today i celebrated with colleagues who serve this nation by going to places like Peshawar, Islamabad, Beirut, Sana’a, Baghdad. most serve without weapons. their service is overlooked.
rather than call them heroes, as with our military cousins, more often they are belittled with terms like “cookie-pushers”. But:
It is statistically more dangerous to join the Foreign Service than the armed forces. While few military personnel experiences combat, embassies and consulates are now terrorist targets… about three times as many ambassadors as admirals and generals have been killed by hostile actions since WWII.