In Defense of Holbrooke

Steve Clemons offers an unblinking defense of Richard Holbrooke that amounts to, “The guy ain’t pretty, but he gets the job done.” Comparing him to “global arm-twisters” (talk about a job description) like Brzezinski and Kissinger, Clemons adds: Barack Obama needs someone in close proximity on his foreign policy team that the world knows is tenaciously committed to outcomes and that it fears just a bit. Obama needs to be about hope, about light — but he needs someone who can pursue and defend American interests against thugs in the dark. Clemons is making the case for Holbrooke as Secretary […]

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