By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
As we often try to do around here, we hosted a noted energy expert today for an informal lunch and editorial board meeting. Daniel Yergin came by, and was very generous with his time and opinions. He was quoted over the weekend in a New York Times piece on the current situation in Nigeria, and testified before Congress just days ago. He's a veteran of the energy wars -- and by temperament and experience he remains optimistic that technology will emerge to help us with our problems (he is quick to point out it will take more than technology alone). That is a gross oversimplification of the long and nuanced presentation he gave (answers to our non-stop questions), but as experts go in this vital field, he has seen it all, over two generations of American life -- from the gas lines of the mid-1970's... to the gas lines I saw while driving the family on the Jersey Turnpike this weekend.
The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine have both contributed to the renewal of the discussion of the war in Afghanistan. I feel as if our trip there was timed well to coincide with an increase in attention to that conflict, where we just learned that the number of coalition troops who died exceeded the U.S. death toll in Iraq for the second straight month. Our focus aired last week, in the story we hand-carried back from the field and , on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, is also proving timely. A lot of people have asked about the trip, and how I found the Americans in the fight. I found morale to be high -- highly-motivated soldiers who believe in the mission and the people (and history) of Afghanistan. I heard many open complaints about resources -- specifically, not having enough because of the drain that Iraq represents.
We're working on what we think is a very solid Monday night broadcast -- for a number of factors, a lot of our stories have to do with the environment tonight. We hope you can join us.