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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: COBOL2Java

Holbrook died trying the impossible, implementing Obama Diplomacy.


101 posted on 12/13/2010 6:28:31 PM PST by AU72
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To: Ravnagora

I couldn’t believe it tonight when I heard that he had had some role during Vietnam and he was only 69. Guess it’s true - this guy was around a very long time as a PUBLIC SERVANT. This from Wikipedia:

In 1962, Holbrooke graduated from Brown University, where he was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s call to service to enter government work.[2] He was also influenced by the guidance of Secretary of State Dean Rusk, whose son, David, was Holbrooke’s closest friend at Scarsdale High School.[3] A few weeks after college graduation, Holbrooke entered the Foreign Service. A year later, after Vietnamese language training, he began six years of service in and on Vietnam. He served first in the Mekong Delta, as a civilian representative for the Agency for International Development working on the rural Pacification Program. This involved supporting the South Vietnam government with economic development and enacting local political reforms. Holbrooke then moved to the US Embassy, Saigon where he became a staff assistant to Ambassadors Maxwell Taylor and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr..[3] During this time, he served with many other young diplomats who would play a major role in American foreign policy in the decades ahead, including John Negroponte, Anthony Lake, Frank G. Wisner, Les Aspin, and Peter Tarnoff. As the conflict in Vietnam escalated, President Lyndon Johnson formed a team of Vietnam experts to work in the White House under the former head of the Phoenix Program, R.W. Komer, in an operation that was separate from the National Security Council. As a rising young diplomat with significant experience in the country, Holbrooke was asked to join the group when he was only twenty-four years old.

Following his time in the White House, Holbrooke served as a special assistant to Under Secretaries of State (then the number-two position in the State Department) Nicholas Katzenbach and Elliot Richardson. In 1968, Holbrooke was asked to be part of the American delegation to the 1968 Paris peace talks, which was led by former New York Governor Averell Harriman and Deputy Secretary of Defense Cyrus Vance. He also drafted a volume of the now famous Pentagon Papers, a top-secret report on the government’s decision-making in Vietnam. Following these assignments, Holbrooke spent a year as a mid-career fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


102 posted on 12/13/2010 6:30:42 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Paleo Conservative

Dr. Michael DeBakey was able to fix the problem by implanting a dacron tube.

That was an exciting perid, amazing advances in treating cardio-vascular surgery. Remember the first artificial hearts?

My father-in-laws aneurysm was associated with advanced lung cancer.
We have got to see health care reform repealed. Those minutes, hours, days...years are very precious.
They were the best times f-i-l and I enjoyed together. I have incredibly precious memories of those few days....


103 posted on 12/13/2010 6:33:26 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Ravnagora

He went through more than 20 hours of surgery.
___________________________________________________

How awful for his wife and family...

It must have been torture for them...


104 posted on 12/13/2010 6:39:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Ravnagora

Who is he? what has he done? and why are these people more important then our brave men and women who die in combat?


105 posted on 12/13/2010 6:40:04 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Revolting cat!

If only we knew now what we’ll know years from now.


106 posted on 12/13/2010 6:41:06 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Ravnagora

The MSM is deeply saddened.


109 posted on 12/13/2010 6:45:49 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Colorado Cowgirl
The minute I heard Obozo was praying for him...

Obama talks to himself?

110 posted on 12/13/2010 6:45:59 PM PST by woofie
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To: KoRn

My father had the same thing.

All of a sudden his BP started dropping and he felt like he couldn’t move or breathe.

He underwent many hours of surgery and they repaired his aorta. Basically what happened is that it sprang a leak/tear.

He is fine now.


111 posted on 12/13/2010 6:50:07 PM PST by JRochelle (My predictions on 2/3/2010: It will be Thune/Rubio in '12.)
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To: WestwardHo
Dr. Michael DeBakey was able to fix the problem by implanting a dacron tube.

No a surgeon trained under Dr. DeBakey performed the surgery. You trucated my the quote.

112 posted on 12/13/2010 6:54:08 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: 23 Everest

Armitage.


113 posted on 12/13/2010 6:54:32 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Ravnagora

As a Christian I will offer prayers for Mr. Holbrooke, and especially his family.

