Have We Seen The End Of Diplomacy? Guest: William Burns, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Bill Burns was Deputy Secretary of State, and Ambassador to Russia and Jordan. A consummate diplomat, he served over 30 years in the foreign service under five Republican and Democratic presidents. He tells Jim Zirin of the demeaning of Foreign service officers coming out of the impeachment hearings, the decline in morale among our career diplomats, the budget cuts that have decimated the State Department, and fears we are bordering on the end of diplomacy.