His stunning comment this morning points to the kind of challenges facing a new president. Pakistan already has nuclear weapons. And Gergen says it approaching the kind of financial ruin that will set the extremists in the country into motion to take power.
Gergen has distinguished himself as a mostly non-partisan political observer who has been in administrations of both parties.
(UPDATE 11:06 P.M. CDT: AP reports -- Pakistani soldiers are battling militants on three fronts in the northwest of the country. In the past, the government has tried unsuccessfully to make peace deals with the insurgents, drawing criticism from the United States.
In the latest fighting, Pakistani fighter jets bombed insurgents in the northwest's Swat Valley, killing up to 25, the army's media center said Monday. The bombs hit an ammunition dump, causing extensive damage.
In nearby Bajur district, seven more insurgents were killed when jets bombed their positions, said Muhammad Jamil Khan, the No. 2 government official there.
Whichever side wins in Pakistan or is trying to win could unleash nuclear weapons on the opposition or traditional adversary India. And India has its own nuclear weapons.
A new president will have to organize the world to bail out Pakistan with a mega-billion-dollar package. That means you the taxpayer will have to help someone else before yourselves -- again.