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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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