Already the “Northern Distribution Network”, which relies in large part on overland links through Uzbekistan, delivers over 50% of NATO’s non-lethal supplies to Afghanistan, a number set to rise to 75% by he close of 2011.
via International Crisis Group : Why Uzbekistan matters.
So, to Herman Cain among others, it is important to know who the president of Uzbekistan is, it is Karimov by the way.
p.s. And his human rights record is um… bad.