Skip to comments.AP: Jones Is Obama's National Security Adviser
Posted on 11/25/2008 6:11:59 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON A Democratic official says retired Marine Gen. James Jones is President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be national security adviser.
Obama plans to name his foreign policy team after the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Cool! James Earl Jones. Darth Vader. Luke, I’m your Daddy...!
Looks sterling. What gives? Am I neurotic for thinking these recent sensible team picks are to lull us into a false sense of security? I even think he picked Hillary to fire her later, so that she is no problem for him in the Senate.
Obama’s primary international objective is to cleave Israel from the United States. Jones, along with Obama’s own Dr. Rice, is one of the most stridently anti-Israel government officials in 16 years.
Dr. Rice? Is this an oblique reference to Condi, or is there another Rice I don’t know about?
Jones is a Marine four star, former Commendant. GWB sends him to train palestinians, he trains palestinians. I don’t disagree about Condi being anti-Israel, more accurately pro-Arab like her boss, but imo Jones now gets a chance to make his opinions known.
I can't read Obama at all. I tend to think that he's doing this because, 1) he saw a scary intel report and 2) He doesn't really know anyone who can do these jobs. His crowd in Chi are hacks, radicals and dirtbags. In 77 Carter had a circle on which he could draw and Clinton had one as well, though more dirtbaggish than Carter. Obama has no one so he goes to find well known grown ups.
Steely national security choice - in time for the Georgia runoff. O’Bomber’s looking for the magic 60 and can ignore Jones or replace him as soon as he wants.
2) He doesn't really know anyone who can do these jobs.
This guy is clueless, a nondescript state Senator, with no record, thus no connections, in the US Senate.
Be glad he at least has the common sense to reinstall the Clinton administration (dems, could have voted for her and gotten the real thin) than plumbed the depths of his Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko et all connections.
Is he a disciple of Zinni? Also, there’s nothing saying Obama has to listen to the guy. He could be window dressing.
I don’t consider a Georgetown degree in a positive light. I do not know any graduates that are not flaming liberals. The fact that he declined an offer to serve as deputy Sec’y of State shows his bent.
I should have been clearer. I was referring to Susan Rice, not Condi.
I just looked him up and saw he suggested a NATO force for the West Bank (posted it). Don’t know if that’s a good idea.
He apparently submitted a report very critical of Israel this past summer.
General Jones, 64, who grew up in Paris and headed the US Marine Corps until his retirement last year, has been a critic of Mr Bushs foreign policy and decried what he described as Donald Rumsfelds systematic emasculation of the US militarys top brass. Last year he conducted an investigation on behalf of Congress on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A lot of conservs are thinking, “It could have been worse” so maybe he thinks it’ll cool our jets...for awhile.
Don’t be too hasty. Jones is a flaming liberal and it is well known in the Washington power circles. The only person he disliked more than Bush is Rumsfeld.
There are plenty of neo-isolationist in the General ranks of all four branches of service. And amogst them, there’s a prevailing opinion that says America should almost never use force.
Jones is a horrible pick. But, one shouldn’t expect anything more (or less) from Obama.
So be it. But I have long feared Obama is an out-and-out Marxist looking to sell us out to the worst kind of anti-American scum. Naming a Marine general as national security adviser, ANY Marine general, goes a long way towards reassuring me that he won't go too far outside the mainstream of American political and strategic thinking.
You do not get to be a general in the USMC, or even a bird colonel, without being an outstanding human being in every way that really matters.
The guy was Commandant of the Corps. He gets the benefit of the doubt from me.
I think he’s a solid choice, though I know little about his political views. Much of the animosity here comes from his recent assignment training the Palestinian Authority’s security forces. A job which in the past has meant training future terrorists. That’s his boss’ policy though, and it appears he may have done a better job than some of his predecessors, though Hamas would still walk over them as they did in the West Bank.
I’m surprised Obama didn’t choose Sandy Berger.)
You’re not neurotic you’re paranoid. Like me and probably most Freepers. But just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me. You’d be paranoid too if everyone was after you.
Seriously, call me wildly optomistic but are we having a “Nixon goes to China” or a “Clinton does welfare reform” moment here? Cabinet picks are hugely consequential and important since they are confirmed by Congrees and can only be replaced at great political expense.
“Obamas primary international objective is to cleave Israel from the United States. Jones, along with Obamas own Dr. Rice, is one of the most stridently anti-Israel government officials in 16 years.”