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  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • U.S. 'Paid a Price' on Egypt

    10/05/2011 10:42:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/5/2011 | Eli Lake
    In a blunt assessment, President Obama’s first national security adviser told a private audience this week that there is a “chasm” between the United States and its Gulf Arab allies that has yet to heal since the White House very publicly ushered Egypt’s president out of power in February. Retired Marine Gen. James Jones, who served as national security adviser in 2009-10, told a private meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the United States’ Persian Gulf allies interpret the president’s handling of the Egyptian revolution as a sign that Washington will dump their monarchies or governments if enough...
  • Inside Holbrooke's War With the White House

    01/14/2011 4:38:52 PM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2010
    President Obama delivered a soaring eulogy for the late Richard Holbrooke today, calling him a "leading light" of U.S. diplomacy. But ... the president's warm remarks belie a far more complex relationship between the President and Holbrooke...Attention also turned to his tumultuous final years, when Holbrooke was portrayed as a disruptive force within the Obama administration, whose relationship with top American and foreign officials had chilled, and whose professional tenure was nearly over... The authors mine interviews with people who knew Holbrooke in Kabul, Islamabad, New York, Brussels, and Washington—including his wife Katie Marton, Gen. David Petraeus, and Secretary of...
  • The other James Jones (THE Great American Novel Found...and Lost)

    10/21/2010 6:04:42 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 21, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    When it was announced recently that National Security Advisor, James Jones, was leaving the White House, the name caused my thoughts to turn to another James Jones. No, not James Earl Jones the actor. Actually my mind focused on James R. Jones the novelist. Although most people have forgotten about James Jones the novelist or remember him only for his groundbreaking novel, "From Here To Eternity" or, perhaps, "The Thin Red Line," he also wrote what can only be described as THE Great American Novel, "Some Came Running." Perhaps you saw a movie of the same name starring Frank Sinatra,...
  • Like Democrats Leaving a Sinking Presidency

    10/14/2010 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 11 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 10/14/10 | Alaphiah
    Hey where’s everyone going? Defense secretary Robert Gates, and senior adviser David Axelrod, The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, national security advisor General James Jones, the entire economics team, of whom Peter Orszag and Christina Romer have already gone, they’re all leaving. Then there’s Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council and the dead fish himself, White house chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who also doubled as political strategist to president Barry Hussein Soetoro, all high level advisers all jumping ship. But don’t worry it’s all good! I’m sure the spin that media and Democrats will put...
  • 10 reasons to be worried as Tom Donilon, Afghan war sceptic & desk-bound foe of US military,

    10/08/2010 2:23:07 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Four weeks before the mid-terms and Barack Obama fires General Jim Jones as National Security Adviser and appoints Tom Donilon in his place. So what on earth is going on and what does this mean? Here are 10 reasons to be worried: 1. Donilon has a poor relationship with Bob Gates, the Pentagon chief. Gates has issued a statement lauding his “very productive and very good working relationship” with Donilon. But Bob Woodward reported that Gates once told Jones that Donilon would be a “disaster” as National Security Adviser. Gates, Washington’s Mr Steady, is hardly likely to have used that...
  • James Jones Out, Anti-Military Guy In (Another Obama miss-step?)

    10/09/2010 3:41:39 AM PDT · by yoe · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Power Line ^ | October 8, 2010 | John Hinderaker
    The news is coming so thick and fast these days one can hardly keep up with it, let alone comment intelligently. But we should at least note that Marine General Jim Jones resigned as President Obama's National Security Adviser today, and will be replaced by political operative Tom Donilon. It is hard to remember now, but shortly after his election, Obama's selection of Gen. Jones as national security adviser, along with a handful of similar appointments, caused us and other observers who are ( even more knowledgeable) to hail what seemed to be a reassuringly moderate trend in Obama's nascent...
  • Donilon's résumé: Policy, law and Fannie Mae

    10/08/2010 10:26:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Donilon's résumé: Policy, law and Fannie Mae By: Josh Gerstein and Abby Phillip October 8, 2010 08:17 PM EDT To many in the foreign policy community, Tom Donilon’s selection Friday as national security adviser to President Barack Obama was a deserving reward for a consummate professional, a corporate lawyer who worked his way up through the foreign policy ranks over the years and is credited with holding the National Security Council together during the uncertain leadership of James Jones. But one part of Donilon’s résumé that went unmentioned in the Rose Garden Friday — the six years he spent as...
  • White House exodus continues as National Security Adviser resigns

    10/08/2010 12:58:30 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 8, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    The exodus of senior aides from the White House continued as Gen James Jones, Barack Obama’s head of National Security, resigned. His departure, which comes a week after Rahm Emanuel, the chief of staff, resigned, removes one of the few senior officials not belonging to the US president’s coterie of long-time advisers. Brought in originally for his vast experience and independent voice, it had been clear for some time that the former Nato supreme commander had failed to gel with the president’s inner circle. Gen Jones is being replaced by one of those close aides, his former deputy Thomas Donilon....
  • Obama transition adviser undermined Fannie Mae oversight as lobbyist (Anyone surprised?)

