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Senate Proceeding on Dec 15th, 2010 :: 3:50:05 to 3:53:55
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Patrick Leahy

3:49:48 to 3:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: senators udall for letting me step in for a few minutes. madam president, it is with deep sadness that i speak today in memory of a dear friend, ambassador richard holbrooke, who died on monday at the far too early age of 69. i wonder if we might have order, madam president. the presiding officer: order in

Patrick Leahy

3:50:05 to 3:53:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

3:50:09 to 3:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the chamber, thank you. mr. leahy: madam president, i met dick years and years ago. actually long before he held his most recent post of special envoy for afganistan and pakistan. we had so many conversations, so many meetings, so many trips over the years as his career progressed, particularly during

Patrick Leahy

3:50:37 to 3:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the war in the f yugoslavia. what he did is legendary. nobody else could have done what he did. he was motivated, above all, by compassion and intent on stopping the suffering of innocent people who were being terrorized for no other reason than their ethnicity.

Patrick Leahy

3:50:59 to 3:51:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: he combined the force of his convictions with the force of his personality, and that was an enormous force. along with his boundless energy to do what others have been unable to do. ambassador holbrooke did not accept no for an answer. i remember meeting dick -- we

Patrick Leahy

3:51:22 to 3:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: had planned a meeting. i massadonia. we could not go by helicopters. we had plans. we met on a slippery -- on a narrow, slippery road, several hundred foot dropoff on one side.

Patrick Leahy

3:51:43 to 3:52:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: we stood there with nervous security guards around. we sat on the hood of our car and he described what he had observed and he told me what he believed needed to be done. it was fascinating because he put everything into perspective. i was -- it was fair to say that we took advantage of the

Patrick Leahy

3:52:05 to 3:52:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: unlikely meeting to reminisce about other times and other places, some of which were just as unlikely. it is one of those rare conversations in an unlikely place that makes an unforgettable impression on you most of because it was dick holbrooke. he was so passionate, animated, and determination and sense of

Patrick Leahy

3:52:26 to 3:52:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: humor that made the challenge of solving the thorniest problems hard to resist. it is in his latest position i heard most often from him when he'd call me to keep me apprized of his efforts to get the most out of our aid to afganistan an pakistan. -- and pakistan. it was not an easy tack, but he

Patrick Leahy

3:52:48 to 3:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: would call me at my home on weekends in vermont. he loved the reshaping of u.s. policy in afganistan and pakistan during a difficult transition period. he charged head first into the maelstrom of afganistan and pakistan several years after the conflict began raising key and

Patrick Leahy

3:53:09 to 3:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: sometimes unpopular questions about our efforts there. the press will talk about his combative style and heated exchange with some foreign leader, but in his final hours, his wife katie martin, received calls of sympathy from afghan president hamid karzai and

Patrick Leahy

3:53:31 to 3:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pakistani president, which is a lot about dick. so my thoughts and prayers are can katie and dick's sons and with his staff and department of state at this time. i and others here have lost a dear friend. the american people have lost one of the greatest diplomats of our time.

Patrick Leahy

3:53:52 to 3:53:55( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: an extraordinary man who loved this country, devoted his life

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