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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.
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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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