By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
Jim Maceda spent a second straight day with the Marines, under fire in Afghanistan. Tonight we get to see what he's been through.
Last night's piece was harrowing -- not just because we knew our friend Jim was under fire, but because we were all seeing it for the first time; it was rolling out of our London control room, having been fed from the field into our London bureau by computer. We had seen and cleared the written portion of Jim's story, but not the pictures -- and so we watched it for the very first time along with our audience. He's with a great group of Marines who don't scare easily, and while they've been surrounded more than once over the past 48 hours, we don't fear for Jim's safety. He knows his way around a battlefield, and so do the men he's with.
We have several West Point cadets visiting today -- a great group, and I spent time with them earlier. We discussed the debate underway on our blog -- and my belief that this kind of an exchange is always a good thing.
We're off to start writing the broadcast -- I hope you can join us, and have a good weekend.