    10/08/2010 12:50:26 PM PDT · by marstegreg · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 17, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Thomas Donilon, named by Barack Obama as an adviser to his transition team, oversaw lobbyist efforts to undermine OFHEO’s regulatory efforts over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ABC News reports on Donilon’s history and his participation in painting a much rosier picture than reality provided for Fannie Mae’s board. The Obama rebuttal will sound familiar to those who recall Jim Johnson’s involvement with Obama’s campaign: One of Obama’s top transition team members, Thomas Donilon, oversaw an aggressive, backdoor lobbying campaign by mortgage giant Fannie Mae to undermine the credibility of a probe into the firm’s accounting irregularities, according to a...
  • Anyone Not Tied to Fannie or Freddie Please Stand Up (New Security Advisor Donilon VP)

    10/08/2010 12:39:20 PM PDT · by marstegreg · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2008 | Susan Davis
    Donilon, who contributed $4,600 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in March 2007 (and gave the maximum $2,300 to Obama for the general election in July), has a long resume in Democratic politics. He headed the Clinton-Gore transition effort and Clinton’s 1992 debate prep. He also served as an aide to Sen. Joe Biden in his failed 1988 presidential bid. More recently, he served as Fannie Mae’s executive vice president for law and policy from 1999 until 2005, giving him control of Fannie Mae’s legal, regulatory and public policy activities and government and industry relations. Donilon was one of several executives...
  • New Obama security adviser clashed with military

    10/08/2010 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Oct 8,2010 | Ross Colvin and Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name close aide Tom Donilon as his new national security adviser on Friday in a move that could have implications for the struggli
  • Report: Top Obama Transition Staffer(Donilon)Led "Backdoor" Lobbying Campaign For Fannie Mae

    10/08/2010 11:18:28 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    tpmmuckraker ^ | November 17, 2008 | By Zachary Roth
    Change we can believe in? Last week, the Obama transition team announced that it had tapped veteran Beltway Democrat Thomas Donilon to help lead its review of operations at the State Department. As multiple news outlets quickly pointed out, until 2005 Donilon helped oversee the aggressive lobbying operation of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae. Now, ABCNews.com has fleshed out the picture a bit, reporting that Donilon oversaw what it describes as a "backdoor lobbying campaign ... to undermine the credibility of a probe into the firm's accounting irregularities." The details, which center on a campaign to discredit an agency charged...
  • Donilon to Replace Jones as National Security Adviser

    10/08/2010 9:59:53 AM PDT · by Enchante · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/08/10 | David E. Sanger
    Mr. Donilon began as a young political operative for President Jimmy Carter and later was chief of staff for Secretary of State Warren Christopher in the Clinton administration. He has long operated in the area between politics and national security. He coached Mr. Obama on foreign policy for his debates in the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • BREAKING -- Gen. James Jones is resigning (Dummy Donilon replacing)

    10/08/2010 7:37:35 AM PDT · by milwguy · 30 replies
    politico ^ | 10/8/2010 | glenn thrush
    Gen. James Jones is resigning as President Obama's national security adviser. Tom Donilon, the deputy national security adviser, will replace him, a senior administration official tells POLITICO. Jones's resignation will take effect in two weeks. Obama will make an announcement in the Rose Garden at 1 p.m. Friday
  • What happened to the Barack Obama dream?

