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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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