CNN National Security Analyst John Kirby is a retired rear admiral in the US Navy who served as a spokesman for both the state and defense departments in the Obama administration. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Sometimes you have to take a knee. Even in the crunch of a crisis. Even when it’s the last thing you want to do. Sometimes, you have to pause, catch your breath and try to figure out what’s going well and what needs to improve.