And he probably wonders why the military hates him with a passion.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling the alleged slaying of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier “absolutely tragic and heartbreaking” and said that he is still “proud generally” of what U.S. troops have achieved in Afghanistan while working under “enormous strain.”

But he says it is important to make sure the U.S. is not in Afghanistan any longer than it needs to be.

Obama made his remarks Monday in an interview with Denver television station KCNC.

HT: a former dem