Obama and the Holbrooke Imperative - The Washington Note
Richard Holbrooke triggers incredible passion, some of it negative, among foreign policy professionals. He's a Democrat, but many don't understand why he's not a Republican. Dems, some argue, are supposed to be about achieving moral goods in the world along purist pathways of good behavior and enlightened intentions. To some Holbrooke seems to be someone willing to deploy any tools that it takes to achieve his (and America's) ends, and that puts him at odds with many in the so-called global justice community.
I'm going to frustrate a number of my friends -- but the veneer and appearance of moral flexibility is why I very much like Richard Holbrooke. In a way, he's a Kissinger applied to moral purposes.