Remember all those movies you’ve seen where the heroic American diplomat saves the day? Oh, I’m sorry. I’m thinking of the heroic soldier or CIA spy or “average Joe wronged by the system.” The Department of State official is generally the nerdy little guy who spouts regulations, hinders everything, and then gets punched by our hero.
Welcome to your future portrayal in the media if you join the U.S. Foreign Service. Maybe that’s not 100% true, but it feels like it. For whatever reason, diplomats tend to be portrayed as, at best, inept and, at worst, the villain in most films. Why this is I could only guess. (My number one guess would be our lack of guns.)