    09/25/2010 8:19:00 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 59 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 23, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    Bob Woodward's searing critique of the Democrats' war strategy comes as key advisers are leaving and voters lose patience with Barack Obama's promise to deliver 'hope and change'. Alex Spillius reports on an increasingly isolated President. When Barack Obama took office 20 months ago – and what a long 20 months it seems – there was a lot of talk about the great "Team of Rivals" he was appointing around him. Parallels were drawn with the cabinet of substantial talents and big personalities assembled by Abraham Lincoln to rebuild the nation after the civil war. Now, in a new book,...
  • Don't stop with McChrystal

    06/24/2010 3:01:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2010 | Editorial
    President Obama yesterday fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top US commander in Afghanistan, replac ing him with Gen. David Petraeus. Obama, as commander-in-chief, had the right both in law and in custom to do so -- and, given McChrystal's injudicious remarks to a Rolling Stone reporter, it's no surprise that he did just that. We wish the president had retained McChrystal -- a brilliant field commander who is highly regarded by many political leaders in the region. At the same time, Obama did well in selecting Petraeus to assume battlefield leadership in Afghanistan. Time and again, Petraeus has proved...
  • Forget the Joke, Look at Policy

    04/27/2010 9:47:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 806+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2010 | Mona Charen
    "Lighten up." That's what defenders of National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones are saying. Appearing before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jones introduced his remarks with the following story: A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn't have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban ... begins to curse and yell. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, two miles down the...
  • Obama’s National Security Advisor Tells Joke Depicting Jews as Greedy Merchants

    04/26/2010 12:10:58 AM PDT · by counterpunch · 212 replies · 7,031+ views
    Breitbart.tv ^ | April 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm | C-SPAN3/Yid With Lid
    Yid With Lid: He was giving the key note speech at a Washington Institute For Near East Policy and started it out with a "joke" that borders on anti-Semitic, teaching the crowd that Jews are just greedy merchants in the same vein as Shakespeare's Shylock... Editor's note: For Yid With Lid's full post on "The Joke" see the related link below. "• Yid With Lid: Jews are greedy merchants YouTube video 
  • James Jones' Jewish joke - funny or inappropriate?

    04/25/2010 5:38:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies · 2,561+ views
    haaretz ^ | 4/25/10 | Nathan Guttman,
    National Security Adviser James L. Jones doesn't necessarily come across as the amusing guy at policy events. Rather, the veteran general is known for his measured and careful wording, and his somewhat monotonic delivery. Maybe that is why some were surprised when Jones decided to open his remarks at the 25-year anniversary gala of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy with a joke. Not just any joke - a Jewish joke that some say was in poor taste. And here is how it goes: A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Schofield Barracks, Hawaii ~ 16 FEB 2010

    02/15/2010 6:00:09 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 211 replies · 1,596+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Schofield Barracks is a United States Army installation located in the City and County of Honolulu and in the Wahiawa District of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, United States. Schofield Barracks lies adjacent to the town of Wahiawā, separated from most of it by Lake Wilson (also known as Wahiawā Reservoir). Schofield Barracks is named after Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield. He was sent to Hawaii in 1872 and recommended the establishment of a naval base at Pearl Harbor. Schofield Barracks occupies some 17,725 acres on Central Oahu....
  • James Jones joins race in 8th (Arkansas sharecropper, Republican, "Tea Party guy")

    02/14/2010 8:47:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 682+ views
    Phillyburbs ^ | 2/14/10 | GARY WECKSELBLATT
    Jones joins race in 8thBy: GARY WECKSELBLATT The Intelligencer February 14, 2010 03:34 AM Calling it "a historical moment," a black man from rural Arkansas raised as a sharecropper officially entered the 8th District congressional race for the Republican nomination Saturday. "This is Black History month," James Jones told a group of family and friends. "What better time to stand in front of you?" Describing himself as a "Tea Party guy," Jones, who fought in two wars with the Navy and also served in the Middle East, spoke out against government spending, deceitful politicians and the "killing" of the U.S....
  • Live Thread: Barack Obama to Speak on the State of the Terrorism Sham Wow (4:30 P.M. EST 1/07/10)

    01/07/2010 11:51:06 AM PST · by kristinn · 490 replies · 16,556+ views
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 | Kristinn
    <p>He's tanned, he's rested and he's back in love with the cameras!</p> <p>For the third day in a row since returning from his Christmas/New Year's vacation, Barack 'can't I just eat my waffles' Obama is appearing before the cameras to speak to the American people.</p>
  • New effort planned to capture Osama bin Laden

    12/06/2009 5:26:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,248+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 12/7/09 | afp
    THE US will launch a new effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the mountainous Afghan-Pakistani border, US national security adviser James Jones says. Asked in an interview if the administration planned a fresh attempt to go after al-Qaeda's leader, Mr Jones said: "I think so."
  • (National Security Adviser) Jones Joins the 9-11 Truther Set

