November 21st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
11 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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  1. pam Eugene OR

    Liberals hate America
    You really are a jerk. How do you live with all that hate in your heart? Besides being dead wrong you must be a pretty miserable human being. I have to laugh when I read your ugly posts but then a part of me does feel sorry for your ignorant self.
    It must really suck to be you!

    November 21, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Just another CNN poster

    Reading these posts from the far right (and those who profess not to be) I can almost visually see them imploding.

    As they scramble to insult every breathing moment of Baracks life and actions, they do nothing to fix the party and do everything to alienate everyone who isn't right of the right which leaves out almost 70% of the nation.

    As a former Republican, the party has been overtaken by nothing less than hypocritical, hate and fear mongering neocons who preach intolerance, ignorance and backwards thinking.

    You can't solve new world problems with backwards beliefs.

    November 21, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Chaos Operative

    Jones is the right pick.Please pay no attention to the 15 year old Limbaugh blogger that uses many names and even answers and praises herself on here.She seems to have serious mental issues and should seek the aid of a doctor.

    November 21, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. SD Demo

    From the bio, he sounds like a good choice.

    November 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. CC

    I was wondering the same thing..Where's Colen? Where are the Afican American's? Seems to me he's forgot his own! Come on Obama there are several Afican American's worthy of these jobs.

    November 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Juan from L.A

    This is guy is good...friends with Admiral Fallon and told the old Chief of Staff Pace to stand up or be careful about Rumsfeld...this guy knows and is anti-Bush...decline Rice twice...

    November 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. LiberalsHateAmerica

    Patriot gal
    All we need to have a repilca of the clinton cabinet would be the appt of monica to something ..But hey, change!change!change!change!
    The media is in a love fest with barry and it will only get worse.

    More clinton years means less military, more gov't in our lives, more entitlements to deadbeats, more unions strangling our businesses, less USA security in the world. Barry will probably try to allow europe to be part of the electorate in 2012 because some of his biggest fans are european socialists who are completely in love with him.

    November 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Frances

    With the country in the terrible condition that it is in it stands to reason that President-elect Obama would pick highly qualified people to cabinet heads unlike dumb George W. Bush. One of the reasons the country is in the toilet is because of the neo-cons that didn't know anything about the jobs that they were hired for under Bush and as a result we find ourselves where we are today, messed up.

    November 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Fred

    LiberalshateAmerica, you forgot to mention that the current economic meltdown is happening and it is the Republicans in office.

    As much as you are preaching hatred and doomsday, you fail to recognize Obama is not President, so if you want to blame someone, look at the current administration.

    November 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Matt

    @ LiberalsHateAmerica

    Read a book and then talk about the economy. What's happening to the markets right now was going to happen no matter who was elected. Half a century of believing in the fairy tale of randian, chicago school, trickle-down reaganomics is finally blowing up in America's face. Now that we've learned there is no such thing as economic gravity (what goes up, don't come down), the healing can begin.

    November 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. SOJ

    First, congratulations to Barack Obama our next President and Commander-in-Chief. As an active duty Army officer, I am very optimistic despite many view Obama presidency will not keep our military strong. I'm pleased with his NSA selection because he's former military. Although president-elect Obama has not served in the military, I believe he has the intellectual capacity to know the US needs a strong military despite some fear of him cutting key military programs, troops and funding while fighting two wars. Also, he has two distinct characteristics that the military needs the most right now and they are "uniting people and vision." We need a Commander-in-Chief that can provide us with a clear vision to win the war on terriosm and unite people of different countries and our own to support this effort.

    Scottie Jackson, Student , Command and General Staff College, ILE, Ft. Belvoir, VA. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

    November 21, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Kelly

    For all of the people that don't understand supervisor/manager/leader, here is what you do:

    The person "in-charge" would not and should not be the one who knows everything fine detail of the various jobs in the organization. To be successful, first you must employ individuals who have the proper expertise to do their jobs and as a leader you depend on that person to give you the pros and cons. As a leader, you must take that information from your experts and make an informed decision based on the need of the entire organization, or in this case, the United States of America.

    Leadership/management is not about someone being the smartest or the quickest, it is about surrounding yourself with the proper people and your ability to motivate those people to continue to bring new ideas and visions.

    November 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. republicans love to hate?

    My God people. Obama isn't even President yet and a lot of you Republicans are already jumping on him. How about trying to steer your hatefullness to the people who brought us to where we are as a country.

