Richard Holbrooke, Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan In Critical Condition

December 12, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)—Richard Holbrooke a longtime respected U.S. diplomat, and current Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is in stable, but critical condition in a Washington, DC hospital after undergoing heart surgery to repair a torn aorta. Holbrooke, 69, credited with brokering the peace agreement in Bosnia, fell ill on Friday, during a meeting with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. His family is now by his side as he recovers from his grueling 20-hour surgery.

President Obama released a statement, saying that he and the First Lady Michelle Obama are “praying” for the legendary diplomat.

“Richard Holbrooke is a towering figure in American foreign policy, a critical member of my Afghanistan and Pakistan team, and a tireless public servant who has won the admiration of the American people and people around the world.”

“I know that Secretary Clinton, Admiral (Mike) Mullen, (National Security Adviser) Tom Donilon, and other members of our team have been with him at George Washington hospital, and we continue to pray for his recovery, and support his family in this difficult time.”

White House senior adviser David Axelrod, told CNN that Holbrooke is a fighter and everyone at the White House is praying for his recovery.

“White House senior adviser David Axelrod who said he saw Holbrooke on Friday, told CNN today that the envoy is a “very tough person” and that “many people would have succumbed” to the heart problem he suffered.

“Richard is fighting through it,” Axelrod said. “Anyone who knows him … knows how tough and resilient he is. And we’re all praying that that quality sees him through now.”‘


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