Calling the publication of the documents “profoundly irresponsible and harmful to our national security,” he said the White House was right to condemn the leaks.
“Most of these documents add nothing to the public understanding of the war in Afghanistan. The materials — which cover the period from 2004 to 2009 — reflect the reality, recognized by everyone, that the insurgency was gaining momentum during these years while our coalition was losing ground,” he said.
He said those conditions prompted President Obama to carry out a policy review at the end of last year and increase troops in Afghanistan.
“We should give General Petraeus and our troops on the ground the time and support they need to succeed,” he said.
Abandoning the effort in Afghanistan is “the path back to 9/11,” he said.