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  • Inside Holbrooke's War With the White House

    01/14/2011 4:38:52 PM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2010
    President Obama delivered a soaring eulogy for the late Richard Holbrooke today, calling him a "leading light" of U.S. diplomacy. But ... the president's warm remarks belie a far more complex relationship between the President and Holbrooke...Attention also turned to his tumultuous final years, when Holbrooke was portrayed as a disruptive force within the Obama administration, whose relationship with top American and foreign officials had chilled, and whose professional tenure was nearly over... The authors mine interviews with people who knew Holbrooke in Kabul, Islamabad, New York, Brussels, and Washington—including his wife Katie Marton, Gen. David Petraeus, and Secretary of...
  • Senior Obama advisor comes to Iran

    05/13/2009 9:59:49 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies · 831+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | Wed, 13 May 2009 06:39:29 GMT | MT/AA
    Vali Reza Nasr, a senior Obama administration advisor on Iran, has come to Iran. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani and former parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel may be behind the visit. "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was informed well after Nasr entered the country," Tabnak reported on Wednesday. Nasr was appointed senior advisor to Richard Holbrooke -- the special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tabnak and Fararu claim the unannounced trip by the US official to be linked to the recent release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Taliban 'Could Cut Links With Al Qaeda'

    09/11/2012 3:33:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10th September 2012 | Sam Kiley
    The Taliban may be prepared to renounce terrorism and sever links with al Qaeda, accept a power sharing role in a new Afghan government and even tolerate American bases in their country, according to a new report. A panel of four experts from the Royal United Services Institute interviewed four senior figures - each one part of the "pragmatic" or "moderate" part of the Islamist movement - at a secret location in the Arabian Gulf. The four figures, among them two former Taliban ministers, a Mujahideen commander and a well-connected negotiator, surprised the experts by insisting that they had no...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Holbrooke knew Pakistani Generals were lying on India ['Cutting US aid would increase distrust.']

    04/22/2013 11:27:40 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    PTI ^ | April 22, 2013 | PTI
    Late Richard Holbrooke, the first US special Af-Pak envoy, was fully aware that the Pakistani generals were lying to him on their support to the Islamic extremist groups against India, but he was against cutting off military aid to Islamabad, a new book has said. In his latest book "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East", the two-time Pulitzer winner David Rhode said Holbrooke wanted massive aid for Pakistan and launch some signature big projects there, in the absence of which he increasingly became frustrated with the USAID. "While publicly praising the Pakistanis, he was tough- minded...
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • United States establishes contact with Mullah Omar [Taliban Chief]

    06/14/2011 9:53:10 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 34 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 15, 2011 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: The US has established contacts with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar to negotiate an end to the conflict in Afghanistan, a media report said on Tuesday. Abdul Haqiq, a former Afghan Taliban spokesman who used the alias Mohammad Hanif, played a key role in helping Washington reach out to Mullah Omar, The Express Tribune newspaper quoted a source as saying. Haqiq was arrested by US and Afghan intelligence agents in Afghanistan in June 2007. He was one of the high profile Afghan Taliban spokesmen along with Yousuf Ahmadi, appointed after chief spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi was arrested in...
  • Holbrooke's plea for talks with Taliban leader

    10/22/2009 6:29:29 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 27 replies · 718+ views
    Press TV ^ | Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:44:31 GMT | AR/MB
    US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke had requested talks with Mullah Omar during his July visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Holbrooke, asked Pakistani officials to make the effort in bringing either the Taliban leader or his special representative to the negotiating table.Holbrooke's request is being considered in Taliban's leadership council by Mowlavi Abdul Kabir and Mowlavi Abdul Latif Mansour, the report adds. According to a member of Taliban's leadership council, during his Islamabad visit in July, Holbrooke opposed suggestions by Pakistani officials that his appeal for talks with the Taliban leader should be made public. Holbrook then demanded that the...
  • Frank Rich: Who Killed the Disneyland Dream? (The "Evil Capitalists" of course)

