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Woodward: Gates Thinks Donilon A "Disaster"

You wonder what the Pentagon thinks of the man who is going to be President Obama's next National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon? Well Chris Good over at the Atlantic remembered this bit from Bob Woodward's book Obama's Wars, from page 343:

The Pentagon also had concerns about Donilon. When criticism of Jones had reached a high-water mark the previous year, Gates had decided to publicly embrace him. "I think of Jim as the glue that holds this team together," Gates told The Washington Post's David Ignatius, whose "Jim Jones's Team" ran prominently on the op-ed page.


Gates did this in part, he told an aide, because he did not think Donilon would work out as Jones's successor. Gates felt that Donilon did not understand the military or treat its senior leadership with sufficient respect. The secretary later told Jones that Donilon would be a "disaster" as Obama's national security adviser.

That should be a fun first meeting in the situation room.

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