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Klein: Jim Jones Is In Trouble

11:35 AM, Apr 23, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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In the most daring piece of journalism since FDR was elected, Joe Klein writes about how Obama is the greatest president since Caesar and has accomplished more in his first 100 days than God did in seven, but amidst the fawning and preening and numerous synonyms for stupendous comes one interesting tidbit:

Gates is considered a major success within the Administration, as is the straight-talking Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. There is some concern, however, about National Security Adviser James Jones, who is still adjusting to civilian life after a brilliant career in the military.

When Obama first picked Jones, there were a lot of questions about whether a former four-star could make the adjustment to what is, essentially, a staff position. Then Jones went off to the Munich security conference -- a job typically reserved for the SecDef -- when many thought his time would have been better served working; he gave a ridiculous interview to the Washington Post prattling on about how he would have the last word with the president on any major security issue; and he got rolled on the selection of Zinni to serve as ambassador to Iraq. The question is: how bad must things be for Jones if Joe Klein feels compelled to write something that even indirectly reflects poorly on President Obama?