"You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," Holbrooke told his Pakistani surgeon before entering into surgery according to family members, the Washington Post reports.
quote:Originally posted by Ronnie P.:
Obama brought the troops home almost 2 years ago after closing Gitmo.
quote:Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Downplayed As Joking Exchange By Obama Administration Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday that the reported last words of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, its point person on Afghanistan and Pakistan who passed away this week, were meant as humor.
Administration officials sought to clarify that, according to people who were present, Holbrooke's final words, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," were part of a jovial back-and-forth with the medical staff.
"At one point, the medical team said, 'You've got to relax,'" State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters on Tuesday, relaying what he said he had heard from people who were in the room with Holbrooke at George Washington University Hospital. "And Richard said, 'I can't relax, I'm worried about Afghanistan and Pakistan.' After some additional exchanges, the medical team finally said, 'Tell you what, we'll try to fix this challenge while you're undergoing surgery.' And [Holbrooke] said, 'Yeah, see if you can take care of that,' including ending the war."