Lawrence Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, and is now principal adviser to the Obama presidential campaign.
The North Florida Committee on Foreign Relations hosted a lunch in downtown Tallahassee in Korb's honor.
Our own Triston Sanders was a guest at the lunch, as well as Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and other state and local leaders.
After lunch, Korb spoke at FSU hoping to keep students informed about the issues in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As he told Triston in a one-on-one interview, he wants students to stay abreast of America's involvement in the conflict in the Middle East.
"Get involved in these issues before they happen," Korb says. "This country went to war in Iraq without a thoughtful debate, they didn't understand the consequences. Similarly, if President Obama continues to increase our forces in Afghanistan we want to ask what's the end game? How will we know when we've achieved our objective? How long is it going to take? We were told we'd be in and out of Iraq in a couple of months, we're still there. I think, in my personal opinion, we will be in Afghanistan for another 10-20 years and the American people need to know that. And these young people need to think about that. It's going to impact their lives."
Lawrence Korb has written more than 20 books and appeared on several shows including "60 Minutes."