November 21st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
6 years ago

Sources: Jones leading choice for national security advisor

 Jones is the leading candidate to be Obama's national security advisor.
Jones is the leading candidate to be Obama's national security advisor.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Two sources close to the Obama transition team tell CNN retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones has emerged as President-elect's leading choice to become national security adviser in the White House.

The sources said Jones has been given the impression by the President-elect that the job is his if he wants it. But the officials said there are still private discussions underway and no final decision has been made.

The discussions are focused on precisely how much power Jones will have in the staff job since he is used to being in a command role. Among his many posts, Jones served for several years as the operational commander for NATO.

In the third and final presidential debate, Obama noted that he deeply values advice from Jones, who has four decades of military service.

One person close to the transition noted Jones is a bipartisan figure who has warm relationships with both current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who may stay on the job for at least a brief period, as well as Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is now on track to be nominated as Secretary of State after Thanksgiving.
CNN first reported last week that Jones was getting serious consideration for either national security adviser or Energy Secretary.


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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Amy

    From what I'm hearing from both parties...dem & repubs...THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE....

    CHANGE WE CAN DEFINATELY BELIEVE IN....PRES-ELECT HAS SHOWN HE WILL BE AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT WHO MAKES DECISIONS INTELLIGENTLY!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Cammi317

    Dave, I thought the very same thing when I saw his name...LOL.

    November 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Scott Tucson

    Don't look for Obama to pull troops out of Iraq any time soon, at least until he starts running for re-election and he dusts off his slogan of Change again.

    November 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. MEL

    President Barack Obama is choosing that right persons. Based in experienced and integrity. Excellent. yes I will likde to see Hagel too.

    November 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. change has come

    soon this team is gonna be labled the dream team.remember i said to "watch"

    November 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Gary in Milwaukee

    I'm not quite sure what ck is looking for, if s/he's unhappy with a choice like Jones.

    November 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Steve Ford

    Obama is picking highly experienced people. There's only two places where they could have gotten that experience. Either in a Bush or Clinton administration, as those two families have held power for the last 30 years. Thats what happens when we keep electing members of the same family...I don't know about you, but I'm not interested in returning to the days of bloodlines and monarchies.

    November 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. patmosburg

    ithink that the selection of hillary clinton is a terrible mistake. however the choice of mr. Jones is a good one.

    November 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. tom

    obama has more brains in his little finger than all the republican have together. he is picking smart people to work with him to restore this country to its place on the shining hill that king george drove us off of.

    November 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. C Spurgeon

    Agree with all his choices so far but even if I didn't would be impressed by his thoughtfullness.

    November 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Mickey

    CK, there's no hoodwinking going on. YES, there is change coming. Just take a look around you. People are smiling again. That's a ginormous change. The Bushies are leaving after 8 years of destroying this country, the chance for a return to what we think makes America great is right there on the horizon thanks to the incoming administration. Competent people who have proven to be good at their jobs are being appointed. Will it work? We'll know in 8 years. At least we do know that Obama is making intelligent decisions in staffing his cabinet.

    And guess what? I don't care if some of these folks worked for Roosevelt or even Lincoln! Put people who CAN do the job IN the job.

    No, we haven't been hoodwinked, not like the people who voted Bush in twice, the self-same people who believed the shinola he was selling.

    November 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Stephen Russell

    What a great change to have a leader who excersizes wisdom when making decisions.

    November 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. John

    Great choice

    November 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. SMJ

    Yes! Go President-elect! You are selecting great experienced and bi-partisian leaders for your Cabinet. You are a man of your word...the nay-sayers wouldn't be happy no matter what you did. They are wanting you to fail...which means America fails. They're still hoping for VP Palin...how sad!

    November 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Simmy

    President Obama: Keep moving in the direction you are headed! Great choices!

    November 21, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Pennsylvania guy

    I have to agree with what most of the critics are saying so far: that Obama's Cabinet choices are just "cut-and-paste" from the Clinton Administration. Along with that, ther are some of them that just aren't experienced enough, including Hillary Clinton, who was chosen to be Secretary of State. In other words, I do not agree with Obama's choices, nor do I agree with the country'es decision to put him in office.

    November 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Adrian P

    Even Joe Scarborough ("Morning Joe" on MSNBC). a pretty solid Republican, is impressed by this guy. Isn't it comforting to know that grownups are going to be in charge within about 60 days?

    November 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. John Williamson

    For those of you too lazy, stupid, or contrary to investigate General Jones, he is a former Commandant of the Marine Corps and Supreme Allied Commander of European Forces.

    General Jones can get the job done. He is not some Clinton holdover – he remains bipartisan.

    November 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. JIMBISCIELLO

    I THINK IT IS REFRESHING- CHANGE IS IN THE AIR- THE BUSH DISASTER WILL STAY WITH US FOR YEARS TO COME UNFORTUNATELY.
    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS POOR EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT AND HIS BOSS DICK CHENEY BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES FOR ABUSE OF POWER, AND SO MANY OTHER ATROCITIES THAT THEY COMMITTED.
    THEIR PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE EXILE TO ALASKA TO LIVE IN SARAH PALIN'S HOME FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS....

    November 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Ruby

    The Obama Team has not started to do s/he job yet. So dont judge! Evaluate them at the end of their term.

    November 21, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. No More GOP

    Obama keeps making great choices for his cabinet and power players. Not at all like the doddering cronyism of the Bush administration that kept having to replace players when they were outed as incompetent or crooked.

    November 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Dan

    I had the honor to work directly for General Jones when he was the Chief of Staff for Provide Promise (the Humanitarian Aid Operations into Bosnia and Sarajevo). The man is a great leader, strong intellectual, and is his own person. I can think of no one who is more intelligent, more knowledgeable, and more experienced for this job. He would be a great addition to President Elect Obama's Cabinet, and will advise him and the Vice President with clear, honest, well defined advice.

    It is good to see that they are choosing people who deserve to be chosen. I have all the confidence in the world in General Jones, and in our future President.

    November 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. UpstateNYIndy

    Hoodwinked? No. Impressed? Yes. Careful thought is being brought into the decisions being made. You have here a careful blend of old and new being brought into the fold. Intelligence, loyalty and diversity. Those ingredients alone mean change, especially the first adjective. President Obama will do us proud. If I didn't believe it with everything in me, I would NOT have lowered the lever under his name.

    November 21, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. mitch

    this wes clark supporter is disappointed. this new cabinet is more of the same.

    November 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. D O

    Mr President you are doing
    the right thing, not every body will like you . God bless u

    November 21, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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