1 – He is a friend of the dynasty.
2 – The prez has blessed his effort. Paraphrasing – "You come back, Jim and tell me whut yuh got." (That was the sum total of his guidance)
3- He does not know if the prez is going to like what they write.
4- Paraphrasing – "If we pull out of Iraq, the Terrorists will take it over and make it into a base to attack us again." (and the world).
There it is again. The great conflation. Forget about the Sunni insurgents who said today that they are willing to negotiate with us. Forget about the interests and friends of the Iranian government in the country. Forget about the "sectarian violence" that drills kneecaps and ribs and then shoots in the head by the thousands. Forget all that.
Not a surprise that he said #4? Good. If you are not surprised it is because you are not simple minded, but here we have the "last great hope" selling us this bullshit.