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Holbrooke’s Death Leaves Void In Obama’s Afghan Strategy

December 16, 2010 by  

Holbrooke's death leaves void in Obama's Afghan strategyThe United States lost one of its most respected diplomats on Dec. 13 with the passing of Richard Holbrooke.

Holbrooke, who served as President Barack Obama's chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died from complications after a surgery to repair a torn aorta. He was 69 years old. Holbrooke was a foreign policy adviser to four Democratic presidents, and perhaps his crowning moment came in 1995, when he helped broker a peace agreement between warring factions in Bosnia.

According to media reports, Holbrooke's family members said his last words before his death were: "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."

According to FOX News, the pressure is now on the President to find a suitable replacement for Holbrooke, who was instrumental in providing U.S. aid to Pakistan and building up American civilian liaisons in Afghanistan.

"There will not be another Richard Holbrooke," Kenneth Weinstein, president of the conservative, nonprofit Hudson Institute, told the news provider. "He really was a unique figure."

Holbrooke's death came at a time when diplomatic tensions are high in Afghanistan. Nasrullah Stanikzai, legal adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, complained that Holbrooke paid more attention to Pakistan and India than to Afghanistan, according to The Washington Post

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  • 45caliber

    Per unwritten journalism rules, you never say anything bad about someone who just kicked the bucket. You wait 25 years to print the bad stuff. Then after about another 25 years of being kicked around, they finally print the real truth about someone. That’s why they try to insist that everyone wait for 50 years after someone has died before you try to make a holiday or something similar about them. I’ll wait to see what they have to say about this guy in 25 years – if I’m still around then.

    • Michael J.

      45 calibre,
      I think you have the right idea, all this praise and especially the praise coming from Hillary which makes me suspicious, not too mention nauseous. There is one thing I can tell you for sure, there will be one empty chair at the next Bilderberg meeting as a result of Holbrooke’s passing.

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  • LiarsMustBeDefeated

    People who promote and incite wars have their (evil) reasons. If Holbrooke brokered a peace treaty, then he deserves honor and approval. Evil, however, produces only fighting, anger, war and their consequences. Shun evil and DO GOOD.

    • 45caliber

      As was pointed out to me many years ago, some wars are good.

      Take the American Revolution for instance. If we hadn’t fought a war then, we’d still be under British control and paying through the nose for all their nice things.

      Or take some of the wars in Africa. One tribe gets into power and then tries to use the army to exterminate all the other tribes in the country. A war to stop them actually stops the murder of innocent people.

      So not all wars are evil – nor are all “peace treaties” good.

  • Stan Lee

    Holbrooke was a very positive type of diplomat. How he was able to cope with Obama’s weak and questionable Afghan policy will never be answered by the present Washington regime. It must have been very frustrating, probably heart-breaking for a results oriented individual like Holbrooke.

    Consider the indecisive assemblage of “dignitaries” he had to deal with, just on our American side. Obama and H. Clinton for starters. How could anyone know what they were doing?

    Even more, Gen. Petraeus and his troops have my deepest sympathies.
    The only “strategy” Obama has is bailing out and they’re stuck with that C.I.C.

  • http://none ridge runner

    This war like every other war 0r any contest can be won if enough pressure is applied.If you are going to knock a person out you have to hit him hard enough to get it done. You don’t use a feather.If you are in a war zone and a man is trying to kill you if you don’t shoot first then you you are dead.You can’t fight any other way and win.A war is not a cival police action and you shouldn’t be held accountable for excessive force. Any other way will only get alot of unnessary casualties.Give our troops the nessary equipment and if they kill enough of them it will be over .If they cant be let do their job then bring them home and let the people over there take care of their own problems. as long as those idiots stay over there it is ok to me.If they pull another 911 then remove them from exsistance.

  • http://personallibertydigest CRAPGIVER

    as a war veteran, and many years, of reserch, with lots of pain, have learned, that unless, we go to war, to defend this grat nation of ours, against foreigne an domestic enemies, the only reason, those wars are created, is for the sole pourpose, of exterminating,our sons and dauthers, which are the future of rhis nation,by those criminals in office, that have never done anything,for the country, that gave them,everything and more that, they have, but don’t deserve, biblical history , revels to us that a TRUE KING goes to war with its men of war, but now our days, those COWARDS only creat wars, even doe never been in a conbat field, where a man gains respect,and honor for its comitment, to establish pease thrugh war if necesary. while the cowards,try to earnet through lies,desception,betrayals,hate.and lot of hunger for power.

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