Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s Dying Words: ‘You’ve Got to Stop This War in Afghanistan’

Richard HolbrookeJason Ditz writes on Antiwar.com:

Family members are reporting that the late Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan who died yesterday following heart surgery, gave as his last words “you’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”

The dying words stand in stark contrast to Holbrooke’s living words, which were almost uniformly supportive of President Obama’s repeated escalations of the Afghan War. They’re also a major inconvenience to the president at a time when he’s trying to spin the ever worsening war as a runaway success.

Indeed, President Obama has already released a statement praising Holbrooke and saying he deserves much of the credit for the “progress” in the disastrous conflict, and reiterated that “he understood” how important the war is. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued a statement on Holbrooke, and it too centered on how important the escalation of the war was.

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  • Anonymous

    I have heard the MSM repeatedly say that Richard Holbrooke was a great man, so let me add that Richard Holbrooke was indeed a great man.

    Sure, he may have had a hand and part of the responsibility in the deaths of thousands of innocent Indonesians, but I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    Sure, he may have had a hand and partial responsibility in the death of hundreds, or maybe over a thousand, South Koreans years back in a democratic uprising in that country.

    But I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    And Holbrooke may have been a director at A.I.G. during the largest insurance swindle in recorded human history, but no doubt he was a great man.

    And Holbrooke may have belonged to that den of thieves, David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, but I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    And certainly Holbrooke belonged to that lobbyist group for the international ultra-rich, the Bretton Woods Committee (brettonwoods.org), but without a doubt, Richard Holbrooke was a great man.

    It’s just a damn shame Holbrooke never had the integrity of a Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, or someone similarly and ethically disposed.

  • sgtdoom

    I have heard the MSM repeatedly say that Richard Holbrooke was a great man, so let me add that Richard Holbrooke was indeed a great man.

    Sure, he may have had a hand and part of the responsibility in the deaths of thousands of innocent Indonesians, but I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    Sure, he may have had a hand and partial responsibility in the death of hundreds, or maybe over a thousand, South Koreans years back in a democratic uprising in that country.

    But I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    And Holbrooke may have been a director at A.I.G. during the largest insurance swindle in recorded human history, but no doubt he was a great man.

    And Holbrooke may have belonged to that den of thieves, David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, but I’m sure Holbrooke was a great man.

    And certainly Holbrooke belonged to that lobbyist group for the international ultra-rich, the Bretton Woods Committee (brettonwoods.org), but without a doubt, Richard Holbrooke was a great man.

    It’s just a damn shame Holbrooke never had the integrity of a Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, or someone similarly and ethically disposed.

    • Ironaddict06

      Yep. Richard Holbrooke was also part of Bilderberg group.

  • Butter Knife

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
    The evil that men do lives after them,
    The good is oft interred with their bones,
    So let it be with Caesar … The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answered it …
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
    (For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all; all honourable men)
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral …
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man….
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
    O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

  • Butter Knife

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
    The evil that men do lives after them,
    The good is oft interred with their bones,
    So let it be with Caesar … The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answered it …
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
    (For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all; all honourable men)
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral …
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man….
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
    O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

  • Ironaddict06

    Yep. Richard Holbrooke was also part of Bilderberg group.