"American diplomats risk their lives simply by going to work everyday," Nicholas Kralev said.
As a newspaper correspondent for the Financial Times and the Washington Times, Nicholas Kralev traveled to 80 countries, visited 50 U.S. Embassies and interviewed 600 career diplomats. He also traveled with four U.S Secretaries of State.
"It's so interesting and rewarding for a journalist to witness some of what is happening, and also witness some of what is happening behind the scenes," Kralev said.
Kralev spoke at the Palm Springs Air Museum about his new book, "America's Other Army." He talked about foreign policy, just over a week after our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, died during a terrorist attack. Kralev knew friends of Ambassador Stevens.
"Going out there among the rebels in Libya last year, he exactly did that, the boots on the ground, down in the dirt, hands-on diplomacy, rather than the official tie and suit diplomacy most of us think is going on," Kralev said.
"The State Department, the White House, Congress, currently reviewing every security measure that has been put in place," Kralev said about the security around U.S. Embassies after what happened to Stevens.
Kralev says most of the security focuses on the Embassy compounds, and not as much on so-called "soft targets", other locations where American diplomats and their families may be.
"I think Congress might be willing, having seen what happened recently, to perhaps give the State Department a bit more resources to beef up security at the other non-Embassy facilities," Kralev said.
Many believe the anti-islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims" sparked the anti-American violence.
Has this started something?
"I don't think so. I think what it did was it taught lessons. So embassies in other countries now are more careful about their own security measures. I think it put people on their toes," Kralev said. "There always will be a trigger. A cartoon in some country, a film in another country, someone said a speech off the record, something that shouldn't have been said. There's always an excuse. It's never justified."