From The Politico:
President-elect Barack Obama is close to landing James L. Jones (Times bio), the well-known retired Marine Corps general, as his national security adviser, sources said.
Folks hoping for victory in Iraq should be heartened. A bit of background:
“At the request of the U.S. Congress, Jones recently chaired the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq.”
For Mr. McCain, the report provided powerful support for his long-held position that it would be a mistake for Congress to set a firm deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq. When retired Gen. James L. Jones of the Marines, who led the commission, told the committee, “I think deadlines can work against us and I think a deadline of this magnitude would be against our national interest,” Mr. McCain could not have been more satisfied. “I thank you,” he said.
Jones has also been pushing on Afghanistan and briefed Obama on same; from the Times bio:
As head of NATO forces, he served in the military’s most diplomatic of war-fighting assignments. The job required finding consensus for military action among squabbling member governments when the alliance took over significant portions of the war in Afghanistan.
The briefing book. Before President-elect Obama traveled to Afghanistan during the campaign, General Jones briefed him on the American and the Atlantic alliance security and assistance mission there. He also has briefed Mr. Obama on energy policy issues.
OK - if folks don't like this choice, tell me why not. My only yellow sign is an absence of howling at DKos, but the day is young. And that said, Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly is supportive for reasons that do not trouble me.
WISTFUL THINKING: From Salon's War Room:
Jones was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's policies in the Iraq war.
As was John McCain.
THAT'S MORE LIKE IT! Whinging we can believe in at Open Left.