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Book Says Aides Doubt Obama's Afghan Strategy

Richard Holbrooke: "It can't work."
Some top members of U.S. President Barack Obama's national security team are depicted in a new book as doubting the president's strategy in Afghanistan will work.

The book, "Obama's Wars," by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, says top presidential advisers have been arguing over much of the past 20 months about policy and turf and were deeply divided over the war in Afghanistan, even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there.

General Douglas E. Lute, the president's Afghanistan adviser, and Richard Holbrooke, his special envoy for the region, are described as doubting the efficacy of the strategy.

According to "The New York Times," which obtained a copy of the book before its publication next week, Holbrooke is quoted as saying of the strategy, "It can't work."

It also reports that the U.S. has intelligence showing that manic-depression has been diagnosed in Afghan President Hamid Karzai and that he was on medication.

Obama was among the administration officials who Woodward interviewed for the book.

"The New York Times" said the White House had no comment on the book.