During the late ‘90s, the Camp Lejeune library shared a parking lot with the base Burger King. On weekend mornings, I’d park my pickup between the two and visit the library until hangover hunger sent me scurrying across the asphalt for a burger and fries to go with whatever books I’d checked out.
Dewaine is a reluctant Russophile, comic book aficionado, and avid Crossfitter. He is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts creative writing program and blogs at: http://fsconotebook.blogspot.com.
In discussions of the steroid-fueled action star pantheon of the 1980s, the heroes of the two movies I grew up revering most—Action Jackson and The Last Dragon—tend to get left out. Neither wore capes, but for me—an 11-year Marvel Comics aficionado more interested in nailing kick-flips than three-pointers—both Detective Sergeant Jericho “Action” Jackson and “Bruce” Leroy Green were superheroes.
Security is a thankless trade. Is diplomacy similarly underappreciated? The deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 underline just how risky an undertaking diplomacy can be. Dewaine Farria, a former U.S. Marine Embassy Guard, reflects on the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the value of diplomacy.