Agree with him or not I do appreciate his service to the nation.
Moderator's Warning: Let's talk about the topic, not the rules and other members please.
Al, there is no doubt that we should honor those killed in action every day, and keep them close to our hearts in this struggle, but Mr. Holbrooke is also serving the country. Now, his policies and directions from Obama are a different matter, and for a different thread, but to die at 69 and so close to Christmas is a blow to not only his family, but to the nation who in this war needs someone on the ground speaking for the US. We now don't have that, until replaced.
Each President has the authority to place in those whom he feels will carry out his directions, and orders as CiC in direction of any war, and I sure wouldn't expect that Obama, or any other President would appoint people that are polar opposite of their respective goals.
So I'll close with one more plea, disagree with the policy? Start another thread highlighting that, for this thread, pay your respect and be done with it.