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Katie Couric, Iran and Israel

Monday, 04 September 2006 12:00 AM

Katie Couric's big debut this week as the new anchor of the CBS News has received more hype than the Super Bowl and World Series combined.

The latest news is that all sorts of celebrities will "grace" her show this opening week — stars from the president to former President Clinton to Walter Cronkite to — of all people — Rush Limbaugh!

What does any of this have to do with delivering the news each evening?

Is CBS trying to re-create the TODAY show at 6:30 p.m.?

Or is their thinking that they need a melange of celebrity/political people to juice up her initial ratings?

This isn't a political campaign which needs endorsements; it is the home of Edward R. Morrow and the aforementioned Cronkite — the place where we all used to go to get that day's news. But not anymore; the ratings for all three network newscasts are steadily declining while those of the three cable news networks are increasing.

Plus, the Internet is rapidly becoming the source of news for most people — especially the young. (CBS, NBC and ABC news shows are watched by an older audience averaging 61 years old.)

The hype for Katie is unprecedented; when Rather replaced Uncle Walter or Brokaw took over for John Chancellor we never had TV ads, bus and billboard signs, hype on the U.S. Open tennis tournament on CBS and a Hillary-like "listening tour" around the country to learn what kind of news people actually want!

Katie and CBS have renounced the previous "too-pessimistic" versions of the nightly news and instead said they are going to offer solutions to problems and air-time for differing points of view.

We'll see if this will work.

Or if it will be yet another nail in the coffin of the three network news divisions.

Iran and their nuke program: They aren't dumb, those Persians. They talk a good game and meet with that sap from the U.N., Kofi Annan, and all the while their scientists are working 'round-the-clock to develop a usable nuclear device.

Iran wants into the nuclear club ASAP because they know that once they're in the exclusive club, they are not going to be attacked or invaded by the U.S. or any other country.

Having the big one is the best deterrent. Period.

They learned from our pre-emptive invasion of next-door neighbor Iraq: If you have the bomb you are immune from an invasion; if you don't have it, you may get hit to prevent the development of those weapons.

The shame of it all is that our Iraqi campaign has so weakened us — militarily, financially, politically and especially credibility-wise — that we cannot lead the world campaign against this Tehran regime. Simply stated, Bush blew it on Saddam and is no longer credible to sound the alarm bells

And, boy, do the Iranians know it!

Not only did President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cite Bush's falling approval ratings on CBS' "60 Minutes" two weeks ago, but their former President Khatami, touring the U.S. this week, repeatedly cites "Bush's declining popularity" as a sign that our campaign against Tehran is not working.

All of this has come about because GW Bush did not think through the long-term ramifications of our pre-emptive invasion of Iraq. It was — and is — inevitable that the removal of a strongman (Saddam) would result in not only civil strife but a vacuum into which Iran has gleefully stepped.

Furthermore, it was foreseeable that an emboldened Iran would exploit a weakened U.S.

All of this is happening now — and nothing will change until after our 2008 presidential elections when we and the world will see what is the will of the American people.

The political establishment in Israel is in a shambles because of their pathetic conflict with Hezbollah. Utter turmoil has taken over.

Whoever would have thunk that Israel would be caught flat-footed by an Arab guerilla group?

But they were — and this once-great military and intelligence establishment has grown fat and too-happy-to-rely on high tech equipment which by itself will not root out motivated, well-trained Arab fighters.

Make no mistake about it: Israel is in serious trouble. That country's future is indeed endangered by a growing nuclear capability in Iran and in the precarious position of the Pakistani government.

Wiping Israel "off the map" — as many Muslim leaders have said — is their ultimate goal.

Could yet another Holocaust really happen?

Yes, it could.

Israel better get its act in gear and soon.

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