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Holbrooke’s Last Words

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Posted on Dec 14, 2010
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Richard Holbrooke was apparently preoccupied with his role as the Obama administration’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan until the very end, discussing the ongoing conflicts in those two countries up until he went into surgery for the heart problem that led to his death Monday.

Meanwhile, his successor, at least for now, was named Tuesday.

“Political Hotsheet” on CBS News:

In his final words before emergency heart surgery, Richard Holbrooke, the influential U.S. diplomat who died on Monday following complications from the surgery, apparently urged an end to America’s nine-year old Afghanistan conflict.

“You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan,” Holbrooke apparently told doctors before entering into surgery, according to family members’ accounts originally reported by Washington Post.

Later reports note that Holbrooke made the comments during “painful banter” leading up to his surgery—and that they were not necessarily “a serious exhortation about policy.”

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By garth, December 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Gerard,

“By gerard, December 15 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment

‘According to Crowley:  And he said: Yeah, see if you can take care of that, including ending the war.” ..
“Number one, he always wanted to make sure he got the last word,” Crowley said, of Holbrooke. “And secondly, [the exchange] just showed how he was singularly focused on pursuing an advancing the—you know, the process and the policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan to bring them to a successful conclusion,” he said.

Pathetic— the last words, the scene, the context and the report. Just pathetic.  In fact the entire political scene here is getting more pathetic by the day.  Spineless, equivocating, occluded, phoney—what else? ‘“
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I think the empire is looking for a way out of this mess.

They can’t admit failure as in Alexander the Great nor as in the Soviet Army.  They have to save face.  Imagine that?  The US Army and Marines, the ones who conguered Iraq after coming back from a stinging defeat in Vietnam, the few and the proud, the enlisted.  The new technical world-beaters.

Well, it’s about time.

Now can we get back to living like animals. 

I prayed for the Afghans since 2008 when Vice Pesident elect, Mr Joe Biden, announced that he and Mr. Bumptious were going to win the war in Afghanistan.

I would like to see an old-fashioned ‘nose-rubbed in-it type conclusion.  It would do a lot for World Peace and the American people.

Maybe we could get on to real problems.

Should the Flag pole be 6 inches higher?  The Wet Dream Act.  Is your bunk mate Gay Act?  Do we need more stars in our flag? Is your neighbor a terrorist?  Don’t you just hate olde people and Social Security?

There’s a whole host of flatulence that C-SPAN can cover on Washigton Journal and then have an expert from CATO or AEI to persuade us.

Congressman McDermott from California said it very cleary,  If you are not on Social Security, you are a TRUST FUND BABY (TFB).

In short, the TFBs never worked, and they are panty wastes.

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By gerard, December 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

According to Crowley:  And he said: Yeah, see if you can take care of that, including ending the war.” ..
“Number one, he always wanted to make sure he got the last word,” Crowley said, of Holbrooke. “And secondly, [the exchange] just showed how he was singularly focused on pursuing an advancing the—you know, the process and the policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan to bring them to a successful conclusion,” he said.

Pathetic— the last words, the scene, the context and the report. Just pathetic.  In fact the entire political scene here is getting more pathetic by the day.  Spineless, equivocating, occluded, phoney—what else?

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By Inherit The Wind, December 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Oh, Boy, the tin-foil-hat brigade is out in full force and no sense of decency.  What’s next? Holbrooke really isn’t dead?

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By garth, December 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

Holbrooke’s last words were fake.  Richard Holbrooke abetted a mass murderer under Carter and he was murdered. 

Just like Tim Russert and Hunter S. Thompson. 

They got too close to the flame, and just like that NFL football player from the Arizona Carinals a few years ago who died mysteriously in Afghanistan, they were of more use to them dead.

That’s the wager, though, isn’t it.  They offer a great life for as long as you are of immediate use to the wasteful—the 1/2 million or so in the world who determine your future.

Holbrooke, Russert, Thompson.  They were all murdered.  Make no mistake about it.  If an Assangian gossip release in the future hints at it, you can say, I knew that.  That’s old news. 

