GOODBYE FOREVER  12:27 pm October 8, 2010

Obama Replaces Gossipy National Security Czar

by Riley Waggaman

Apparently this General Jones fellow just could not stop gossiping with Bob Woodward about how much Obama sucks at war. And Jones was planning on leaving anyway because he is a crybaby so Obama said “hey, the sooner the better. Get out.”

President Obama will announce on Friday that Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by his deputy, Thomas E. Donilon, senior administration officials said.

General Jones’s departure had been long rumored, and he had previously indicated to his staff that he intended to leave by the end of the year. But the schedule was accelerated, and in recent weeks White House staff members had been increasingly critical of General Jones for statements that he apparently made to Bob Woodward, the author of “Obama’s Wars,” an account of the internal decision making on policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 

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{ 21 comments }

Lucidamente1 October 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

It's from here to eternity for you, buddy.

JustPixelz October 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Nothing's more annoying than a security chief who talks. Let's get back to the Bush years where nobody told anyone anything about anything. Sure it let the 9/11 plot go undetected, and a war for imaginary WMDs, waterboarding. But the secrets stayed secret, and that's the most important thing.

LetUsBray October 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Wasn't the waterboarding supposed to be a secret, too? They couldn't even get that right.

SayItWithWookies October 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

According to this rundown of Obama's Wars infighting, Jones was an ally of the Dubya generals' strategies and Gates likes him. I sorta hope this means President Obama is rearranging his whole national security team and kicking out the paleoconservative douchebags who've been opposing him from the inside. Our military's been getting too influential in foreign policy over the past 30 years and it's about time they're put back into their rightful place as servants of elected government and not the other damn way around.

Guppy06 October 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

So we need Obama to get all Truman on their asses?

SayItWithWookies October 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I think so — I've gotten the impression that the Pentagon establishment has developed a sense that they're the sole authority on military matters. I was watching Charlie Rose interview Woodward the other night, and apparently Gates & Co. presented Obama with only one option on what to do in Afghanistan — it was either 40,000 more troops or go home. Obama demanded more options, and got a compromise plan at the last minute.
Not that I think Woodward's take is entirely accurate — he seemed to be criticizing Obama for not working comfortably with the DOD — but Rose was a properly astonished and saw Gates' unwillingness to present other possibilities as insubordination. You'll notice the Pentagon has seemed equally recalcitrant to get out of Iraq and to close Gitmo — as though they think if they can hold out for another two years, they'll have a friendlier president to deal with. That's not the way this shit's supposed to work.

harry_palmer October 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Yes, and before they gave their only plan to Obama, they leaked it as the only viable strategy so as to paint him into a corner – either accept it or look incompetent and foolish. Jones is just McChrystal Lite.

V572625694 October 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Eikenberry, who is the US "ambassador" to Afghanistan, is a retired Army general of truly evil demeanor, as I know from (one very small) personal encounter w/him. He's got to be the most ham-biscuited "diplomat" ever to wear stripey pants. Probably pretty good at the war stuff, though. It's not like those guys are underachievers.

transfatz October 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

Just about spot on. I was somewhat more cynical about the Republican DOD holdovers. I figured that was what Hopey had to pay to get to the inauguration alive. It is no great surprise that they were a fifth column in his administration. The whole bipartisan thing is seen as a prey reaction by Republicans. I don't know if the damage can be repaired at this point.
Sorry, I made a typing but nothing funny came out.

Chet Kincaid October 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Maybe Barry is going to wise up and stop being played for a sucker by his "team of rivals" and the Republicans. It might be good for him to face a Republican majority or two, and their fresh outrages, so that he's forced to cowboy the fuck up and point out to the "New Silent Majority" (and himself) what it means to be ruled by those assholes.

harry_palmer October 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm

The military is infested by a bunch of Christian warriors who don't see any conflict between their love of Jeebus and killing people in drovess for (usually) pretty shaky geopolitical reasons. No big surprise that they're oblivious to the disconnect between their uberpatriotism and their insubordination to their elected Commander in Chief. In other words, lots of them are just garden-variety Republicans.

V572625694 October 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

The Jeebus-lovers are mostly in the Air Force, which has no mission in this war beyond bomb and materiel delivery, and thus little or or no influence in the WH. They made it part of the core curriculum at the goddamn academy.

SayItWithWookies October 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

It's no coincidence that the Air Force Academy and the capital of evangelical America are both in Colorado Springs. http://www.onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/artic

transfatz October 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

I was fascinated with the name Colorado springs until I passed through there once. I think they mean the rusty circular kind of springs. That place is a hole.

yellowerdog October 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Turgidson: The duty officer asked General Ripper to confirm the fact the he had issued the go code and he said, "Yes gentlemen, they are on their way in and no one can bring them back. For the sake of our country and our way of life, I suggest you get the rest of SAC in after them, otherwise we will be totally destroyed by red retaliation. My boys will give you the best kind of start, fourteen hundred megatons worth, and you sure as hell won't stop them now. So let's get going. There's no other choice. God willing, we will prevail in peace and freedom from fear and in true health through the purity and essence of our natural fluids. God bless you all."

Come here a minute October 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

At the going away party, do not drink the Kool-Aid.

x111e7thst October 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

"Apparently this General Jones fellow just could not stop gossiping with Bob Woodward"

There was a time when the silence of whores was something you could rely on.

Lazy Media October 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

See, that's what you get when you hire a Pulitzer-winning anti-war novelist to be your national security advisor.

chascates October 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

You don't project any air of bipartionship by hanging onto the worthless hacks that Dubya ended up with.

PublicLuxury October 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

I really like President Obama but I think his decision to keep some of commander codpiece's advisors was a mistake. It diesn't make him look bi-partisian, it makes him look wishy-washy. IMO

fuhrius October 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

Sounds to me like someone at the Pentagon got a call:

senior advisor: "listen, potus is pissed about the rolling stone and woodward shit. he insists that "heads must roll."
DoD: "is this another hissy-fit or do you think he needs to be placated?"
s.a.: "He keeps telling everyone "I'm the Commander inChief! I'm in charge!" so I'd say the latter general."
DoD: "Well I know Jones wants out anyway. Tell him he can fire Jones publically if he doesn't go overboard."
s.a.: "Thank you sir. Is there anything else?
DoD: "As a matter of fact there is. Looks like some intrepid scribe's spilling the beans on the creative accounting over at Cal Nat. Guard. See if you can't get Sam Zell to bury it.
s.a. "Will do sir. Good day."

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