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Richard Holbrooke has died
ABC News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jack Tapper

Posted on 12/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST by Ravnagora

ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died.

On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta. He went through more than 20 hours of surgery. Earlier this evening, speaking at the US State Department, President Obama sang Holbrooke's praises and called him "a tough son of a gun."

Holbrooke, 69, was a former ambassador to the United Nations and served as chief negotiator at the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia.

The New Yorker's George Packer wrote a nice story about Holbrooke last year, which you can read HERE.


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To: basil

He was extremely capable. I first encountered him when I attended a meeting in 2000 in Tokyo with the Japanese foreign minister (Holbrooke was our UN ambassador at the time). Holbrooke’s mission was to get major countries to contribute more to the UN budget, which was under serious stress. I know, I know, the UN is a dirty word here — but the UN does a lot of good stuff everyday that doesn’t make the news. Anyway, Holbrooke made a very strong presentation on why Japan should do more to contribute, but it wasn’t browbeating or anything like that — his appeal was basically “if you like the many things the UN does right, be aware that all of that is endangered because they’re running out of money.”

As I noted previously, he liked the mission our election team was doing, so we had good relations with him. He didn’t try to micromanage us the way he did other parts of the embassy.

I don’t know how others here will feel about this, but I’m convinced he would have been a great Secretary of State.


41 posted on 12/13/2010 5:23:11 PM PST by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: 23 Everest

No, that was Richard Armitage.


42 posted on 12/13/2010 5:23:22 PM PST by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Well stated, and dittoes.


43 posted on 12/13/2010 5:24:40 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Ravnagora

when I read yesterday on FR that obamanation said he was praying for Holbrooke, I knew that it was all over but the crying. muslims pray for evil against unbelievers.


44 posted on 12/13/2010 5:25:45 PM PST by bareford101 (For me, there is no difference in a tolerant, open mind and a cess pool. Both are open to filth.)
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To: Ravnagora

From what I know about him, he was a complicated guy. Some liked him and many disliked him. My understanding was that you didn’t want him as an enemy. Many in the military couldn’t stand him. So I can’t say much except RIP.


45 posted on 12/13/2010 5:27:11 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Ravnagora

Rest in peace Richard Holbrooke.

46 posted on 12/13/2010 5:27:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Poundstone

Not sure we would want him handling the entire world the way he did Yugoslavia.


47 posted on 12/13/2010 5:28:09 PM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: truthguy

I am sure there are those in Serbia who are not saddened as there are muslims in that part of the world who revered the man.

The Lord will decide.


48 posted on 12/13/2010 5:29:08 PM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: Ravnagora

Hope he was ready.


49 posted on 12/13/2010 5:29:26 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Ravnagora
Holbrooke spun with the best of them during the Clinton years.

He was as far left as they come.

50 posted on 12/13/2010 5:30:35 PM PST by what's up
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To: Poundstone

Again—thank you for your input.


51 posted on 12/13/2010 5:31:11 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: John W
John W wrote:

Not sure we would want him handling the entire world the way he did Yugoslavia.

John, you can be absolutely sure that you wouldn't.

*****

52 posted on 12/13/2010 5:31:25 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

How does one get a “torn Aorta” anyway? Does it happen when you are stretching it too much? I try to be more careful with mine. We only toss it around when we are on padded carpet, and all tosses are underhanded.


53 posted on 12/13/2010 5:32:23 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Ravnagora

His estate must be pleased.


54 posted on 12/13/2010 5:32:30 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (I'd rather take my chances with someone misusing freedom than someone misusing power.)
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To: Ravnagora

If my memory serves, this is the same condition that claimed the life of John Ritter.


55 posted on 12/13/2010 5:33:23 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Ravnagora

I liked his Mark Twain show.


56 posted on 12/13/2010 5:33:43 PM PST by Clovis_Skeptic (The answer to 1984 is 1776!)
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To: diverteach

Holbrooke on board of directors of the CFR
Also a member of the Trilateral Commision
Regularly attended Bildeburger group.

One less new world order globalist puke as far as I’m concerned.

Condolences to the family left behind.


Well said. I’m in total agreement.


57 posted on 12/13/2010 5:34:07 PM PST by unkus
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To: Ravnagora

Condolences to the family and friends of Richard Holbrooke.


58 posted on 12/13/2010 5:34:50 PM PST by PGalt
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To: al baby

If you are over 65 and smoked in early life (teen to late 20’s)....get an ultrasound scan of your aorta stat.


59 posted on 12/13/2010 5:36:37 PM PST by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: Colorado Cowgirl
Obozo prayers never even reached the ceiling, much less the ear of God.

That's because his azz is up in the air instead of his head.

60 posted on 12/13/2010 5:36:47 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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