Rich Galen

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

The patriots who make up America's Foreign Service Corps are, short of war, the people who accept the responsibility for projecting our nation's foreign policy to every corner of the planet.

Some get to do it in places like Paris or London. Most get to do it in places like Kampala, Uganda or Sanaa, Yemen or Dhaka, Bangladesh.

These are most definitely NOT summer soldiers nor sunshine patriots. Through every season and in all weather conditions the members of America's Foreign Service are true patriots.

Ambassador Deborah Jones is surely one of them. But she is most assuredly not the only one of them.

As has happened so often in my life, I was once again blessed to be in the presence of American heroes.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at