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Diplomat's Diary Reveals Divide With Obama Over Afghanistan Policy

Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan takes part in a discussion on International security
Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan takes part in a discussion on International security with German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (not in picture) hosted by the newspaper 'Passauer Neuen Presse' in the southern German city of Passau on November 12, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ARMIN WEIGEL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ARMIN WEIGEL/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2010, Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, began recording a secret audio diary, detailing his frustrations with a White House that he believed was too willing to listen to the military, and too often mistook domestic political calculations for strategic thinking.

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