December 28, 2007

Bhutto's murder awakes security concerns in America

The twin themes of global terror and the experience demanded of a prospective US president stalked a White House race rocked by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The murder of Pakistan's ex-prime minister, a fixture on US television news shows, thrust national security fears back into the spotlight, less than a week before first voting in Democratic and Republican nominating contests.

Several candidates and their surrogates suggested the turmoil sparked in Pakistan, a key US anti-terror ally, raised the bar for the qualities required of the next commander-in-chief. Other candidates argued the terror that erupted in Pakistan, was a reminder of the peril that also faced the United States.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the hero of the September 11 attacks, has seen his electoral hopes dim in recent weeks, as national security issues faded from the agenda.

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