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James Jones on Pakistan: ‘Hope is not a Strategy’

US President Barack Obama is losing yet another advisor: National Security Advisor James Jones is resigning. Shortly before the announcement, SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to Jones about the war on terror and the delicate state of the US relationship with Pakistan.

For 40 years, James L. Jones served in the military before he hung up his uniform and became national security advisor in Washington. But in the future, United States President Barack Obama will have to do without his expert advice — Jones plans to step down, a high-ranking colleague in the US government said on Friday.

The official said that Obama is expected to announce Jones’ resignation on Friday. The exact date of his departure hasn’t been set, but it could happen before the end of the year. His successor is expected to he his current deputy security advisor, Thomas E. Donilon.

The government official did not state the reason for Jones’ departure, but there has long been speculation in the capital about the move. It has been said that Jones was unhappy that he had not been included as part of the innermost leadership circle within the White House.

In recent days, several senior Obama advisers have resigned, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, top economic adviser Lawrence Summers and chief strategist David Axelrod.

In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE shortly before the development, Jones provided a progress report on the war on terror and explained the next important steps in America’s strategy. As the breeding ground of international terror, Pakistan will play a pivotal role in that strategy. And if Pakistan wants to remain a long-term partner to the US, Jones said, it will have to make a greater effort in the fight against terror.

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