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POLITICO ARENA: What is the Legacy of the Late Diplomat Richard Holbrooke?

December 14, 2010 |
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We live in a cynical age that doesn't often allow us to call certain public servants "wise men" or among the "best and brightest," at least not without ironic edge. But that is what Richard Holbrooke was, a tribute to the proposition that the country needs some of its best talent to look out for American interests overseas, and make the world a safer place.

There was a throwback quality to being in Ambassador Holbrooke's presence, as if you'd been able to travel back in time to engage the likes of George Kennan, Averell Harriman or Dean Acheson in their prime. We are all fortunate that he worked so indefatigably on America's behalf over the course of so many crises, and should all sleep a little less soundly knowing he is no longer on the case.

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