"I think the president has been quite clear in explaining that it's a process, not an event, and that it's conditions-based."
- US General David Petraeus, continuing to dismantle President Barack Obama's July 2011 "deadline"
This is his declaration that not only has he taken over the military aspect, but also the political aspect. He sure knows how to work the beltway. Give him a corn cob pipe, a couple of pearl handled pistols and he is ready to enter the halls of history.