October 09, 2010


National Security Advisor and retired marine general Jones is out and his deputy Thomas Donilon is in. I am skeptic about putting former flag or general officers in diplomatic positions (such as the present ambassador to Afghanistan) or as national security advisor because the positions require a different skill set than what it takes to be a successful commander. Colin Powell did well as President Reagan's NSA while a serving three-star; Jones did not. Powell worked well with Reagan's inner circle, Jones could not penetrate it.

UPDATE: LMC fav and maximium super-babe Michelle Malkin has a post on Donilon's background at Fannie Mae before the collapse. The more I read about Donilon, the more it looks like he has no background in foreign policy of consequence and his skill set runs more to domestic policy. One wonders what the consequences will be of this pick, especially since Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mullen will likely hang it up next year.

Posted by LMC at October 9, 2010 08:41 AM | TrackBack

Donilon is already part of the inner circle. While that may help on the bureaucracy side it surely will not raise his esteem among the uniformed crowd.

I see his appointment as nothing more than "Get us out of Afghanistan at any cost before I have to go out on the road for the 2012 primaries".

Posted by: Captain Ned at October 9, 2010 05:32 PM

I predict Mr. Donilon's impact will be the the same as Clinton appointee Sandy Berger. Hopefully w/out stuffing classified docs down his pants....

Posted by: kmr at October 11, 2010 07:21 AM
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