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Over 100 aid workers slain this year in Afghanistan, far more than other years, prompting humanitarian groups to wonder if new US strategy is the cause… Wash Post: "If I had to choose sides, I’d choose the Taliban," Karzai fumed.
Great Daily Show segment hitting GOPers for refusing to aid 9/11 first responders—and showing clips from them hailing same folks in the past.
Richard Holbrooke dies at 69, with Wash Post revealing: "As he was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, according to family members: ‘You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.’ A range of viewpoints in aftermath. Nick Kristof tweets: "Richard Holbrooke, diplomat extraordinaire and long-time friend, RIP. I learned so much from you." Here is Nick’s tribute. Bill Clinton: "Our nation is safer, and our world stronger, because of the work he did. I will miss my friend very much."
Then there’s our own Jeremy Scahill: "Holbrooke backed Indonesian genocide in East Timor, killing of journos in Serbia and supported 2003 Iraq invasion…. Holbrooke was extremely close to journalist elites/cocktail crowd. They’ll lionize him non-stop w/o any critical analysis." Former UK ambassdor Carne Ross tweets: "Charmer and bully by turn, consummate diplomat, ‘To End a War’ one of best books on real live diplomacy." Tim Shorrock writes of his role re the South Korea uprising in 1979-1980.