Are the multiple breaches of White House security about which the editors of the Wall Street Journal complain in this editorial:
Whatever resolution the agents of the Secret Service used to call upon to protect the lives of the President and his family has apparently long since departed this once-elite corps. This month’s astonishing breach of the White House, supposedly one of the world’s most secure complexes, has exposed a culture of incompetence and duplicity. Government failures are legion, but rarely are they so dangerous.
The core mission of the Secret Service is to prevent an attack on the chief executive’s person and that includes defending the White House. Yet this crude intrusion would be implausible in an airport thriller. The guy waltzed in the front door.
consequences of executive incompetence or a change in culture in the Secret Service? Ultimately, I don’t think we have a ready substitute for doing things because they the right thing to do or because your honor requires it. How many are only apparent due to a changing culture in a press in which the compact to reflect only the best in certain government institutions has broken down? We may simply know too much about the Secret Service or, as Voltaire put it, no man is a hero to his valet.
These are questions not answers. I do think the reaction to the man getting into the White House is overly agonistic but that’s par for the course these days. The truth about the incident will come out in due course.