It looks like psychiatrist Radovan Karadzic was telling the truth:
Mr Holbrooke, who is now playing a key role in negotiating President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan, has been dogged by claims that he gave the former Bosnian Serb leader an immunity deal during Clinton-era talks to bring peace to the former Yugoslavia.
He strenuously denies that any alleged agreement with Mr Karadzic.
Well I'll be! Not only does he deny any agreement, he strenuously denies it!
But the allegation and a demand that Mr Holbrooke be called as a witness will be rehearsed once again as part of Mr Karadzic's defence against genocide and war crimes charges at UN tribunal hearings in The Hague next week.
Retired senior US state department officials confirmed that in July 1996 Mr Holbrooke, who served as President Bill Clinton's Balkans envoy, promised Mr Karadzic that he would not be prosecuted as part of wider peace deal requiring him to give up power.
Well that sounds good, but did they strenuously confirm it?
Emir OTUS Obama has appointed Holbrooke to fix the war in Pakistan and Afghanistan . . . good luck with that . . . how eager will leaders there be to give commitments to a man who has a proven track record of going back on his promises?
According to Richard Holbrooke, Richard Holbrooke is essentially this country's top diplomat -- Hillary Clinton is merely his "pupil. This despite the fact that Holbrooke has hit the trifecta of shady business dealings over the last few years: a member of AIG's board with more than $800,000 in compensation, a managing director at Lehman Brothers, and the recipient of a "Friends of Angelo" loan from Countrywide (that alone was enough to get Jim Johnson thrown under the Obama campaign bus).And what was the quid?
Shouldn't someone (like a senator) ask what Holbrooke did for AIG in exchange for $800k? Hank Greenberg, the former chairman of AIG, went to great lengths to cozy up to China, providing lavish funding to the Council on Foreign Relations and other think tanks (and apparently Holbrooke) to promote a pro-China policy in the United States so as to curry favor with the ChiCom leadership. Is there anything we should know about Holbrooke's dealings with the Chinese in those years?Interesting that Holbrooke is a deracinated Jew who was brought up to despise and reject the 4,000 year old traditions and histories with which Abraham's descendants blessed mankind:
What's with the Democrat Party, that it attracts so many deracinated and crypto-Jews? Madeline Albright . . . John Kerry . . . Wesley Clark . . . Richard Holbrooke . . . in fairness, though, I guess you'd have to mention a few men of partial Jewish descent on the other side . . . Cap Weinberger . . . Barry Goldwater . . . George Allen . . .
Holbrooke was born on April 24, 1941, in New York City, to Dan Holbrooke and Trudi Moos (née Kearl). Holbrooke's mother, whose Jewish family fled Hamburg in 1933 for Buenos Aires before coming to New York, took him to Quaker meetings on Sundays. "I was an atheist, his father was an atheist," says his mother, a potter now married to a sculptor. "We never thought of giving Richard a Jewish upbringing. The Quaker meetings seemed interesting."Holbrooke's father, a brilliant doctor born of Russian Jewish parents in Warsaw, died of cancer. There is a faded black-and-white photograph of the gangly teen-ager holding his father's hand in the Scarsdale woods that seems to capture a closeness abruptly shattered. His father changed his name to Holbrooke when he arrived in the United States in the 1930's. Such, however, is the family's loss of contact with its roots that his original name is unknown.