With all of the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, not to mention Japan’s nuclear disaster following the earthquake and tsunami, some of the attention on U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has been deflected. However, our two-part Q&A with Air Force First Lieutenant Ray Gobberg—a communications pro in Afghanistan—shines a spotlight on U.S. efforts in the region. In the interview, Gobberg is confident that some success can be achieved, but says it might take longer than the American public has patience for. What do you think about Gobberg’s efforts to help the Afghan government build trust with its people?
–Scott Van Camp