‘A true giant of American foreign policy’ is how Obama remembers Richard Holbrooke. The President of United States led the tributes that paid homage to the veteran diplomat, Holbrooke who is being defined as ‘brilliant and feisty’ 69 years old, served as the architect of the 1995 peace plan of Bosnia – his latest job came as President Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“[He was] a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace”, Obama quoted. Holbrooke earned nicknames like The Bulldozer because of his feisty, formidable style and was a force to be reckoned with on the international diplomatic circle.
He was admitted last week to the hospital after becoming ill at the State Department and received emergency heart surgery. He is survived by two sons, David and Anthony Holbrooke and his wife, author Kati Marton.
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- The Life of Richard Holbrooke
- Pakistani President mourns the loss of a friend. “Pakistan has lost a friend”
- Richard Holbrooke; as the New Yorker saw him
- BBC has a compilation of reactions from the general public who met diplomat Holbrooke
- "In a lifetime of passionate, brilliant service on the front lines of war and peace, freedom and oppression, Richard Holbrooke saved lives, secured peace and restored hope for countless people around the world" - Former President Bill Clinton
- Josh Rogin on Holbrooke "[He was] diplomatic and sarcastic, charming and brusque, always entertaining, and always larger than life. He will be missed"