    12/26/2010 3:37:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 6+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 25, 2010 | Frank Rich
    OF the many notable Americans we lost in 2010, three leap out as paragons of a certain optimistic American spirit that we also seemed to lose this year. Two you know: Theodore Sorensen, the speechwriter present at the creation of J.F.K.’s clarion call to “ask what you can do for your country,” and Richard Holbrooke, the diplomat who brought peace to the killing fields of Bosnia in the 1990s. Holbrooke, who was my friend, came of age in the Kennedy years and exemplified its can-do idealism. He gave his life to the proposition that there was nothing an American couldn’t...
  • How a Torn Aorta Can Do Lethal Damage

    12/20/2010 10:19:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 72 replies · 3+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2010 | DENISE GRADY
    The death of the veteran diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke last week shocked Americans and his many colleagues around the world. Mr. Holbrooke, 69, was a larger-than-life figure, a fearless and robust man who was apparently struck down without warning. He became ill on a Friday, and was dead by Monday. According to government officials, the cause was a tear in his aorta, the artery that carries blood from the heart to vessels that feed the rest of the body. Mr. Holbrooke underwent 21 hours of surgery from Friday to Saturday to repair the damage, and then another seven-hour operation on...
  • Holbrooke Thought Highly of Himself, for Good Reason

    12/16/2010 4:58:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 16, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Reading "Masters and Commanders," Andrew Roberts's magnificent account of British and American leaders in World War II, I was struck by how many of them, working prodigious hours and under great strain, were struck down by heart attacks while in their 60s. This doesn't happen anymore, I thought, with the blood pressure and cholesterol medicines many of us routinely take. But it does, as we were reminded by the sudden death at age 69 this week of Richard Holbrooke, who was working prodigiously as Barack Obama's special representative for AfPak, i.e., Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke was known in cynical Washington...
  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • Bosnia & Kosovo: radical Islam, organ trafficking, and media bias

    12/15/2010 7:14:39 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Serbianna ^ | December 15, 2010 | Lee Jay Walker
    The conflict that raged throughout the former Yugoslavia was met by a wall of silence when it came to important issues. These important issues apply to America and the United Kingdom supporting Islamists in a brutal civil war in Bosnia and then installing a new nation by ignoring international law in Kosovo. Also, is it credible to believe that the vast majority of major news agencies and national governments did not know about thousands of Islamists in Europe who were sent to slit the throats and behead Orthodox Christians? Shoeless Holbrooke sits with Muslim Albanian gunmen that ran the organ...
  • Richard Holbrooke: An American Diplomat

    12/15/2010 7:04:17 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    Chronicles ^ | December 15, 2010 | Srdja Trifkovic
    A few hours before Richard Holbrooke’s death last Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a group of America’s top diplomats gathered at the State Department for a Christmas party that he was “practically synonymous with American foreign policy.” Her assessment is correct: Richard Holbrooke’s career embodies some of the least attractive traits of contemporary American diplomacy. As assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under Jimmy Carter, Holbrooke was instrumental in securing continued U.S. support for Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. In 1997 he authorized arms deliveries to Indonesia in violation of the supposed U.S. arms...
  • Richard Holbrook’s [sic] Last Words “Stop This War In Afghanistan”

    12/14/2010 7:23:52 AM PST · by libh8er · 53 replies · 1+ views
    AOMID News ^ | 12.14.2010 | Ben Adder
    Richard C. Holbrooke, 69, passed away Monday after doctors conducted the surgery to repair a tear in an artery in his heart. Most recently he served as the President’s point man in the highly volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone. World leaders today mourn the death of a diplomat who led the end of the Bosnian war on the 15th anniversary of the peace deal he helped design. Deal Maker Of Respect In 1995 Mr Holbrooke seized the opportunity presented by the Bosnian/Croatian military prowess against the Serbs and the Nato decision after the Srebrenica massacre to finally intervene with air attacks....
  • Holbrooke's Hole

