National Security Adviser is a highly political job. Men who are qualified for positions like that do not settle for deputy slots. The fact that Obama is now having to resort to promoting a deputy may mean that he is finding it hard to get qualified people to work for him.
“The fact that Obama is now having to resort to promoting a deputy may mean that he is finding it hard to get qualified people to work for him.”
That or Mr. Skittles is afraid to deal with anyone not his mirror image. Which option is more frightening?
Yet Jones has no political affiliation.
If McCain has been elected president, Jones would have been McCain's NSA.
It is/was a transitional job.
Jones had the job because, first, he chaired the Iraqi Security Forces Independent Assessment Commission(2007) which determined the Iraq withdrawal timetable that would be written into the Status of Forces Agreement.
Second, he co-chaired, with Thomas Pickering, the Afghanistan Study Group(2008) on de-linking Iraq and Afghanistan.