Holbrooke's Last Words: "You've Got to Stop this War in Afghanistan"

I find it interesting that he told his Pakistani surgeon that he needed to stop the war in Afghanistan. A great many people blame Pakistan for keeping the war going. Every Afghani I've spoken to hated Pakistan and wanted to go to war with them.

If you've ever read much about the Soviet war in Afghanistan, you will know how big a part Pakistan played. They sent troops into Afghanistan, not just advisors, to fight the Soviets. In most cases this was against the wishes of local Afghani commanders. Pakistan also insisted that all assistance going to Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion had to be approved by Pakistan first.
Not exactly what he said, but it depends on whose version you want to believe.

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Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Downplayed As Joking Exchange By Obama Administration Huffington Post

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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."

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