    12/14/2010 4:50:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 14, 2010 | Staff
    War On Terror: The death of skilled diplomat Richard Holbrooke is said to be a devastating blow to our Afghan war effort. But diplomats don't win wars; they do, unfortunately, often lose them. 'A huge vacuum." "A major void." "A towering, one-of-a-kind presence." These are some of the extravagant descriptions bandied about after the unexpected death Monday of the 69-year-old Obama administration envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, "AfPak czar" Richard Holbrooke. The media love personalities, so it's no surprise to see this foreign policy adviser to four Democratic presidents rendered larger than life, especially since he'd been expected to become...
  • Ex-banker Quattrone arrested, faces criminal charges

    04/23/2003 7:55:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 213+ views via Yahoo! ^ | 4/23/03 | Luisa Beltran
    NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Former Credit Suisse First Boston star banker Frank Quattrone surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday morning and will face criminal charges, prosecutors said. James Comey, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will unveil the charges at a 1 p.m. ET press conference. Quattrone, a former star banker for CSFB, allegedly advised his colleagues in late 2000 to destroy documents while regulators were investigating the ways Wall Street investment banks were doling out shares of lucrative initial public offerings. The former banker is charged in a three-count criminal complaint with obstruction of justice, document destruction...
  • Google Rewards Top IPO Offender

    05/05/2004 6:00:52 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 114+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/5/04 | Bruce Meyerson
    NEW YORK – With all the anti-establishment, power-to-the-people refrains sounded in its IPO manifesto, it's curious that Google Inc. chose to reward the most notorious investment bank of the IPO boom to spearhead the initial public offering. Although Credit Suisse First Boston presumably cleansed its reputation two years ago with a $100 million settlement of federal charges, Monday's conviction of the firm's former star banker was a perfectly timed reminder of the greedy past that shadows one of Google's new Wall Street pals. It's not that the search engine company was obligated to jeopardize its chances of a big IPO...
  • Credit Suisse's Secret Deals

    12/16/2009 7:05:32 PM PST · by PaulAllen · 6 replies · 465+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 16, 2009, 8:08 P.M. ET | AARON LUCCHETTI And JAY SOLOMON
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Credit Suisse Group helped clients in Iran and elsewhere conduct financial transactions in secret, saying Wednesday the Swiss bank "established a business model to allow these rogue players access to U.S. dollars." Mr. Holder and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau detailed a decade-long effort by the bank to carry out transactions from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Burma and Cuba. The men announced a $536 million settlement by Credit Suisse, one of several banks accused in a long-running case that has netted roughly $1 billion in fines. The bank, which paid the biggest of the fines,...
  • Credit Suisse Caught Allowing Iranian “Rogue Players” Secret Access to US Dollars

    12/17/2009 3:14:34 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies · 444+ views
    Daily Reckoning ^ | 12/17/09 | Rocky Vega
    The US government already had to crack down on one Swiss bank, UBS, fining it $780 million earlier this year for illegally aiding American citizens in evading their taxes. Now, it’s Credit Suisse in the crosshairs for helping clients in Iran, Libya, Sudan, and other countries perform illegal transactions. The bank has since “accepted and acknowledged responsibility for its criminal conduct” and is now settling with New York City, New York State, and the federal government on fines totaling nearly $1 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal: “The men announced a $536 million settlement by Credit Suisse, one of...
  • Meg Whitman's name arose in federal probe of Credit Suisse bank

    05/30/2010 10:40:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 317+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/30/10 | Jack Dolan and Evan Halper
    Reporting from Sacramento — The name of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, a billionaire who has been defending her ties to embattled investment banking giant Goldman Sachs throughout her campaign, appears in the federal investigation of another Wall Street firm tarnished by scandal. Court documents filed by prosecutors in the aftermath of the dot-com bust show Whitman, then chief executive of EBay, listed among about 200 executives who were to receive gifts of deeply discounted stock from Frank Quattrone, then a banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. A star dealmaker during the late 1990s, Quattrone was twice indicted on obstruction-of-justice...
  • Fed Opens Books, Revealing European Megabanks Were Biggest Beneficiaries (Details you should see)

