The Smartest Man In the Room

I've been a Holbrooke skeptic for years, unimpressed with his public responses to Bosnia-Herzegovina's persistent failure to thrive. He faced years of criticism for the General Framework Agreement for Peace, an imperfect document that may have been the least bad…

Ghosts of Vietnam

George Packer's profile of Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, provides some interesting material to chew on. Packer's two main themes are Holbrooke's force of character - he has a large ego and big personality, and overwhelms everything…

Omnivore 29/09/09

Al Qaeda's New Charm Offensive in Europe, Bruce Riedel, Up Front/Brookings Institution An Absolutely Horrifying Interview, Bernard Finel, Bernardfinel.com The Last Mission, George Packer, New Yorker Andrew Bacevich and the Cold War Analogy, Peter Feaver, Shadow Government/Foreign Policy On Hizballah's…

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