I’m shocked! Shocked to find that GAMBLING is going on in here!

A piece in the Seattle Times explains that State Department travel warnings, which harm tourism in the country on the receiving end, are influenced by political considerations. (I’m shocked!)

Noting that the State Department’s treatment of London bombings were delayed, contained scant detail and provided warning for just a few hours, when less serious country warnings don’t expire for months

    Jim Grace, CEO of InsureMyTrip.com, an online seller of travel insurance, puts it, “if the State Department issues a travel warning, Tony Blair would be on the phone to President Bush pretty quickly, saying ‘Hey, what are you doing to our economy? We’re supposed to be best allies.’ ”

Of course the State Department denies this, and simply claims to be incompetent instead

    “We are a bureaucracy and unfortunately these things don’t always happen as quickly as one might hope.”

I think I’ve seen this play somewhere before

    Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

    [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]

    Croupier: Your winnings, sir.

    Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

    Captain Renault: This is the end of the chase.

    Rick: Twenty thousand francs says it isn’t.

    Captain Renault: Is that a serious offer?

    Rick: I just paid out twenty. I’d like to get it back.

    Captain Renault: Make it ten. I’m only a poor corrupt official.

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About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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