Richard Holbrooke Remembered As Diplomatic Hero President Obama and other leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., on Friday for a memorial service honoring veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who died after surgery last month. Host Scott Simon has a brief remembrance.
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Richard Holbrooke Remembered As Diplomatic Hero

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Richard Holbrooke Remembered As Diplomatic Hero

Richard Holbrooke Remembered As Diplomatic Hero

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President Obama and other leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., on Friday for a memorial service honoring veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who died after surgery last month. Host Scott Simon has a brief remembrance.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Richard Holbrooke made the language of diplomacy blunt, and often famously profane. He stared straight across the table at Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic and called him a war criminal - a real profanity. Mr. Holbrooke helped bring in the NATO airstrikes against Serbian guns that had strangled Sarajevo for four years. They drove Serbia into peace talks. At yesterday's memorial, President Obama said...

BARACK OBAMA: He understood American power in all its complexity and believed that when it is applied with purpose and principle, it can tip the scales of history.

SIMON: President Obama announced that a new American award for diplomacy will be named for him.

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