Get Ready for Donilon

Tom Donilon profiling is well under way. The new national security adviser will take over for James Jones next week and will bring years of experience inside the political machine with him. Jones was often criticized for not quite fitting in, a military man unaccustomed to the way things operate in the Obama administration. Donilon, the current deputy national security adviser, was involved with politics early on in his career, acting as a delegate hunter during two presidential campaigns in the 1980s. In 1993, he got to cut his national-security teeth as chief of staff for the secretary of state in the Clinton administration. Second time's a charm? 

Washington has been busy apologizing to Pakistan again for the deaths last month of two Pakistani border guards. The crew of a U.S. helicopter mistook them for insurgents. Sitting down with Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the deaths were “unintentional.” Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen were meeting with Kayani today to talk about how to improve joint military efforts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The administration is planning to increase its military support for the Pakistani army to help spur the counterinsurgency effort.