Claudia Rosett tackles the wisdom of malia's spring break excursion to Mexico, explaining that, even though it is good to be king, a bit of noblesse oblige might be appropriate.
Twenty-five Secret Service agents are making the trip, which seems like a lot, and they are may be augmented by local police (if anyone trusts them).
Still, stories like this, torn from yesterday's headlines, give pause:
Investigating Beheadings, 12 Officers Slain in Mexico
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers who had been sent to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities said Monday.
Six state and six local officers were killed and 11 officers were wounded Sunday night on a road leading out of the town of Teloloapan, between Acapulco and Mexico City, said Arturo Martínez, a Guerrero State police spokesman.
The officers were traveling in six patrol pickups and searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose heads had been dumped outside the town’s slaughterhouse earlier Sunday, Mr. Martínez said.
Twenty three cops killed or wounded - that sounds like a small infantry engagement.
Obviously the Secret Service is better trained and better equipped, and they won't be wandering the sides of roads looking for clues. And Oaxaca, where the vacationing party is frolicking, is not subject to the recent State Department travel advisory and is several hundred miles from this battle. Still, the bad guys seem capable of delivering astonishing amounts of force. But so does Michelle, so what choice did Barack have?
ERRATA: The State Dept did identify the area between Acapulco and Mexico City, where this incident ocurred, as problematic:
You should also exercise caution and travel only during daylight hours on highway 95D (cuota/toll road) between Mexico City and Acapulco and highway 200 between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. In Acapulco, defer non-essential travel to areas further than 2 blocks inland of the Costera Miguel Aleman Boulevard, which parallels the popular beach areas.