    12/02/2010 9:30:51 AM PST · by FromLori · 49 replies ^ | 12/1/2010 | Marcus Baram
    NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday reluctantly opened the books on its monumental campaign to save the financial system in the midst of the recent crisis, revealing how it distributed some $3.3 trillion in relief. The data revealed that the Fed's aid was scattered much more widely than previously understood. Two European megabanks -- Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse -- were the largest beneficiaries of the Fed's purchase of mortgage-backed securities. The Fed's dollars also flowed to major American companies that are not financial players, including McDonald's and Harley-Davidson, through unsecured short-term loans. The measure, initiated in Jan....
  • Richard Holbrooke has died

    12/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 234 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jack Tapper
    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,...
  • Diplomat Richard Holbrooke in critical condition (hole in Aorta)

    12/11/2010 9:23:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 DEC 10 | Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, editing by Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition after doctors completed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta on Saturday, the State Department said. The 69-year-old veteran U.S. diplomat was a key figure in forging the 1995 accord that ended the Balkans war. Holbrooke fell ill at the State Department on Friday. The department issued a statement saying Holbrooke was admitted to nearby George Washington University hospital on Friday. "This morning, doctors completed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta," the statement said. "He is in critical condition and...
  • Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Collapses, Hospitalized

    12/10/2010 2:44:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 10, 2010 | KIRIT RADIA
    Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke collapsed today during a meeting in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office, officials said. According to Democratic sources, Ambassador Holbrooke, Secretary Clinton's top aide for the region, gasped and was clearly undergoing a medical situation when he collapsed. He is said to have walked out of her office on his own power and was tended to by medical personnel at the State Department before being transported to George Washington University Hospital where to be treated for a blood clot. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley refused to confirm Ambassador Holbrooke's condition, but confirmed...
  • Holbrooke: No 'pure' Afghan victory

    10/24/2010 1:17:41 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | October 24, 2010 | Posted by Scott Wong
    Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, downplayed news reports of American “peace talks” with Taliban leaders, but he acknowledged that a “pure military victory” in Afghanistan “is not possible.”
  • Barack Obama's firing of Stanley McChrystal showed weakness and will backfire

    06/26/2010 10:33:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Barack Obama's firing of Stanley McChrystal showed weakness and will backfire He may have been hailed for his decisiveness, but Barack Obama sacked the wrong man and has yet to sort out his Afghanistan policy, writes Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 4:37PM BST 26 Jun 2010 For the Washington cognoscenti, the appointment of General David Petraeus marked the crescendo of President Barack Obama's Wonderful Week. In firing General Stanley McChrystal, Obama, the ultimate cool cat, was transformed into Mr Angry. The law professor finally became commander-in-chief. Obama, so the Beltway groupthink goes, turned a lose-lose situation into a political victory...
  • Don't stop with McChrystal

    06/24/2010 3:01:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2010 | Editorial
    President Obama yesterday fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top US commander in Afghanistan, replac ing him with Gen. David Petraeus. Obama, as commander-in-chief, had the right both in law and in custom to do so -- and, given McChrystal's injudicious remarks to a Rolling Stone reporter, it's no surprise that he did just that. We wish the president had retained McChrystal -- a brilliant field commander who is highly regarded by many political leaders in the region. At the same time, Obama did well in selecting Petraeus to assume battlefield leadership in Afghanistan. Time and again, Petraeus has proved...
  • US has no concern over IP gas deal: Holbrooke

    ISLAMABAD (June 20 2010): The United States has no concern on Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline as Pakistan is an independent country and the project is its own decision, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said here on Saturday. Holbrooke told a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi that work is going on regarding Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs). He said efforts are being made for more market access for Pakistan. He especially motioned the possibility of opening up market for Pakistani mangoes to America and said these mangoes were of very high quality and taste....
  • Worldview: Getting along with Karzai

    04/08/2010 2:47:18 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies · 336+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 8, 2010 | Trudy Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan - When Afghan President Hamid Karzai was meeting with provincial governors recently, he looked at his dinner and remarked, "Maybe the foreigners put some poison in my food." This story was told to me by someone who attended the event and said he thought Karzai was joking. But the Afghan leader's remark shows how low U.S.-Afghan diplomatic relations have sunk in a week when Karzai has repeatedly railed against foreigners and declared he won't be anyone's puppet. In recent weeks, Karzai has rushed to Iran and China to prove he doesn't depend solely on Washington and rebuffed U.S....
  • Holbrooke regrets 'callous' comment on Kabul attack

