Katie Couric landed in Iraq a few days ago.
The CBS anchorwoman writes in her blog:
I was in New Orleans last week, which seems like nirvana compared to Baghdad.
You can’t help but wonder if this place will survive, much less thrive. Meanwhile, all U.S. and Iraqi soldiers patrolling the streets have my renewed respect and appreciation.
One-hundred-and-ten degrees with full-body armor and heavy uniforms. I don’t know how they do it.
But they do, and we should be grateful.
Katie Couric knew she would have high-level access during her trip to Iraq, but it wasn’t until yesterday morning that she discovered just how far that would extend.
Yesterday, a general called CBS’s Baghdad bureau chief to say that the CBS anchor should go to a nearby heliport to be taken to an undisclosed location for an important interview.
She was flown to Anbar province to see and interview President Bush, who was making a surprise stopover in Iraq en route to Australia.
A surprise visit.
And a surprise interview.
(Picture by Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)