Interview with US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke 'We're Not in Afghanistan to Build a Perfect Democracy'

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, spoke to SPIEGEL about Washington's goals in Afghanistan, President Obama's new war strategy and the prospects of handing over responsibility to the government in Kabul.
US Marines in the Bhuji Bhast Pass in southern Afghanistan.

US Marines in the Bhuji Bhast Pass in southern Afghanistan.

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Photo Gallery: Holbrooke on Afghanistan
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Photo Gallery: Holbrooke on Afghanistan

Interview conducted by Hans Hoyng