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. Virginia

    Well, have the advisors finally talked Obama into making logical choices for key positions in his cabinet? Let's hope so with this pick. Now, if someone could get him to STOP the appointment of Hillary, then we could all rest easier! I cannot imagine Hillary on the road with high powered political figures, especially in countries with snipers around. And is she going to provide Bill with some cigars while she is at it–how much will that cost us??????

    November 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Noah

    Mickey- You are delusional and are a shining example of the disgustingly partisan Liberals in this country. You and your cronies are already touting Obama as a new FDR before he has even been sworn in. Guess what? Liberals have long idolized the 1930s as a decade of great unity. It wasn’t. The 1930s was a miserable decade of poverty, domestic unrest, labor strife, violations of civil liberties and widespread fear. If liberals really loved peace, prosperity and national cohesion, they’d remember the 1920s or 1950s more fondly. And yet they don’t. Why? Because liberals didn’t get to impose their schemes and dreams on the country in those decades. Behind all the talk of unity and bipartisanship and shared sacrifice lies an uglier ambition: power. The audacity of hope behind all this Lincoln-FDR-Obama blather is the dream of riding roughshod over the opposition, of having their way, of total victory. You care nothing about bipartisanship

    November 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Kisha

    WELL SAID MICKEY (November 21, 10:57am)

    November 21, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Obama's choices are amazing. A mulit-talented, multi-philosophical and multi-innovative group. Now that is the way to enact change!

    November 21, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Robert

    It's funny how someone here said that CHANGE IS COMING cause we can see everyones' good expressions on their faces.....

    I say we wait and see how OBAMA performs AT BAT and not how he performs in the BATTER'S BOX.

    TIME WILL TELL.....

    November 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Gary in VA

    Give me a break. Everyone is trying to micro manage his choices for cabinet. I am very confident in President elect-Obama's intellectual being. His has a good reason for picking Senator Clinton. Putting here in the cabinet keeps here from opposing his proposals from the senate. As Sec. of State she is his voice and representative around the world. Step up your game people.

    November 21, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. CP

    I guess I should not be surprised that there are still those who cannot understand that intelligent and brilliant people are being chosen for the jobs most suited for them and who can offer their years of experience and wisdom to not only the President, but to the citizens of this country. Get over the good ol' boy mentality and embrace the age of intelligence, respect and diversity.

    Anyone who thinks that this is not CHANGE is indeed, still immersed in the wonderful world of Bush/Cheney. Open your eyes and your minds and be part of the change.

    November 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. AFSGTSAM

    Funny thing does it occur to most of you Obama lemmings that the majority of the people he is appointing in his cabinet are far far more qualified to be President than Obama ?

    November 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Denise Groves

    That is all fine and well, but I am still wanting Obama to reward Richardson. The Gov broke from the Clinton's and became a staunch supporter of his. I think he deserves a position in the cabinet

    November 21, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I don't know the guy, but I trust Obama's judgment.

    November 21, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. LiberalsHateAmerica

    How about Rev Wright, Rashid Khalidi, or Bil Ayers? Actually how about one of the biggest anti-Americans barry knows to put in the job- Michelle...

    November 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Pat

    President-elect Obama is a man of superior intellect, vision, and sound judgment. He is multi-dimensional in his outlook and he knows how to win friends (Foreign Alliances) and influence people (unite our countrymen).

    He has an uncanny ability to put pieces of a picture puzzle together while separating that which is of use from that which is wasteful. This man has many gifts and he is "the one" for these terrible times!

    But most importantly, he is a man of Faith. He has mountains before him to move, but that is what Faith does. He is not alone in this wilderness; he has an ALMIGHTY AND POWERFUL GUIDE!

    Watch as well as pray....miracles will be seen! He will continue to have all that he needs to succeed when he needs it!

    It is no accident that he will be the 44th President of the United States. Those double 4's have significance of their own!

    November 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Jackie in NY

    What difference does it make? We will be less secure as a nation with Obama in charge. Everyone knows that. I feel sorry for the guy, he will probably spend many frustrated hours as he watches the budget cuts and policy waffles that will sap the strength of our military and intelligence community.

