It is characteristic of the dominant military power to mistake what it is doing in a foreign land for what the people of that land may want for themselves. In other words - we invaded - caused vast destruction - destabilized your country and the region - abused your population but ... why don't you do what we want you to do with more enthusiasm? We train you to do what we want and yet you don't really seem to want to do what you are told. Of course we made a mess but you will have to live in it because we are tired about running things there and after what we have done, you aren't really a threat so we kind of have other things to do.
Why don't you do what we want you to do by yourselves? We want you to do what we want without our doing it. No more training wheels!!! We've trained you to do what we want and we expect you to do what we want for yourselves.
The Lt. Colonel (ret.) should ask just who over there is supposed to have their training wheels removed? A government that we installed after invading their country and causing such death and destruction? Or the mass of people who may really hate our guts for killing family members, collaterally or otherwise, destroying their livelihoods and their country, Abu Gharib (yeah maybe they don't want to forget about that) and maybe just maybe the knowledge that innocent people are being kept in Guantanamo without charge for 13 years and won't be let go because even though innocent we figure that they are mad at us for imprisoning them?
I think back to those playing cards of enemies the Bush administration came up with and I wonder if the people over there have a deck of playing cards of photos of torture in Abu Gharib?
Training wheels... how arrogant we really are to think that we would be loved after invading and destroying their nation (s). We call it training wheels because a few in government have thrown their lot in with us but we haven't won hearts and minds... too many dead for that I think. Death by drones is a helluva way to win friends and influence people too.
Training wheels? Maybe they just aren't interested in doing what the invaders want and prefer keeping the training wheels... so that we have to do it and take the risks ourselves?