By Jim Hoagland
The Washington Post
Sunday, August 5, 2007; Page B07
Watching Pervez Musharraf perform brings to mind Fred Astaire. The Pakistani president tap-dances so nimbly across the world stage with such flair that you forget he is practicing a dying art.
Musharraf’s art is running a soft military dictatorship — albeit with civilian trappings — in a socially fractured Islamic nation that is a nuclear power and a key front in the U.S. war on global terrorism.
He has been dancing as fast and as skillfully as he can as he balances atop the most dangerous country on Earth.