Today, however, my prayers, and deeply personal grief, are focused a little closer to home. I just got word today that a young friend, a lad from my church who I watched grow up and used to have many a talk with about his future plans, was just killed in Afghanistan by a truck bomb. I don’t have official details but the area in which he was serving matches the one in the incident that just made the news here.

He was twenty-three years old, loved his country, and survived two tours in Iraq. He died, in no small part, because of the insane ROE’s, disingenuous no-win strategies and just plain evil machinations and betrayals of men like Mr. Holbrooke.

I will pray for them both - God will sort it out.


114 posted on 12/13/2010 6:55:04 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: kcvl
Kati Marton, born on February 4, 1956 in Budapest, Hungary. She is an actress and journalist. Her marriage to Peter Jennings was her second marriage. She was previously married to Carroll Wetzel for 3 years.

Their marriage was described as often turbulent. They separated from one another in 1987 for five months after Peter learned of her affair with columnist Richard Cohen.

Kati is now married to former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

Well, well... sounds like my kinda girl...

115 posted on 12/13/2010 6:57:18 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: tarheelswamprat

God bless your young friend.

He’s the one I feel bad for.

*****


116 posted on 12/13/2010 6:57:27 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

There was a time when, if a famous person died, Freepers would call people out if they posted things like “may he burn in hell”, because “we’re” supposed to be better than that and have more class. Even when we disagreed with their politics we didn’t show the deceased such disrespect.

That was supposed to be the kind of thing only Democrats would do.


117 posted on 12/13/2010 6:57:57 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: Ann Archy

He isn’t anymore.


118 posted on 12/13/2010 7:01:03 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: JRochelle

Wow. Good luck and blessings on your dad. Torn aorta is usually fatal...over 90% I hear. R Holbrooke had world’s best medical care and he did not come though


119 posted on 12/13/2010 7:01:03 PM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: Mannaggia l'America

LOL, he is a such a pig.


120 posted on 12/13/2010 7:02:50 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: Paleo Conservative

You trucated my the quote.

I apologize, that was not my intent. I was only thankful for the advances made because of Dr Debakey’s work.


121 posted on 12/13/2010 7:03:54 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: GoCards
Can a journalist die of a brain tumor? ☺
122 posted on 12/13/2010 7:09:30 PM PST by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: spokeshave

What’s the connection?


123 posted on 12/13/2010 7:11:57 PM PST by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: arasina

Very good post.


124 posted on 12/13/2010 7:21:58 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SlapHappyPappy

There’s a continued lowering of standards in all of American life, and it’s a shame to see it among those who identify as conservatives. Some may simply be taking their lead from Hannity who often acts as if he never heard the phrase ‘De mortuis nil nisi bonum’


125 posted on 12/13/2010 7:23:21 PM PST by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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To: SlapHappyPappy

My Grand daddy was happy as hell when Hitler died.


126 posted on 12/13/2010 7:39:08 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Ravnagora

I send my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

I will say only this about the man, as far as I’m concerned, one of traditional, CONSTITUTIONAL, America’s worst enemies died today.


127 posted on 12/13/2010 7:41:40 PM PST by warm n fuzzy (Really)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Touche.


128 posted on 12/13/2010 7:43:14 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Quickgun

Certainly not.;)


129 posted on 12/13/2010 7:45:47 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Ravnagora

Prayers for the family of Mr. Holbrooke, for comfort and strength in their time of loss. I wish for them only blessings in their time of mourning.


130 posted on 12/13/2010 7:54:39 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: Kolokotronis

....I’ll just say that in the unlikely event someone arranges a Panakhyda for [Holbrooke]...

It ain’t gonna happen, so you need not worry about it!!!!


131 posted on 12/13/2010 7:59:38 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Dacron. I used to have a summer suit made of Dacron and cotton...Well gone now....as is Mr. Holbrooke....sorry for his family, though...not sorry about Mr.Holbrooke...a feeling probably shared by many, many Israelis.


132 posted on 12/13/2010 8:00:51 PM PST by Postman
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Bill: “And may I give a hearty *W@@T!* to all you fine folks out there in Hooterville!”


