Mr. President, this isn't double-down. ... This is all-in.
It's all hard, and it's hard all the time.
Petraeus could be just the man to do for Obama what he did for Bush: help reframe the problem and walk away from unrealistic goals while projecting determination and making things better in some small concrete ways.
A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.
Suddenly there is no stick. There's just you. You are the stick.