Thompson Reacts to Bhutto Assassination

From CBS News' John Bentley:

DES MOINES, IOWA -- Fred Thompson talked to CBS News about the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

"I had a chance to visit Pakistan a few years ago and I talked to Musharraf and other leaders there and I followed it closely ever since. It is an important part of the world," Thompson said.

Obviously there is a personal tragedy. There is a a national security interest as far as we are concerned. There is a stability question as far as Pakistan is concerned," he continued.

"It's a very touchy situtaion. I said earlier this morning that it looked to me that without question it was an Al-Qaeda backed operation. I notice in the last little while they have taken credit for it now."

"I think the fact that a secular woman had a chance of ascending to power in Pakistan again as prime minister probably drove the more looney of them to do something like that -- that in of itself. Plus the fact that this reminds us that this is part of a much greater picture - this is a war that we are engaged in and it is an international conflict...Pakistan and other parts of the world are part of this and they are under attack."