When I was a kid, all the way through grad school, I thought working in the Foreign Service would be about the coolest thing possible. I didn't end up there...looks like that might be OK after all!
Check out this NPR post for a short rundown on the current state of affairs.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19315183&sc=emaf It comes as no surprise that both numbers and morale are down. We've had no interest in diplomacy for at least 8 years now.