133 posted on 12/13/2010 8:07:49 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Ravnagora

I’m surprised that he lasted as long as he did after being stricken. John Ritter suffered the same thing and didn’t even make it to the hospital OR - and it was across the street from his studio ...


134 posted on 12/13/2010 8:08:59 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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To: Pelham
What’s the connection?

If I know Bill, the connection is a bee line!

135 posted on 12/13/2010 8:09:37 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: tet68

I was wondering how he survived for so long, that is also always fatal unless you just happen to have a chest x-ray at the right time.


136 posted on 12/13/2010 8:09:52 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: Smokin' Joe; Beowulf9

Exactly what I was thinkin’!


137 posted on 12/13/2010 8:12:02 PM PST by LUV W (No compromise!)
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To: Lmo56

How come Holbrook lasted so long? Ritter was dead by the time he hit the floor.


138 posted on 12/13/2010 8:14:26 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: Ravnagora

How did he tear his aorta? Some type of trauma? Anyone shed a light on this?


139 posted on 12/13/2010 8:19:25 PM PST by csvset
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To: Lmo56

My Father’s Aorta ruptured in a trauma unit, and he was only given a 10% chance of recovery after fourteen hours of surgery. He was in ICU for a month, but he made it. He was never the same, and had short term memory issues until he was diagnosed with Alheimer’s. The doctor’s believed that the cause of the Alzheimer’s was the rupture of his aneurism.


140 posted on 12/13/2010 8:22:30 PM PST by sissyjane (Did you plug the hole yet Daddy????)
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To: hampdenkid

Ritter was weird, possible sexual problems, and apparently bought off by someone associated with Hussein.

Holbrooke was strong, determined, brave and pretty good for a State Dept. professional leader. However, he carried out flawed policies - Vietnam peace talks; Kosovo (if it blows up, you’ll know that Clinton failed); Afghanistan - a toss-up so far but he wasn’t liked by many in the field.

Still, a good man. RIP.


141 posted on 12/13/2010 8:23:22 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Thanks — but I was referring to John Ritter and wondering why he died so quickly while Holbrook lingered so long.


142 posted on 12/13/2010 8:25:33 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Ritter was weird, possible sexual problems, and apparently bought off by someone associated with Hussein.

If you want to be taken seriously you need to provide additional credible information.

143 posted on 12/13/2010 8:34:33 PM PST by Chunga (Go, Sarah, GO!! - Jim Robinson)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule; 23 Everest

Richard Armitage.


144 posted on 12/13/2010 8:35:21 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; hampdenkid; Chunga

Uh...were you thinking of Scott Ritter?!


145 posted on 12/13/2010 8:48:10 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: combat_boots

I join in prayer for his family and loved ones as they deal with his homegoing, God’s peace and guidance.


146 posted on 12/13/2010 8:48:24 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Gondring

No. I as wondering if anyone knew why Holbrook lasted so much longer than John Ritter.


147 posted on 12/13/2010 8:53:05 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: Poundstone
The UN is probably a necessary evil or at least it is a necessary evil once it sprang into being as the United States would probably be hurt more by withdrawing from it.

As it is, it little more than a reflection of the nations that are represented there; dictatorships, monarchies and limited democracies.

148 posted on 12/13/2010 8:55:50 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: sissyjane

My Mom had an aortic aneurysm detected and repaired in two complex procedures. The surgeons would not admit it outright, but we pieced together the fact that they experienced a problem controlling her oxygen during the procedure. She had stroke-like symptoms, but actually “weaker” brain cells died from lack of oxygen in her brain, which is not considered a stroke. Perhaps something similar happened to your Dad.


149 posted on 12/13/2010 8:56:37 PM PST by MV=PY
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Milan Panic, the former prime minister of Yugoslavia, told me a story about Holbrooke several years ago.

Panic was a Clinton supporter during the 1990s but was strongly opposed to taking action in Kosovo. He called Clinton to say the Serbians were not committing genocide in Kosovo but was referred to Holbrooke instead. When Panic explained what was really happening in Kosovo, Holbrooke hung up on him.

Turns out Panic was right and Clinton and Holbrooke were wrong about Kosovo.


150 posted on 12/13/2010 9:10:03 PM PST by chrisinoc
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