I'm surprised that there isn't a lot of talk about the potentail risk that the death of Pakistan's President would pose to the current political/military status quo in the middle east. Instability in Pakistan is very unsettling. I've met/known a couple of Pakistanis who assert that Musharif (sp?) is a great leader, and that the Army is the only professional, semi-reliable institution in the country. This, despite that he only came to power through a military coup. That being said, if he gets knocked off and an election is held, there appears to be a good possibility that a religious hard-liner could win election. Barring another military coup, we could then find ourselves w/ a Pakistan administration hostile to cooperation w/ the US. I forsee the need for the US getting more involved in Pakistan in the future ... quite a sobering thought. I sure hope the CIA is actively planning w/ Musharrif for an orderly succession.