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  • ** FILE ** Richard C. Holbrooke (left), the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in February 2009 as tensions over civilian casualties strain relations between the two countries. (Associated Press)

    Insider's book: Obama is 'dithering,' vindictive and controlling president

    A former State Department adviser calls President Obama a "dithering" chief executive with control issues that jeopardize America's foreign affairs policy, in a new book that makes the case the current administration has damaged U.S. interests in the Middle East.

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) looks on as Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) greets Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/U.S. Embassy)

    Former adviser lashes out at 'turf wars' between Obama's, Clinton's aides

    A former senior adviser in the Obama administration says that "ravenous" political faction-fighting between aides to the president and those around then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama's presidential-primary rival in 2008, hobbled U.S. policymaking in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • A sick Pakistani's bed sits outside Tuesday for lack of room at a rural health center in a flood-affected district of Punjab province. Hundreds of health facilities have been damaged by flooding. (Associated Press)

    Pakistan flooding stirs U.S. fears

    Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years are increasing worries in Washington that the disaster will undermine the South Asian nation's political stability and jeopardize U.S. gains across the border in Afghanistan.

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