    10/16/2009 5:54:32 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies · 456+ views
    Commentary ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    J Street’s conference next week has become a Rorschach test of sorts. More and more members of Congress are dropping out, having discovered just who will be speaking — such as this “poet” who finds Gaza to be another fascistic ghetto, complete with numbers written “on the wrists of babies.” And then there is the 9-11 “truther.” So Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand, Lincoln, and Cochran have bugged out, as have a growing list of congressmen. But not the administration. The Obami are to be represented by National Security Adviser James Jones, who has no problem appearing on the same stage with...
  • Obama Adviser Non-Committal on Gen. McChrystal Receiving Requested Reinforcements - Video 10/4/09

    10/05/2009 7:41:16 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Obama's National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones avoiding every way possible saying that Gen. Stanley McChrystal will get the reinforcements he needs to do the job in Afghanistan. Jones repeatedly avoided questions by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation yesterday, about whether McChrystal's request will be granted. Jones' attitude would seem to reveal that the White House is not inclined to listen to McChrystal, and Jones said the President will not just be presented with McChrystal's request, but with a "range of options." Jones seemed to downplay McChrystal's request as being just his view, rather than...
  • National Security Adviser Chides McChrystal

    10/04/2009 4:27:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 67 replies · 2,313+ views
    wapo ^ | October 4, 2009 | By Scott Wilson
    President Obama's National Security Adviser James L. Jones suggested Sunday that the public campaign being conducted by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan on behalf of his war strategy is complicating the internal White House review now underway, saying that "it is better for military advice to come up through the chain of command
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 August 2009

    08/09/2009 5:07:13 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 446 replies · 12,628+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 August 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, August 9th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): National Security Adviser James Jones; Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland, commanding general of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army’s North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): National Security Adviser James Jones; Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. FACE THE NATION (CBS): National Security Adviser James Jones; Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat; Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former national Democratic Party...
  • Jones: Strike shows 'family of nations' fighting terror

    08/09/2009 10:40:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 9, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    U.S. officials believe Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a CIA drone attack last week, President Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday. “We think so,” Gen. James Jones told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding, “We put it in the 90 percent category.” Government officials in Pakistan said Friday they were still waiting for results of DNA analysis to ensure that the man killed Wednesday in an unmanned aerial vehicle strike is indeed Mehsud. Taliban officials have denied the death of the man targeted at the home of Mehsud’s father-in-law. If Mehsud was killed, Jones said it’s an important...
  • Obama adviser Summers earned millions from hedge fund

    04/04/2009 12:25:27 PM PDT · by freespirited · 9 replies · 705+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 04/04/09 | Roberta Rampton
    Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, was paid about $5.2 million by hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the past year, disclosure forms released by the White House showed on Friday. Summers was also paid $2.7 million in speaking fees by a range of organizations and companies, including several troubled Wall Street financial firms. The disclosure documents on Summers and other White House officials advising Obama on the global financial crisis covered 2008 and the first few months of this year. Summers became an official adviser on January 20 when Obama took office. Summers, who was...
  • The White House and Woodward (military opinions-Afghanistan)

    07/02/2009 9:10:56 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 867+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 7-1-09 | Peter Feaver
    The Obama administration has just been Woodwarded, as in Bob Woodwarded. If his Washington Post report is accurate, General Jones, the National Security Advisor committed a serious civil-military relations mistake that could haunt the administration over the coming year. Up until now the administration has been nearly pitch-perfect on the issue of how to talk to the military about securing military advice in high command decision making and how to talk about the military advice they get. But this report, which seems authoritative because it reads like a verbatim transcript of the meeting (is Bob Woodward on the trip?), sounds...
  • Jim Jones to US commanders in Afghanistan: WTF?

    07/02/2009 10:34:09 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 54 replies · 4,116+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    (snip) "Now suppose you’re the president, Jones told them, and the requests come into the White House for yet more force. How do you think Obama might look at this? Jones asked, casting his eyes around the colonels. How do you think he might feel? Jones let the question hang in the air-conditioned, fluorescent-lighted room. Nicholson and the colonels said nothing. Well, Jones went on, after all those additional troops, 17,000 plus 4,000 more, if there were new requests for force now, the president would quite likely have “a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment.” Everyone in the room caught the phonetic...
  • Obama aide says no more troops to Afghanistan

    06/30/2009 9:03:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 1,386+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2009 | N/A
    President Barack Obama's top security adviser has told U.S. military commanders there are no plans to send more troops to Afghanistan for now and that the focus instead will be on economic development and reconstruction, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. National Security Adviser James Jones delivered that message last week in Afghanistan, where Marine Brigadier General Lawrence Nicholson hinted he could use more "thousands more" troops, the newspaper said. Jones' message seemed designed to cap expectations that more troops might be coming, although the Obama administration has not ruled out additional deployments in the future, the Post said. "This...
  • CIA, intelligence director locked in turf war

