In an interview with the Times of London, Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush, said he's long thought it was unrealistic to believe the U.S. could "fashion a democracy in Iraq."

"I was concerned about it when I first heard the beginnings of those words," he said.

On "The Daily Show" Thursday, Jon Stewart criticized Rumsfeld, saying, "I think we can file that under comments that would have been useful earlier," and aired clips of Rumsfeld in the '00s talking about democracy in Iraq.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Rumsfeld said the Times of London headline was an "inaccurate" characterization of the interview and he provided the full context of his comments, which he said were "consistently much more subtle."

Stewart remains unconvinced.