    November 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. denial is a river in Egypt

    ck: hahahahahahaha what is it like to be delusional? hope rush limbaugh is treating you well. i hear the GOP is looking for a new direction... how about Russia, i hear their homeland security department can wiretap whoever the hell they want.

    "hoodwinked" – lmfao thank you, God. I've waited 8 long years for this, and it's even better than I thought. ;)

    November 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. ck

    On the bright side, keeping the Clintons around will guarantee Obama is

    a one term president!

    November 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. PaulMoATX

    Pete – "The markets response to Obama being elected is astounding, down close to 20% since November 5.

    Change? We will all be asking for spare change before he's even in office."

    The economy as we speak has nothing to do with Obama being selected as 44th POTUS. Only people who have no knowledge of economics believe something as radical as what you're spouting from your mouth and typing with your non-thinking fingers.

    November 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. The Slayer

    AFSGTSAM, it hasn't occurred to you that the fact that Obama is able to pick qualified people who may disagree with him shows his mettle as Commander-in-Chief. If anything, this goes to show that Obama IS qualified to be President, keeping in mind the last 8 years...

    November 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Hawkeye

    Republicans still trying to dump their mess on Obama. You can not expect intelligent government to come from less than intelligen people. What a mess you leave, it may take many years to clean it up and get this great country back to world wide positive recognition. Pain the Ugly Americans Republican.

    November 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. conservative

    Dang ; it was Oprahs job !

    November 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. That Other Jerry

    Don't know this Jones guy, but if the article's accurate, he sounds like an intelligent choice. I understand Rich's concerns, but what I think it means is that Jones is getting some very direct briefing about the difference between a general and a political appointee. You can read Colin Powell's autobiography and glean some insight into that issue.

    November 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Single soccer mom with lipstick AND intellect

    Try to be a thinking human being, and give Obama a chance. So far I'm sleeping much better than I have the last 8 years..and yes, i'm terrified by the economoy and how to pay for my son's college, and if i will have a job tomorrow or a roof over my head. But I also am heartened to see a leader I believe has a good soul and cares about people. If more people realized that that's the change this country needs..not the big monster mansions, or the private CEO jets and spa jaunts, all the oil company and health care kickbacks to Washington, gas guzzling luxury cars and the hedonisitic way people conduct their lives and the White House conducted this war, we may not be in this economic nightmare.

    God Bless you and your family ,Barack, and this wonderful country..that we may finally pull together and begin to heal from the past 8 years.

    November 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. C W

    To those who think everyone Obama is picking for is cabinet is more qualified than he is – NO DUH! A leader is supposed to pick experts in their respective fields, then listen when they talk so he/she can make informed decisions. That, my friend, is a sign of intelligence and wisdom.

    Contrast this to Bush's style of the last 8 years, when he couldn't suffer differing opinions and just rubber-stamped everything Cheyney, Rumsfeld, Rove, and others spoon-fed him. A lot of good THAT type of leadership brought our country!

    November 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Pennsylvania

    Does it occur to any of you Republican lemmings that George Bush was probably the LEAST qualified President of our time? I find nothing funny about that.

    Barack Obama is not only qualified to lead this country, he has the intelligence, wisdom and foresight to surround himself with the best people so that this cess pool we have been left with can finally be flushed clean.

    November 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Army Vet

    AFSGTSAM: wow, i cannot stop laughing. absolutely ridiculous. a president who challenges the public to think for themselves instead of putting our faith in big brother to "take care of us"... and you call his supporters lemmings. such a delicious irony.

    these current republican hacks remind me of the days after Y2K, when true believers were looking around confused, not knowing what to do now that their individual reality was shattered – realizing the world had not in fact ended.

    the earth is flat! and the universe revolves around it! President-elect Obama is unqualified! lmao my friend, I hope you see the delusion you are subscribing to for what it is, then let it go and come enjoy the life you've been given with the rest of us. Obama is the best thing to ever happen to this country. hoo-ah.

    November 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. missdebbe

    Okay people. Remember this phrase: Be the change you want to see. All the slams and negativity on these blogs simply shows that YOU all are not willing to become part of the change. It's starts with us folks. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!

    November 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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