Jim Jones: Another Job 'Created or Saved'?
This has me seeing red, having tried in vain to refrain from much comment until after watching another sunrise. One of the best journalists in Washington, ABC's Jake Tapper, shares an exclusive interview with National Security Advisor Jim Jones in which the White House advisor gives every appearance of a man desperate to save his job. With apologies to Jake Tapper, heavy excerpt below from his story in Political Punch, National Security Adviser Says President Obama Is Having Greater Success Taking Terrorists Out of Commission Than Bush Did.
Responding to criticism from former Vice President Cheney that President Obama is making the nation more vulnerable to terrorism, the president's National Security Adviser, Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), told ABC News in an exclusive interview that actually the reverse is true: President Obama's greater success with international relations has meant more terrorists put out of commission.
"This type of radical fundamentalism or terrorism is a threat not only to the United States but to the global community," Jones said. "The world is coming together on this matter now that President Obama has taken the leadership on it and is approaching it in a slightly different way - actually a radically different way - to discuss things with other rulers to enhance the working relationships with law enforcement agencies - both national and international."
Jones said that "we are seeing results that indicate more captures, more deaths of radical leaders and a kind of a global coming-together by the fact that this is a threat to not only the United States but to the world at-large and the world is moving toward doing something about it."The former Marine General didn't provide any specific numbers to back up his claim, but he said "there is an increasing trend and I think we seen that in different parts of the world over the last few months for sure." He added that he was not "making a tally sheet saying we are killing more people, capturing more people than they did -- that is not the issue."
So, what is the issue, exactly? According to Jones, "The numbers of high value targets that we are successfully reaching out to or identifying through good intelligence." So much for not making a tally sheet.
Well, that's all well and good. But what does that intelligence have to do with President Obama's "international" successes? Which countries supposedly now immensely more cooperative were not so because of President Bush's apparent abrasiveness?
Someone is going to point to Pakistan to help him out here, where Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was finally introduced to the working end of a Hellfire missile.
That's a load of garbage the instant anyone attempts to take that easy way out. The cooperation within Pakistan has got jack to do with President Obama's suddenly deft foreign policy prowess nor his wild popularity with global media and resulting coverage - which is to be astutely distinguished from wild popularity among world leaders. Pakistan's cooperation was being lined up mostly by the Taliban itself, which made its insurgency against the government of Pakistan so bold that the Pakistanis could push it off no longer. They simply had to deal, and have been for the better part of the year.
"Dealing" meant, in part, not only tolerating US drone attacks in Pakistan's Taliban/al-Qaeda controlled wild west, but feeding the Americans a bit of actual intelligence every now and again instead of feeding the enemy ahead of attacks every damned time so they can scamper off safely.
Who's going to tell me this is because of Obama? I will laugh in your uninformed face. Out loud and in public.
Anyone besides me remember when General David Petraeus and other senior level military and intelligence officials went and had a sit down with Pakistani Army commander General Kiyani shortly after Petraeus took over CENTCOM? Do you think they were discussing the likability factor of then-candidate Obama?
Or do you think today Jim Jones is hoping that his is another job "created or saved" in that funky PR-lingo math practiced by White House economic advisors and media spokesmen?
Either way, Jim Jones should make lunch reservations at the Mayflower down the street with George Will, who's having a genius moment of his own today.