After 30 years, I once said to a woman who tried to kill me, “I know.  I know.”  And it blew her mind.

Well, We know! We know!

A word to those in the State Department, the News Cabal and other affiliations:  Keep a low profile.

That is, if longevity is one of your concerns.

This ain’t over.

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By FRTothus, December 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Sounds very much like the dying acts of countless of Europe’s medieval tyrants as they willed to the church fortunes and lands in the hope that they might receive absolution for their crimes of slaughter and pillage in the “next world”.  However, no amount of retribution, no last-minute confession will ever bring back the hundreds of thousands the US empire, with the collusion of reptiles like Holbrooke, has killed, and the hundreds of thousands of lives he and his ilk of imperial psychopaths have destroyed.

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By berniem, December 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

Were I afflicted with the delusions of superstitious faith and entertained the existence of an absurdity such as eternal afterlife I would hope that the dear Holbrooke would have the opportunity to meet all of the innocent civilians of East Timor that he assisted in killing right before his speedy dispatch to HELL!

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By Stencil, December 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

From yesterday’s “Democracy Now!” headlines:

“In a statement, President Obama praised Holbrooke as “a true giant of American foreign policy… who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace.” Widely respected in Washington and corporate media circles, Holbrooke is well known for brokering the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia. But he came under criticism elsewhere for implementing and backing U.S. policies that killed thousands of civilians. As Assistant Secretary of State in the Carter administration, Holbrooke oversaw weapons shipments to the Indonesian military as it killed a third of East Timor’s population. In 1980, he played a key role in the Carter administration’s support for a South Korean military crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising in the city of Kwangju that killed hundreds of people. During the 1990s Holbrooke was seen as one of the key figures in the dismantling of Yugoslavia. He was also a prominent Democratic backer of the Bush administration’s decision to attack Iraq in 2003. Holbrooke served as President Obama’s chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan until his death.”

Another hammer the world’s nails won’t miss.

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By G.Anderson, December 15, 2010 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

The doctors who performed surgery on Holbrooke, in a macabre twist of fate, will now
be forced to journey to Afghanistan to try and stop the war there.  Just kidding.

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By NYCartist, December 15, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Nah, he “really” said, “I’m sorry for the drones.” to his Pakistani surgeon.

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By eir, December 15, 2010 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

At this level of power one has to always wonder about the facts surrounding a death.

John Crandell,

Maybe, as opposed to his youthful night in a Saigon restaurant in 1963, somebody heard a man of far greater stature this time?

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By drbhelthi, December 15, 2010 at 4:41 am Link to this comment

Shooting seems to have been reserved for a select few,
as revealed by “Chip” Tatum in his Chronology of Chip
Tatum, and on direct order of the U.S. Presagogue.

For dissentors such as Ambassador Holbrooke, more
socially-acceptable, disguised techniques lie in
waiting. 
Dr. Mengele types have a list of injection goodies they
can apply, while appearing to act out helpful roles.

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By john crandell, December 15, 2010 at 2:03 am Link to this comment

From Neil Sheehan’s ‘A Bright Shining Lie’:

Richard Holbrooke, who was to become the youngest man ever to hold the
office of assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs, in the Carter
administration fourteen years later at the age of thirty-five, remembered
Halberstam on the subject of (Paul) Harkins at dinner in a French restaurant in
Saigon one night in the summer of 1963. Holbrooke was then a freshman
Foreign Service officer assigned to a southern Delta province as a pacification
advisor. Several of us had invited him to join us at one of the late dinners we
often had after a long day. Halberstam began holding forth on what a swine
Harkins was for faking reports and throwing away American and Vietnamese
lives. As he talked he got angrier and his voice rose. He raised his big fist,
banged it down on the table, and shouted his prosecutorial summation: “Paul
D. Harkins should be court-martialed and shot!” Holbrooke looked slowly
around the restaurant to see if anyone at another table might know him.”

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