Diplomat Holbrooke in critical condition, State Department says
December 11th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Diplomat Holbrooke in critical condition, State Department says

U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke was in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital in Washington on Saturday after undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, a State Department spokesman said.

Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, fell ill Friday morning during a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and walked down to the department's medical unit, a senior State Department official said. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, the official said.

After doctors completed surgery on his aorta Saturday morning, Holbrooke was joined by his family, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

Holbrooke is a career diplomat best known for brokering the peace agreement between Bosnian factions in 1995 that became the Dayton accords.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    To those of you want to kick Ambassador Holbrooke when he is down, I warn you bite your tongues. Save it for when the man is full strength.
    If you continue with this cowardice behavior I stand behind him and full wrath of God will be upon you. The Ambassador has dedicated his life to peace and helping others. Sure I don't agree with many of his positions because he is democrat. But he can hold his own in an argument and that is a rare respectable quality for someone having a disadvantage from the get go.
    T- Ride

    December 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |

    hope you get better holbrooke... come over to my house when you do and we can chill smoke a spliff and watch spongebob while eating pizza

    December 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. American

    It is the way of the world “Nana.” In the end bad things happen to those who practice ethnic cleansing. Ambassador Holbrook’s courage in confronting the Serbian perpetrators of genocide stand out as an example of outstanding public service. NATO did the right thing. My thoughts are with Richard Holbrook and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery and a long and productive life.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shneeky

    Get off of your mommy's computer before she catches you!

    December 11, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jay Williams

    And I'm from America... Sorry that you got your a** kicked back in 1999. Better luck next time!

    December 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dragan

    He had stolen Kosovo and destroed churches . Have a nice trip "Balkan butcher"

    December 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shkelzen

    That is just not true. He and the administration he served brought peace in Balkans.

    "Balkan butcher" ?!?!? You might have mixed him up with Milosevic...

    My sincere prayers go to Mr. Holbrooke and his family.

    December 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nana

    I can see that you are from America...that amount of ignorance cant come from the any other place...Here is a link for you so you can watch it while you are eating your Big Mc....thats your victory. Shame on you.

    December 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
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