    03/05/2010 5:21:30 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies · 617+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Mar 6, 2010 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: A top American official on Thursday reeled back his remarks about a terrorist attack on Indians in Kabul that New Delhi found callous and offensive, providing a brief respite from growing US support for Pakistani interests in the region. Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, had caused dismay and anger in India earlier this week by suggesting that Indians were not the target of the terrorist attack in Kabul and there were ''other foreigners, non-Indian foreigners,'' who were also victims. ''Let's not jump to conclusions,'' Holbrooke advised about an attack that Indian and Afghan...
  • Holbrooke Strikes Again

    09/27/2009 10:32:56 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 354+ views ^ | September 13, 2009 | Vojin Joksimovich
    Holbrooke meets Kosovo Albanian terrorists and does not wear shoes during the meeting, an Islamic symbol that says he supports their cause.Holbrooke supported Balkan Muslim sepratists in Bosnia and Kosovo and delivered victory to al-Qaeda in Europe. Then from Bosnia they turned on the US on 9/11. Holbrooke now heads Afghan policy for Obama. Obama’s WarEight-year old Bush’s Afghanistan war has become Obama’s war. Obama has declared that war was both necessary and winnable. He committed 21,000 additional troops this year, bringing the U.S. force to 68,000 and more are likely to be sent. The current expenditures amount to $2.6...
  • A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Presidency?

    09/11/2009 10:15:29 PM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 1,620+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/11/09 | Bill Kristol
    The single most damning story about President Obama so far is one we know courtesy of his national security adviser, Jim Jones. Visiting the newly installed military commanders in Afghanistan in late June, Jones told General Stanley McChrystal that if he requested more troops any time soon, Obama would have a "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" (i.e., "What the f--") moment. Jones then, in an interview, made the claim--denied by everyone else involved--that military leaders had agreed that when the president earlier sent 21,000 troops to Afghanistan, "there would be a year from the time the decision was made before they would...
  • Hillary fed up?

    09/10/2009 12:01:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 95 replies · 5,007+ views
    Page Six ^ | 9-10-09
    Hillary Clinton is said to be frustrated with her lack of authority as secretary of state and resentful of the glacial pace of the White House vetting process. President Obama's picks fly in even if they didn't pay their taxes. But her picks take forever," noted one Democrat. "Plus, she has no real clout over Holbrooke or Mitchell. Richard Holbrooke is Obama's "special representative" for Afghanistan and Pakistan. George Mitchell is "special envoy" to the Middle East. Clinton is said to be considering quitting to retake her old US Senate seat now held by Kristin Gillibrand-- or running for governor,...
  • Obama reaches out to Islamist parties in Pakistan

    08/19/2009 12:41:10 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 1,210+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 19, 2009 | Adam Entous
    U.S. President Barack Obama has started reaching out to some of Pakistan's most fervent Islamist and anti-American parties, including one that helped give rise to the Taliban, trying to improve Washington's image in the nuclear-armed state. Obama's special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, is initiating dialogue between the United States and religious parties previous administrations had largely shunned, both sides said. John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush presidency, questioned Holbrooke's timing for trying to engage Taliban sympathisers on the eve of elections in neighbouring Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are battling the hardline Islamic group. "As a general...
  • U.S. reverses Afghan drug policy

    06/27/2009 7:28:14 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 36 replies · 1,377+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2009 | Phil Stewart and Daniel Flynn
    TRIESTE, Italy (Reuters) - Washington is to dramatically overhaul its Afghan anti-drug strategy, phasing out opium poppy eradication, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan told allies on Saturday. Richard Holbrooke, attending a G8 conference on stabilizing Afghanistan, also discussed efforts to support its August 20 election. Washington has nearly doubled its troops to combat a growing Taliban insurgency and provide security for the vote. "The Western policies against the opium crop, the poppy crop, have been a failure. They did not result in any damage to the Taliban, but they put farmers out of work," Holbrooke told Reuters after...
  • Obama stimulates the heroin industry

