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At age 54, Benazir Bhutto’s political career and life came to a bloody end today in Pakistan.  Guest host Lawrence O’Donnell gets the latest developments from Pakistan and considers the life of Bhutto through the memories of a friend. Also, does the US Army's new armored vehicle fit the mission in Iraq?


Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (C) waves to supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated in a bomb attack December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Pakistani Opposition Leader Bhutto Assassinated 39 MIN

Heads of state around the world are reacting to today's assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. President Bush delivered his comments from his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Who will fill the vacuum her death leaves in Pakistani politics?  Who will carry her banner in the January election? Will that election occur as scheduled? How did Pakistan become unsafe for democracy? Will President Musharraf be able to control the aftermath of the Bhutto assassination? This, and a friend's personal memories of Bhutto. 

Guests:
Shahan Mufti, Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
Marvin Weinbaum, Senior Scholar, Middle East Institute
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post (@GlennKesslerWP)
Peter Galbraith, former Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan for the UN Secretary General

Reporter's Notebook Military Gives a Second Look to Armored Trucks 10 MIN, 40 SEC

Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles have been rushed into production by the Pentagon to replace Humvees in Iraq. Triple the size of Humvees, these MRAPs are designed to resist roadside bombs, the most common killer of American soldiers in Iraq.  But some in the Pentagon worry that the vehicles are arriving too late and will be particularly ineffective in counter-insurgency tactics. We get two perspectives. 

Guests:
Peter Spiegel, Financial Times (@SpiegelPeter)
Robert Scales, President, Colgen Corporation

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