For a lot of the folks who voted for Barack Obama, promoting "national security" means weaning ourselves from dirty fuel sources.
For the man Obama tapped as his national security advisor, James L. Jones, things aren't so clear cut, Robert Dreyfuss reports in The Nation.
Over the course of a long military career, James established himself as a paid-up member of the national security establishment. Before retiring from the Marines in 2007, he served as the commander of the U.S. European Command and also the supreme allied commander in Europe, i.e. leader of NATO.
What he did next will please few Grist readers, especially those who criticized the Bush administration for its ties to the oil industry: Not pausing to let the revolving door hit him on the ass on the way out, Jones immediately joined the boards of Chevron and Boeing, Dreyfuss reports. He also became president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy. The group's agenda makes dismal reading. To wit: