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Richard Holbrooke: 'Giant' of Foreign Policy

Richard Holbrooke, 69, a brilliant and feisty U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, died Monday. "He is simply one of the giants of American foreign policy," President Obama said

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July 28, 2010: Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House State and Foreign Operations subcommittee.

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Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010, file photo Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Rome, Italy, where U.S. and U.N. envoys are meeting with NATO officials amid a renewed push to end the nine-year-old Afghan war. The U.S. State Department said Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, that Holbrooke, 69, is in critical condition at a Washington hospital after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta was completed Saturday morning. His family is with him. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
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Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 1995, file photo U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, center, is escorted by Gen. Wesley Clark upon arrival at the Sarajevo airport, for talks in the Bosnian capital with government leaders to further peace efforts in the region. Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt, File)

Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this June 21, 2010, file photo Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration, listens to Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force in Helmand, during Hoolbrooke's visit to Marjah, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq, File)

Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2010, file photo Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, listens to questions during an answers and questions session in Kabul, Afghanistan. Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this March 4, 2010, file photo Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, addresses an audience at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2009, file photo U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke visits the old city of Herat west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on occasion of the Afghan elections. Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. (AP Photo/Fradioon Pooya, File)

Richard Holbrooke

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2010, file photo U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke talks to media at the European Council building in Brussels. The U.S. State Department said Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, that Holbrooke, 69, is in critical condition at a Washington hospital after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta was completed Saturday morning. His family is with him. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

Richard Holbrooke: 'Giant' of Foreign Policy

Richard Holbrooke, 69, a brilliant and feisty U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, died Monday. "He is simply one of the giants of American foreign policy," President Obama said

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