Rumors are circulating that retired four-star General James Jones is on the shortlist to become President-Elect Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser:
Marine Gen. James L. Jones (Ret.), the former head of NATO and U.S. forces in Europe, has emerged as the leading candidate to serve as the National Security Adviser for President-elect Obama.
Jones’ name has came up a few months ago as one of Obama’s potential Vice Presidential candidates; I thought it was an intriguing idea, at the time.
Some background on Jones:
Credentials: Forty years of active duty in the Marine Corps; supreme allied commander in Europe, 2003-2007; former commandant of the Marine Corps; senior aide to former defense secretary William S. Cohen.
What he offers: Jones, 64, has a lifetime of military service and in the private sector serves as an adviser on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, he advised Congress about the readiness of the Iraqi security forces. He was named as a special envoy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Palestinian and Israeli security issues.