    05/27/2009 7:13:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 1,070+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON - A turf war between the two senior intelligence chiefs over the role of CIA station chiefs in U.S. embassies has forced National Security Adviser James L. Jones to step in to mediate, according to current and former U.S. government officials. The jockeying between CIA director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair centers on Blair's effort to choose his own representatives abroad instead of relying only on CIA station chiefs, the current and former officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the dispute.
  • US National Security Advisor: Obama Has Made US Safer (stunning .. Gen. Jones)

    05/27/2009 7:23:58 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 72 replies · 4,993+ views
    AFP ^ | 5-27-09
    President Barack Obama's national security advisor, James Jones, Wednesday rejected ex-vice president Dick Cheney's claim that dismantling Bush-era anti-terror policies had made Americans less safe. "In my view, I firmly believe that the United States is not only safe but it will be more secure and the American people are increasingly safer because of the president's leadership that he has displayed consistently over the last four months, both at home and abroad," Jones said. *snip* Jones also cited Obama's outreach to the Muslim world, including next week's major address in Egypt, renewal of U.S. alliances abroad and his plan to...
  • National security adviser: US safer under Obama

    05/27/2009 6:36:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 1,124+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser rebuts former Vice President Dick Cheney's charge that America is less safe under the new administration. Retired Marine Gen. James Jones says increases in defense spending, efforts to get out of Iraq and revamp the strategy for Afghanistan, and a broad campaign to repair the U.S. reputation abroad make the U.S. safer today than it has been. But, he says, no administration is perfect.
  • Middle East Scapegoat

    05/14/2009 1:22:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 1,246+ views
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | May 12, 2009 | By P. David Hornik
    Note: Read the whole article and check out the hypertext-links in the article. # FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Where does the Obama administration stand on Israel? Although that vexed question is still open, the worrying signs are accumulating. On Sunday it was National Security Adviser James Jones telling ABC that “We understand Israel’s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that”—and adding: “…by the same token, there are a lot of things that you can do to diminish that existential threat by working hard towards achieving a two-state solution.” With Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slated...
  • Removal of Military Ban on Homosexuality May Not Come About Soon, Obama Advisor Admits

    05/12/2009 8:48:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 972+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 12, 2009 | Pete Winn
    President Obama’s national security advisor, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, said over the weekend that he “doesn’t know” if the Obama administration is going to try to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. He also said that changing the military’s policy on homosexuality would not be “like a light switch.” Jones was interviewed Sunday on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, host: A lot of your former colleagues in the military, a thousand flag and general officers including 50 four stars have written a letter to the president opposing any...
  • Obama's NSA, Gen James Jones: Not Sure If "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Will Be Repealed (Video)

    05/10/2009 4:38:57 PM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 1 replies · 337+ views
    President Obama's National Security Adviser, Gen. James Jones, appeared on "This Week" with some short Greek dude today. They discuss Obama's promise to overturn President Clinton's "Don't Ask , Don't Tell" policy of gays in the military.
  • Jones doesn't know if 'Dont Ask, Don't Tell' will be repealed

    05/10/2009 9:50:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies · 502+ views
    Jones doesn't know if 'Dont Ask, Don't Tell' will be repealed @ 11:25 am by Michael O'Brien National Security Adviser Jim Jones said Sunday he didn't know for sure whether the ban on gays and lesbians the policy would be overturned. Jones signaled a slower move to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy than many LGBT activists who supported Obama's presidential campaign have hoped. "This is, as you know, an issue that is not going to be a light switch but more of a rheostat in terms of discussing it and building," Jones said Sunday during on ABC'S "This...
  • Obama's NSC Will Get Sweeping New Powers

    02/08/2009 4:31:32 AM PST · by John W · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | February 8, 2009 | Karen DeYoung
    Result of directive expands security body's role far beyond traditional rangePresident Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing its authority to set strategy across a wide spectrum of international and domestic issues. The result will be a "dramatically different" NSC from that of the Bush administration or any of its predecessors since the forum was established after World War II to advise the president on diplomatic and military matters, according to national security adviser James L. Jones, who described the changes in an interview.
  • Wash. Times Exclusive: Obama Backs Out on Iraq Appointment