    06/27/2009 12:18:39 PM PDT · by Psion · 42 replies · 685+ views
    reuters ^ | June 27 2009 | Phil Stewart and Daniel Flynn
    U.S. reverses Afghan drug policy, eyes August vote * U.S. to phase out poppy eradication * Wants to avoid questions over Afghan vote * Seeks more aid for Pakistan RIESTE, Italy, June 27 (Reuters) - Washington is to dramatically overhaul its Afghan anti-drug strategy, phasing out opium poppy eradication, the U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan told allies on Saturday. Richard Holbrooke, attending a G8 conference on stabilising Afghanistan, also discussed efforts to support its Aug. 20 election. Washington has nearly doubled its troops to combat a growing Taliban insurgency and provide security for the vote. "The Western policies against...
  • Obama officials gave Bilderberg briefings

    05/26/2009 11:12:53 AM PDT · by BGHater · 43 replies · 4,307+ views
    Politico ^ | 26 May 2009 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    A handful of high-ranking Obama administration officials this month delivered private briefings at the annual invitation-only conference held by an elite international organization known as the Bilderberg group. The closed meeting of some of the most powerful business , media and political leaders in North America and Western Europe heard from top Obama diplomats James Steinberg and Richard Holbrooke, who detailed the administration’s foreign policy, while economic adviser Paul Volcker, chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, also gave a presentation at the heavily guarded seaside resort in Greece that hosted the event. The Bilderberg group, which takes its...
  • US's Holbrooke: Pakistan not a failed state (needs U.S. help to counter Taliban advances)

    05/05/2009 1:02:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 636+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON – Pakistan is not a failed state but its government is facing tremendous challenges and needs U.S. help to counter Taliban advances, the Obama administration's point man for the region said Tuesday. Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told a congressional committee that Pakistan's survival as a moderate, democratic state is critical to U.S. national security. "Our most vital national security interests are at stake," Holbrooke told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He said that although Pakistan "is a state under enormous social, political and economic pressures," it "is not a failed state."
  • Morris: Clinton Oblivious to Khobar Towers Terror Alert

    11/13/2001 4:54:37 PM PST · by spycatcher · 42 replies · 751+ views
    Newsmax/ Hannity Show ^ | Nov. 13, 2001 | Newsmax Staff
    Former chief White House political advisor Dick Morris revealed Tuesday that his former boss Bill Clinton cared so little about global terrorism that his own Assistant Secretary of State had trouble getting him to pay attention to a bomb threat against the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "In 1996, I got a phone call from Dick Holbrooke," Morris told WABC Radio's Sean Hannity. "He said, 'We're getting hard intelligence that terrorists are planning another hit on our guys in Riyadh.... They're in the exact same building they were in when it was hit last time.'" In ...
  • Holbrooke disagrees with Obama’s assessment (Honest Headline)

    Holbrooke disagrees with Obama’s assessment By Anwar Iqbal Saturday, 02 May, 2009 | 12:39 PM PST | WASHINGTON: US presidential envoy Richard Holbrooke disagrees with President Barack Obama’s description of the Zardari government as ‘very fragile,’ which is incapable of delivering even basic services to its people. In an interview hastily arranged by the Pakistan Embassy to undo the impression created by President Obama’s remarks, Mr Holbrooke said he believed the Zardari government was capable of doing what his boss said it was not. Questioned pointedly if the government in Islamabad was capable of delivering what is being expected from...
  • Full confidence in Pakistani govt, Holbrooke insists (Apologizing for Obama's pres conf remarks!)

