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Old 12-15-2010, 09:28 AM   #1
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U.S. soldiers from First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol in West Now Ruzi village, in Panjwai district, Afghanistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke will be remembered more for his epic achievement in brokering an end to the war in Bosnia, than for the frustration of ...
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Probably because his mission in Afghanistan wasn't finished yet...

Richard Holbrooke was focused on mission at the end
15 Dec.`10 WASHINGTON Legendary diplomat Richard Holbrooke's final assignment running the civilian effort to bring peace and security to Afghanistan and Pakistan may have been the most daunting of his career. His death Monday before he had a chance to finish that work leaves his legacy incomplete and creates a gap in the Obama administration's ongoing effort to lay the groundwork for peace.
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As the major focus remains on military operations, Holbrooke "probably died before his moment in this war arrived," said Robert Lamb, an expert on Afghanistan at the non-partisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. Holbrooke apparently worried that his work wasn't done, even to the end. As doctors prepared for a 21-hour surgery over the weekend to repair his torn aorta, they had trouble getting him to relax, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday.

"At one point, the medical team said, 'You've got to relax,' " Crowley reported after consulting with several people who were in the room. "And Richard said, 'I can't relax. I'm worried about Afghanistan and Pakistan.' And then after some additional exchanges, the medical team finally said, 'Well, tell you what. We'll try to fix this challenge while you're undergoing surgery.' And he said, 'Yeah, see if you can take care of that, including ending the war.' "

As Crowley recounted some of Holbrooke's final lucid moments, President Obama and his senior national security aides were meeting at the White House to prepare for Thursday's release of a status report on progress in the war in Afghanistan. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Holbrooke, who was Obama's special envoy to the troubled region, was "irreplaceable." He said Holbrooke's input will be "sorely missed" as the administration moves toward a 2014 deadline to return security of the country to Afghan forces.

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... Charlie Rose had a good remembrance program of him last night. Think I'll watch it again when they repeat it on the local PBS station at noon.
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