December 14th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan policy

President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.

Obama's monthly review of policy toward the pivotal region, however, is scheduled to continue, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon among those in attendance.

A long-awaited U.S. military analysis of the war in Afghanistan is expected later this week, a year after Obama ordered additional U.S. troops to the country as part of a strategy that could bring some forces home as soon as July 2011. Officials have said the goal is to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

Earlier this month, Obama made his second trip to Afghanistan since becoming commander-in-chief.

At the moment, it is unclear whether the president intends to name a replacement for Holbrooke.

Obama paid tribute to Holbrooke Monday night, calling him "a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer, and more respected."

CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Khan

    Never seek to know for whom the bell tools
    When it tolls, it tolls for thee.

    Salute to the man and his work for peace in Afghanistan

    December 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

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    December 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kate Cory-Wright

    An Afghani man, whose brother was recently killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, told me yesterday that he was gutted by Holbrooke's death. 'He was our last hope', the man said. What better tribute could Holbrooke receive than that?

    December 17, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lazlo

    Holbrooke was a man of peace, one of the best negociator in the world. He worked for peace and may he rest in peace.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. M R Khawaja

    Death Of Richard Holbrooke should have no effect on pakistan and they should look after their country and its people like Holbrooke did look after his country interest but is Pakistani leadership is up to it i do not think so they are busy looking after their Bank Balace.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It takes someone to help Them go in the right direction!!!

      December 16, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I never heard of Him... So Why should I care???

    December 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    You think with all that dancing she would lose weight!!! I still don't understand the music...

    December 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I still don't understand what She is singing!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I still don't understand the words!!! The Dancing stinks!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khan

      Its a Punjabi (a province in East Pakistan) song and a mix of mod-punjabi dance, acted by a Pakistani dancer, but cant make out the relevance, lol...

      December 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary Johndro

    Something to turn on the NATO troops. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      Go Phunnie boy,go!!!

      December 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Sorry Phunnie boy(Bledsoe),I forgot you were gay. Forgive me!

      December 16, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      Who's this Daniel-2 you keep talking to? Am I missing something here?

      December 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      No Willie,there is no Daniel-2. That's just a pigment of this creep's imagination. Don't pay any attention to him!!! We all call him Pfunnie boy.

      December 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John Kantor

    That I liked!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. John Kantor

    Holbrooke was an appeaser – the illusion of peace at any cost, no matter how many people suffered and died because of it.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |

      It's the other way around,John. Too many people had to die because America won't quit poking it's nose into other people's business. By the way,I'm the true Bledsoe.

      December 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |

        Thank you,Phunnie boy.

        December 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dindy.....

    what kind of a mission he has these days ?? ..

    December 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Still trying to make a joke out of this man's death as usual,Phunnie boy! Have you absolutely no decency in you at all???

      December 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe


      December 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dindy.....

    somebody is missing these days on this comment page.

    December 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mohammed Daud

    It will be really hard for the United States to find his replacement in this difficult time.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We have to find someone to finish His work!!!

      December 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Holbrooke was one of the best ambassadors America has ever had. He worked for peace and may he rest in peace.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Amen To That!!! I just hope We can find someone that will be able to take His place!!! Maybe Bill Clinton???

      December 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |

      His last wish was to finish the war in Afghanistan. This he had expressed before entry into operation theater for his heart surgery. He knew that this war is going to destroy his country if not stopped forthwith.

      December 15, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bledsoe

    Hello. I'm the real Bledsoe here but I suspect that Phunnie boy's going to blog in here under my name to make a joke out of this ,too.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I'd be surprised to kingdom come if he didn't,Bledsoe.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Just like I said above. I see that he wasted no time in making a joke out of this,the sicko!

        December 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |