic president and once again the editorial pages are filled with sex talk.
These are not 11 bad apples. These are the best of the best in Washington.
The party-time attitude of the Secret Service reflects a president who blows millions on vacations to exotic locations hither and yon. He spent $250,000 of taxpayer money so he could fly to New York City to catch a Broadway show.
Even after the Secret Service party became an international scandal - an embarrassment that made the United States look like an imperial state slumming in Colombia - Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked up her heels and partied all night at a night club in Cartagena.
The disgust was felt worldwide.
"It is hard to imagine Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright or Henry Kissinger 'livin' la vida loca' on the world stage," wrote Nile Gardiner of the Telegraph in London.
"This was less an example of 'smart power' than a boozy nightclub audition for the sixth season of 'Jersey Shore.'
"Hillary Clinton's Colombian antics are an embarrassment for a high-level cabinet member on official duty, and have lowered the office of Secretary of State.
"Not exactly the sort of image the federal government should be projecting at a time of widespread public disillusionment with Washington excesses."
The conference was about illicit drugs, which are destroying democracies across the Western Hemisphere.
No accord was reached.