By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
That the British press -- that any media -- kept the secret of Prince Harry's location in Afghanistan (for 10 weeks) is these days quite remarkable. As I write this, with the proverbial cat out of the bag -- and the Prince exposed -- the British military is apparently mulling over pulling him out. The fear is that any Taliban unit knowingly stationed near a British outpost could randomly shell, mortar and fire on the Brits in hopes of scoring a random and fatal shot, resulting in tragedy. The shame of it is that Prince Harry wants only to serve and fight, and for that he deserves thanks and praise. He also wants to be left alone. At least he had 10 weeks of infantry anonymity, even if it must now come to an end.
In this line of work, we often know more than we can say. When, early on in the Iraq war, retired General Wayne Downing walked me into a Tactical Operations Center in the desert and showed me the electronic wall map displaying the entire U.S. war plan and the real-time location of all American fighting units, he didn't need to tell me that I was not to speak of it elsewhere. Ditto when we learn of the President's plans to travel to a war zone, or of protection plans for the President or candidates for office. It's a simple equation we apply, which balances the right to know... the NEED to know... with the value of American lives. Thankfully, common sense prevails more often than not.
We'll cover the story of Prince Harry tonight, and we'll also look at the economy and politics, and the auto business.
I must say I was thrilled -- overwhelmed -- to see the robust response to our remembrance of William F. Buckley last night. The truth is, time was running short yesterday afternoon, I was being called to the studio, and I had yet to write the WFB remembrance for the broadcast. But I was determined to tell the peanut butter story for our blog readers, and I'm glad I soldiered through. I thank you all for reading it. I'm glad that it seems to have touched a lot of hearts, and I thank all of you for writing, as always.
We hope to see you on the broadcast tonight, and thanks for watching.