    Bush doesn't know dick. And leaving the country to corporations hasn't really proved to be a great theme.

    Let's try something new and come together and work as Americans.

    November 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    Now, now, guys, play nice. CK can't help that he/she feels robbed. The candidate they supported did not get elected. Welcome to the club, CK, I didn't elect either Bush in any of the three elections of that father/so team, either!

    Now, instead of spouting partisan political stuff, can we discuss the issues? General Jim Jones is an experienced military man with excellent knowledge of how to deal with security issues. Seems to me, his knowledge and experience puts him at the top of a short list qualified for the position. As a Vietnam era vet, I know I"m pleased.

    November 21, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. KG

    Republicans sure are whiney these days.

    November 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas


    Hmmm. What part of us mirroring Europe would actually be bad? The steady holding value of the Euro in comparison to the dollar? The excellent health plans, and the fact that all European countries rank above the U.S. in lower child mortality rates and average health? That unemployment in Europe is at an all-time low, rather than just about an all-time high as here? That, except for Britain, they are not stuck in a war costing them $10 billion a month, and even Britain is not getting hit by that amount? That they have some of the best rail services and commuter systems in the world? That they are not universally despised by countries around the world? Want me to go on?

    I guess they really DO have it bad, don't they?

    November 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. PDX Gal

    We're all still under Dubya's watch. Oh, yeah, I forgot. 9/11 didn't happen under Dubya's watch either.

    Please continue to deny the obvious. Makes you look real credible.

    November 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas

    at one time reading some of the junk that the Obama haters would post here would tick me off.........but now I just laugh at them because sitting behind a keyboard and typing this stuff is ALL they really have. And most of it just shows how shallow and not very bright they are and only gives more proof why the GOP lost and is still loisng. I am willing to give Obama a chance, pick a good smart team behind him and after Jan 21st start working on getting our country back together. And GUESS WHAT?? If he does that even the Obama haters will profit too......and for those whining about former Clinton appointments, the Clintons left the WHite House with a surplus and Bill Clinton still had a 60+ approval rating so they must have been doing something right. Now Bush on the other hand.........

    November 21, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. tim

    Hey Mickey.....

    Who are these people smiling?

    I'm certainly not and neither are any of my friends or relatives....all we have seen is our 401k's drop by 30 percent since 11/4 and have seen the any moral authority this country had left ripped from beneath us by the press and its brainwashing of followers like you.

    November 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Jon

    Like I seriously have to ask this question.....

    are all the disciples of Obama (not people who just voted for him but those of you that follow him as he is the second coming)....

    Can you please explain to me what he has done that shows this incredible wisdom....high intellect....great leadership.....

    I mean the man hasn't done anything yet. Running a campaign is not the same as being any of you understand that?

    And the only thing he has done since being elected is appoint people he has "owed" from said campaign to the highest positions in the land.....that is not leadership.

    November 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Michael, Houston Texas

    LiberalHateAmerica, if the shoe fits, then wear it. The media is not dead in America, you are just mad because all news outlets are not like Fix News. If you are under 65, then write Medicare and Social Security and let them know when you are 65, to keep thier money and medical insurance, because you don't agree with government helping people. And if you are over 65 then don't use Meidcare and send your monthly Social Secuirty check back. It's people like you that makes America a joke in world opinion. So go clean your gun and shut your mouth moron.

    November 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Adam in VA

    Everyone here who is thinking that Obama supporters are being "hoodwinked" or are "Obama victims" because of his choices so far need to remember this:

    He ran on change from the BUSH administration, not the CLINTON administration.

    Any people who were Clinton staff will have more experience, will be lead by Obama, and will be able to give him advice on what to do and that advice will come from EXPERIENCE (experience you say? how dare he!)

    The Clinton administration was incredible. I was so sorry to see him go, and to see Bush blatantly steal that 2000 election.

    Buckle-up repubs, your party is about to crash.

    November 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Leo

    Oops... I meant Barry's administration not GW's. Heck, their both out of touch.....

    November 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Ken in Dallas

    LiberalsHateAmerica, are you off your meds again? "drank the kool-aid right off the cliff"? You're obviously incoherent, and should get back on the happy pills before you rant again.

    November 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Vic in TX

    LiberalsHateAmerica is like a woman scorned.......Ha!...get over it or move away to a place where the shoe fits.....

    November 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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