Are there many things you regret about your former line of work?

Only that I didn’t take advantage of some of the travel opportunities that it afforded me and that there are some images of just how depraved and inhumane human beings can be that are permanently seared into my brain.

I enjoyed the work, for the most part; it was intellectually stimulating, opened my mind to new points of view, exposed me to cultures I’d never have otherwise encountered, I had the opportunity to directly affect U.S. and allied nations’ policies and, more than anything, it reconnected me with the woman I married.