Tom Donilon

President Obama’s national security adviser Jim Jones is on his way out. Jones was eminently qualified for the job, but by most accounts he never had much influence. He is being replaced by Thomas Donilon, who is principally a political operative. (The guy was a lobbyist for Fannie Mae for six years, for crying out loud.)

Defense Secretary Gates said that Donilon would be a disaster in the job, although he started walking that remark back once Donilon was selected. Jim Jones’s criticisms of Donilon (as reported in Bob Woodward’s book) are sharper and more detailed. The RNC has a summary here.

Gates is reportedly on his way out too. I’m nervous.

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