Regarding William Booth’s April 23 “Letter from Cartagena” [“In this Colombian city, trouble is easy to find”]:
It was a gratifying moment when President Obama joined Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos two weeks ago at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, where the U.S. leader acknowledged the tremendous progress that Colombia has made over the past decade in restoring peace, security and prosperity.
Colombia is proud of its progress and is grateful to the United States for its continued support. We are, therefore, disappointed that the U.S. media’s major takeaway from the summit was the Secret Service scandal. Mischaracterizations published in this newspaper, among them that “Cartagena is swimming in prostitutes,” are not only wildly inaccurate but disrespectful to the hardworking citizens of Colombia’s jewel on the Caribbean.
Clearly, there are legitimate reasons for pursuing the Secret Service story. I would ask, however, that better care be taken in characterizations of the beautiful city of Cartagena.
Gabriel Silva, Washington
The writer is Colombia’s ambassador to the United States.
William Booth’s “Letter from Cartagena” mentioned the Cafe Havana, “where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton danced at the close of the summit last week.” Why is it that the media have focused so much attention on the conduct of some Secret Service agents before the Organization of American States summit, yet there has been far less public scrutiny of Ms. Clinton’s post-summit behavior in a bar, aside from a few snapshots of her waving a scarf while dancing and drinking beer from a bottle.
I ask you: Why are the media condoning, maybe even covering up, such public conduct unbecoming the secretary of state of the United States?
Albert LeQuang, Ashburn