Richard Holbrooke Played Hardball

Obituary; The Economist, December 18, 2010:

“Richard Holbrooke, diplomat and troubleshooter, died on December 13th, aged 69”

Richard Holbrooke was President Obama’s “special envoy” to Afganistan and Pakistan for the U.S. when he died.  This obituary not only spoke to his latest mission for the U.S., but a previous one as an emissary for war and peace in the Balkans.  The Serbs were not making “concessions at the (negotiating) table”;  he “more or less singlehandedly decided to play hardball with the Serbs.”

The idiom “hardball” is explained in http://www.sportsidioms.com.  Go to the alphabetized list for the explanation.  It also referred to in the previous blog.

 

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