    02/04/2009 8:48:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies · 2,413+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | Barbara Slavin
    The Obama administration asked retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq but abruptly withdrew the appointment without explanation, Gen. Zinni said Tuesday. Gen. Zinni, a former commander of Central Command, told The Washington Times that he had been offered the job by the White House national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, two weeks ago and that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed the offer on Jan. 26. "I started making arrangements," Gen. Zinni said, but became concerned because he heard nothing further from the State Department or White House. He called Gen. Jones...
  • The Obammunism Chronicles 5: Vetting the Gestapo

    12/07/2008 9:36:29 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 1 replies · 367+ views
    The Policy Project ^ | 08 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    Barack Hussein Obama has begun assembling his team as we all know. Luckily we have the mainstream media here in the US, so we are all aware of just how moderate all of his appointments are, despite what conclusions we may come to if we got there on our own. First there is the matter of the questionnaire reported by World Net Daily earlier today. Apparently BHO is grilling his potential appointees on gun ownership. In a break from previous administrations and in a move that is sure to turn gun owners apoplectic with concern for the next four years,...
  • General Jones shoots Israel

    12/06/2008 5:48:35 AM PST · by danny1961 · 54 replies · 2,894+ views
    Samson Blinded ^ | December 3, 2008 | Obadiah Shoher
    General James Jones, Obama’s choice for National Security Adviser, again revealed his staggering ignorance. The general might be an authority in conventional warfare - though it is unlikely, given his mere few months battlefield experience in Vietnam. General Jones pushes his hallmark solution for the West Bank: IDF moves out and NATO troops move in. The proposal reveals Gen. Jones complete ignorance of anti-terrorist warfare. IDF is the only army in the world which curbed terrorism: from near-war levels in 2000-2003 to near-absence today. The success is due to two factors: extremely exhaustive intelligence and freedom of operations. IDF runs...
  • Obama's War Cabinet Gates and Jones are welcome signs of continuity.

    11/28/2008 7:32:31 AM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 30 replies · 1,047+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/28/2008 | The Wall Street Journal
    The names floated for Barack Obama's national security team "are drawn exclusively from conservative, centrist and pro-military circles without even a single -- yes, not one! -- chosen to represent the antiwar wing of the Democratic party." In his plaintive post this week on the Nation magazine's Web site, Robert Dreyfuss indulges in the political left's wonderful talent for overstatement. But who are we to interfere with his despair? If reports are correct, on Monday the President-elect will ask Robert Gates to stay on as Secretary of Defense and name retired Marine General James Jones as National Security Adviser. These...
  • AP: Jones Is Obama's National Security Adviser

    11/25/2008 6:11:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,597+ views
    Associated Press via Newsmax ^ | November 25, 2008
    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.
  • Obama considers Jim Jones for top security job: report

    11/20/2008 6:14:35 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 29 replies · 1,705+ views
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward selecting retired Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, ABC News reported on Thursday. Jones is among several candidates under consideration for the job, which coordinates foreign policy throughout the administration. James Steinberg, who was deputy national security adviser in Bill Clinton's administration, is also a candidate for the job. The ABC report said Jones had emerged as the leading candidate for Obama, who is said to value his advice and likes the idea of hiring someone for the job with more than four decades of active military...
  • Obama's NSA and CIA Picks (Harsh On Israel, Sympathetic To Iran And Hezbollah)

    11/18/2008 5:02:10 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,621+ views
    littlegreenfootballs.com ^ | November 18, 2008
    Omri Ceren’s headline says it all: Obama’s Top NSA And CIA Picks: Harsh On Israel, Sympathetic To Iran And Hezbollah. Well that was totally unpredictable wasn’t it?General James L. Jones is widely rumored to be Obama’s preferred candidate to be White House National Security Adviser... Jones prepared a report on Israel’s policies in the territories... The World Tribune said it “blasted Israel’s role” for “hampering the movement of PA forces, blocking plans for weapons shipments and technology to the Palestinians and resisting coordination.” ... Obama said this about Jones: “Let me tell you who I associate with... If I’m interested...
  • Obama veep vetting team looks at retired military

    06/10/2008 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 42 replies · 300+ views
    wokv ^ | June 10, 2008 | NEDRA PICKLER and MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama is considering former top military leaders among his possible running mates, according to a senator who met Tuesday with the Democratic presidential candidate's vice presidential vetting team. North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad told The Associated Press said the team asked him about potential candidates from three broad categories _ current top elected officials, former top elected officials and former top military leaders. Conrad would not disclose which names they discussed, and the Obama campaign has been keeping the process a closely guarded secret. "We talked about many names," Conrad said, including "some that are out...