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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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1 posted on 12/13/2010 4:59:55 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Again ?


2 posted on 12/13/2010 5:00:44 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: Ravnagora

We knew this was coming.
God rest his soul and comfort his family.


3 posted on 12/13/2010 5:02:57 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: al baby

I’m with you, I thought he died yesterday or day before.


4 posted on 12/13/2010 5:02:57 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: al baby

This guy did everything he could do to undermine Bush. he will not be missed by me.


5 posted on 12/13/2010 5:03:23 PM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

Hm why’d they remove the first thread?


6 posted on 12/13/2010 5:04:26 PM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: al baby
Nancy Sinatra: You only die twice (or so it seems)!
7 posted on 12/13/2010 5:04:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Ravnagora

Wow. I participated in several meetings last year with Holbrooke when I was deployed to Afghanistan. He was abrasive and single-minded with many. With my team (we were helping the Afghans run their presidential election) he was much kinder. Like him or dislike him, he was as effective as probably any senior diplomat could be in the complex situation that is Afghanistan. This is a blow to our effort in Afghanistan, make no mistake.


8 posted on 12/13/2010 5:04:46 PM PST by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: al baby

Prayers!

They say they go in threes. Edwards, Holbrooke and ?. Yikes


9 posted on 12/13/2010 5:04:50 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: tet68

Amen....I was praying for him. I hope and pray he was ready to meet his Maker.


10 posted on 12/13/2010 5:05:31 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Ravnagora; a fool in paradise

All these threads about famous people dying! Why no threads about famous people being born?


11 posted on 12/13/2010 5:06:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Ravnagora

Well, his timing for an injury was good. It was before Obama care. 69 years old....20 hours of surgery....Under Obama care he would have been left to die. Oh wait a second, I guess that only applies to us ‘regular’ citizens.


12 posted on 12/13/2010 5:06:53 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Ravnagora

Wasn’t he the one that outed Valerie Plame?


13 posted on 12/13/2010 5:07:05 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Ravnagora

Condolences to his family and friends. Can’t say I ever really liked him much but he was always brave enough to go on Fox News and take the heat and represent his point of view.


14 posted on 12/13/2010 5:07:05 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Poundstone

I understand he met with his team earlier today and the comment from all was that he’s as tough as nails. Prayers up to his family.


15 posted on 12/13/2010 5:07:08 PM PST by StarFan
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To: tet68
You are right. The minute I heard Obozo was praying for him, I knew he was a goner. Obozo prayers never even reached the ceiling, much less the ear of God.
16 posted on 12/13/2010 5:07:22 PM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Outlaw Woman

and the death tax. right?


17 posted on 12/13/2010 5:07:59 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: GoCards

Obama ? He did not look well at the Clinton press conference


18 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:04 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

Ping!


19 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:10 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

Ping!


20 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:33 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

Ping!


21 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:33 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

bttt


22 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:53 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: 23 Everest

No that was Colin Powell’s buddy. His name escapes me right now.


23 posted on 12/13/2010 5:08:53 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: 23 Everest
That was Richard Armitage.

-PJ

24 posted on 12/13/2010 5:09:01 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: Revolting cat!

“All these threads about famous people dying! Why no threads about famous people being born?”

That only happened once.


25 posted on 12/13/2010 5:09:07 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

The journalist that died of a brain tumor? Novak? or Armitage???


26 posted on 12/13/2010 5:10:22 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: Ravnagora

He was as responsible as anyone for the disastrous mess in Yugoslavia. As a private person, I wish him well. But he was definitely the kind of foreign policy guy you would expect clinton and obama to choose.


27 posted on 12/13/2010 5:10:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Mmogamer

No link


28 posted on 12/13/2010 5:10:51 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: refermech

sorry he’s dead. that’s about the best i can say for an anti-american traitor bastard.


29 posted on 12/13/2010 5:12:16 PM PST by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: 23 Everest

That was Richard Armitage.


30 posted on 12/13/2010 5:12:16 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward with Confidence!)
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To: Poundstone
Nice sentiments you've posted.

RIP Mr. Holbrooke.

31 posted on 12/13/2010 5:13:16 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Ravnagora

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.


32 posted on 12/13/2010 5:14:32 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: RedMDer

Right, thanks.


33 posted on 12/13/2010 5:16:05 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Poundstone

Thank you for your service—and I’ll take your word for what you saw.

May the Ambassador rest in peace.


34 posted on 12/13/2010 5:16:46 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Beowulf9
“All these threads about famous people dying! Why no threads about famous people being born?”

That only happened once.

You get the outstanding reply award for today, imho!

35 posted on 12/13/2010 5:18:37 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I absolutely agree.

Only once.


36 posted on 12/13/2010 5:19:51 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Revolting cat!
All these threads about famous people dying! Why no threads about famous people being born?

Algore was many years from inventing the Internet when I was born. The Fairness Doctrine has prevented all such announcements ever since. *\;^)

37 posted on 12/13/2010 5:21:44 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Beowulf9

Best post of the day.


38 posted on 12/13/2010 5:21:52 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: Beowulf9

Bravo.


39 posted on 12/13/2010 5:22:44 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Nachum; Alamo-Girl

ping


40 posted on 12/13/2010 5:22:53 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah coel Jmeth. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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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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