    05/02/2009 11:26:52 AM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies · 589+ views
    dawn ^ | 5/2/2009 | dawn
    US presidential envoy Richard Holbrooke on Friday voiced the Obama administration’s full confidence in the ability of the democratic Pakistani government to deliver services for its people as he rubbished media reports implying that Washington might be concerned about the performance of the elected government to the point of seeking change. Referring to stories that spoke of the Obama administration considering the civilian government weak, Holbrooke, special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, said, ‘I don’t understand these stories.’ This is journalistic garbage. This is journalistic gobbledygook. It’s a story being hyped by journalists,’ he added, when asked to comment on...
  • Obama reaches out to Sharif to stabilize Pakistan

    05/01/2009 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 513+ views
    AFP ^ | May 2, 2009
    WASHINGTON - The administration of US President Barack Obama is reaching out to former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief rival of President Asif Ali Zardari, in hopes to find a way to strengthen the country’s government, The New York Times reported late Friday. Sharif, who served as Pakistan’s prime minister twice during the 1990s, represents the Pakistan Muslim League-N, a coalition that includes a number of Islamist groups. Citing unnamed administration officials, the newspaper said on its website that because of his ties to Islamists, the US government has long held Sharif at arm’s length. But now some...
  • Tensions Rise Between United States, Pakistan

    04/22/2009 2:23:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 585+ views
    NPR ^ | April 21, 2009 | Jackie Northam
    A lot of bad blood currently exists between Washington and Islamabad, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials. President Obama has made it clear that success for U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan depends in large part on what happens in Pakistan. But analysts say his new strategy for the region places huge demand on Pakistan and creates tension between the two countries — something that became evident during a recent visit by U.S. officials. In public, the United States and Pakistan are allies with a parallel interest in eradicating Islamist extremism. But behind the scenes, it's a complicated relationship — one...
  • Holbrooke Says Washington Has a "Weak Understanding" of The Taliban - Video 4/9/09

    04/09/2009 8:57:30 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on U.S. Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke who said yesterday that he is "deeply disturbed" by Washington's "weak understanding" of the enemy we face in the Taliban. Holbrooke reportedly made the remark to reporters off-camera. The report says Holbrooke intended the statement as a swipe at the Bush Administration, and feels the Obama Administration is dedicated to a better understanding of the Taliban. He believes the 8 billion in aid to Pakistan will go a long way to changing the "militant mindset." Yet in the report, they talk to an expert who...
  • Mullen, Holbrooke Work to Build Trust in Pakistan

    04/08/2009 4:16:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – Building trust between the United States and Pakistan tops the agenda as the two countries and Afghanistan move forward, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said following meetings in Pakistan’s capital city yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad. The three spoke at a news conference following their meeting. “This commitment is a long-term commitment that I hope will generate a surplus of trust, as that is absolutely vital,” Mullen said. U.S....
  • Report: Pakistan rejects U.S. plan, wants drones

    04/08/2009 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 672+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/09 | Bridget Johnson
    U.S. envoys met with Pakistani leaders on Tuesday to ensure that the $7.5 billion that President Obama plans to send their way over the next five years will be used to achieve common goals in the fight against extremism. But according to a Pakistani newspaper, regional envoy Richard Holbrooke and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen came up empty-handed and received a "rude shock" when a proposal for joint operations against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the volatile tribal regions was rejected.
  • Pakistan Says “NO” to Obama and Demands Predator Drones

    04/08/2009 1:36:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 1,322+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 10:39 am | Mike's America
    So much for Obama’s promise to repair our alliances! Report: Pakistan rejects U.S. plan, wants drones By Bridget JohnsonThe Hill April 8, 2009U.S. envoys met with Pakistani leaders on Tuesday to ensure that the $7.5 billion that President Obama plans to send their way over the next five years will be used to achieve common goals in the fight against extremism.But according to a Pakistani newspaper, regional envoy Richard Holbrooke and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen came up empty-handed and received a “rude shock” when a proposal for joint operations against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the volatile...
  • How Holbrooke Invited Iran into Europe (Obama's Af-Pak envoy was Clinton's Iran envoy)

    04/08/2009 4:53:38 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 2 replies · 413+ views
    New Majority ^ | April 07, 2009 | John Rosenthal
    US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is supposed to have had a brief, but “cordial” encounter with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Akhunzadeh at the Afghanistan conference in The Hague last week ... The two men agreed to “stay in touch,” Clinton added......Oddly enough, Holbrooke suggests that the [1994] policy of “allowing” covert arms shipments would somehow diminish the Bosnian government’s reliance upon support from Muslim nations. There is in fact evidence that other countries also made covert arms shipments to the Bosnian government. Schindler points, in particular,...