WH Infighting Cost Afghan Peace

    US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke looks on during a press conference on October 18, 2010 at the Foreign Ministry in Rome after a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) meeting with top international diplomats to discuss Afghanistan.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    All the turf wars over the war in Afghanistan were not waged in Kabul. The most important may have been fought in the Obama White House. According to an excerpt from Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran published in The Washington Post, top Obama staff including National Security Adviser James L. Jones sought to fire diplomat Richard Holbrooke. As Holbrooke and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced off against other senior diplomats, the squabbling over political bailiwicks may have cost the White House a chance at forging a peace deal in the war-torn country.

    Read it at The Washington Post