I'm thrilled to have just received an advance galley copy of the upcoming book, "The Fourth Star," by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe. It profiles four contemporary U.S. Army Generals: Casey, Abizaid, Chiarelli and Petraeus. It just so happens that I've come to know all four men (in varying degrees) and have found myself at the same social and public events with several of them, in addition to having spent time with each of them individually in Iraq. I have my feelings about each of them -- a collection of my own observations and those of other former senior officers whose opinions I trust. Every American generation has its own military commanders -- and in the post-Vietnam, desert-and-mountain warfare era of today, these 4-stars will be among the big military names, and will be much-dissected. In the few minutes I've had the book in my hands, I've already speed-read a chapter or two, and there are already some familiar scenes, names and circumstances in these pages. I can't wait to get to the rest of it.
If you are -- shall we say -- less than riveted by the Sotomayor hearings, the author of this piece is of like mind -- and it may sum up your mindset as well. We'll cover it tonight, along with the missing piece of fuselage, and our popular Making A Difference segment. We hope you can join us.