Meanwhile, caring and decent human beings reflected on Holbrooke's life:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Holbrooke one of America's "fiercest champions and most dedicated public servants."This actually isn't a first for Ennenbach, who earlier thought that it would be really funny if I choked to death.
"Richard Holbrooke served the country he loved for nearly half a century, representing the United States in far-flung war zones and high-level peace talks, always with distinctive brilliance and unmatched determination," Clinton said.
Holbrooke served under every Democratic president from John F. Kennedy to Obama in a lengthy career that began with a foreign service posting in Vietnam in 1962 after graduating from Brown University, and included time as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam.
On Capitol Hill, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., called the loss of Holbrooke "almost incomprehensible," adding that his "tough-as-nails, never-quit diplomacy" saved tens of thousands of lives.
h/t Sean Milford.