It sounds like he agrees with many of the things Donald Rumsfeld was saying in the first few years of the war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, namely that too many foreign troops give the impression of occupation and tend to fuel insurgencies. In fact, a lot of you lefties are sounding more and more like Rumsfeld these days.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will