In this week's House Intelligence Committee hearings, career diplomats dressed in somber suits who have often been derided as "elites," "insiders," "the establishment," and even "the Deep State" got the chance to tell Americans how they have been nonpartisan representatives of America from administration to administration.
Those parts of their testimony weren't news "bombshells." But their words are worth noting.
Ever since he was a child, Michael Menta looked up to his uncle Sal Leone for becoming a Marine. Menta would eventually follow in Leone's footsteps to serve his country, enlisting in the Navy during his senior year of high school.
Their shared veteranship brought them closer.
"We spoke the same language," Menta said, when he and Leone visited StoryCorps last month.