By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
In response to a post last night, I wanted to assure everyone that we will indeed air a profile of Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, U.S. Navy Seal, the newly-named recipient of the Medal of Honor. He recieved the Medal posthumously, for an action in Ramadi, Iraq, in September of 2006. On that day, Monsoor's team came under sudden attack, during a mission to provide covering fire for other U.S. forces. A grenade was thrown at Monsoor's position; he covered the blast, and in doing so, saved the members of his team. Members of his family spoke today. President Bush will present the medal to his family at the White House on April 8th, when we will air his profile on Nightly News.
As retired four-star General Barry McCaffrey likes to point out, we have never, in our nation's history, had a more battle-hardened U.S. military force. As he puts it, "courage (34,000 killed or wounded), leadership, initiative, intelligence, discipline, civic action." I believe its important for citizens to know stories like Monsoor's -- stories like those we chronicled on this blog for over 100 straight weekdays (always available here). As we mourn the recipients who are not with us to accept our thanks, we honor those who are.
And Dear Joan: I don't know why anyone would waste a minute of their time on my neckwear. Doesn't it seem especially silly given topics like the one I've discussed above? I've never understood it...but I'm always flattered that people chose to watch -- and they (most of them) certainly mean well!