James Stavridis


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There are three parts to Jim Mattis's success thus far in working with the president. First is the built-in respect the president has for any four-star military officers, which is sincere. Second is the distance Secretary Mattis can generally keep by sticking to his knitting in the Pentagon – this is a case where absence at least helps the heart stay fond.feedback
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Sep 20 2017 Trump Presidency
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Jun 19 2017

The incident will become the basis for extensive scenario training by the Navy to try as much as we can to avoid the next such incident – [everything] from ship handling, to command and control, to technology and warning systems will be examined and improved. But the cost of losing those seven sailors will never be recovered, tragically. It is a heartbreaking day for the good ship Fitzgerald and her captain.feedback

Jun 19 2017

To understand 'how could this happen,' you need to think of that particular area of the sea as an eight-lane highway, at night, with ships moving at speed – but no traffic lanes. Any sudden, erratic move by another ship poses an extreme risk, with little time to react, exactly as if a car just ahead of you on the highway suddenly turned around. At night, it's hard to figure out the visual picture and correlate it with the radar images. The investigation will pull that apart with extreme diligence, and accountability will be swift and ruthless.feedback

May 16 2017 - Russia

Our allies will react very badly to this ... It's just going to continue to affect us going forward.feedback

May 15 2017 - NATO

The key here is its global nature. We've never seen something sweep across the planet at this speed. It's very worrisome. Let's hope that this one will burn itself out. We outta wake up to the real potential of a devastating attack in this way.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Nuclear weapons

Two things are coming together this weekend. One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula.feedback

Apr 07 2017

I don't think that [deploying nuclear weapons] is a good idea. I think that it will only inflame the view from Pyongyang. I don't see any upside to it because the idea that we would use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely. Decapitation is always a tempting strategy when you're faced with a highly unpredictable and highly dangerous leader. The question you have to ask yourself, is what happens the day after you decapitate? I think that in North Korea, it's an enormous unknown. Some combination of special forces with South Korea and cyber. It is absolutely appropriate.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It is simply too early to make a judgment about whether they will go too far and end up conducting impulsive operations, or whether they will manage to find the sweet spot between excessive caution but also following the idea that fortune so often favors the bold in military operations.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Nuclear weapons

If Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything. So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.feedback

Apr 03 2017

It does feel more dangerous – I'll give you three reasons. One is [Kim's] own precarious situation in command of the nation. Number two is the instability in South Korea. We've just seen the South Korean president indicted, arrested, and incarcerated.feedback

Apr 03 2017

And, number three, a new and more aggressive American foreign policy coming from Washington.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - NATO

Our credibility is shredding in front of us.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Iraq

The current plan to defeat the Islamic State is just like that old saying: Plan B is just, Try harder at Plan A. We have not come up with new ways of approaching this. I would say the president might want to send that report back to his team to take another hard look.feedback

Mar 05 2017

The idea that we would simply walk away from our allies … is a mistake. In the end, we are all stronger when we stand together.feedback

Feb 28 2017 - Yemen

Certainly the Obama administration, particularly by the end of its 8-year run, was very cautious in moving forward with any kind of military activity. A new administration I think naturally is going to be spring-loaded to move out and demonstrate something. When we look at evidently very little actual intelligence out, the loss of a high performance aircraft and above all the loss of a highly trained special forces member of SEAL Team 6, I think we need to understand why this mission, why now, what happened, and what the actual output was.feedback

Feb 21 2017

What I'm concerned about is what happens when Lt. Gen. McMaster is on a track that is in disagreement with other figures in the White House, notably [policy adviser] Steve Bannon? The essence of this brilliant scholar-warrior is that he will speak truth to power.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - NATO

One minute NATO is obsolete - the next minute he loves NATO. One minute NATO is an impediment and doesn't do anything for terrorism - the next minute NATO is the centerpiece of the global fight. Because of his personality: he's calm, he's centered, he's thoughtful, he's widely regarded with respect on both sides of the aisle in the United States.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - NSA

I think the relationships between the president-elect and the current leadership of the CIA, the NSA and indeed the director of national intelligence are irreparably broken at this point. So let's get a new director of national intelligence, let's get a new head of the CIA in place.feedback

Jan 12 2017

Let's have a clean slate of relationships and then we can have the president, after he's sworn in, take a new approach to the intelligence community. We've got to have that because otherwise we're going to have complete dysfunctionality in our national security.feedback

Dec 20 2016

I think declaring something an act of war, let's face it, is the ultimate red line.feedback

Dec 15 2016

They lashed out with a cyberattack against Sony Pictures, an American corporation, did tens of millions of dollars of kinetic damage to Sony as well as a great deal of reputational damage. So it's not just big nations coming at big nations, it's also small nations going at big nations.feedback

Dec 15 2016

That idea of interagency cooperation is key to protecting us in the cyber realm.feedback

Nov 18 2016 - NATO

Mitt Romney would be a move toward a more centrist foreign policy that I think would be helpful for the Trump administration in terms of reassuring global allies, partners and friends.feedback

Nov 18 2016 - Islam

I think he will play to the darker angels of this administration in terms of adopting very, very aggressive stance, very hard power, very anti-Islam.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - CIA

It's well known that there's great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - CIA

I would quote a Russian proverb, which is, Probe with bayonets. When you hit mush, proceed. When you hit steel withdraw.' I think unless we stand up to this kind of cyber attack from Russia, we'll only see more and more of it in the future.feedback

Oct 05 2016

The trend lines are very bad. We're not in a new Cold War, but we're edging close to one.feedback

Oct 05 2016

He is going to continue to maintain power, and part of doing that is demonstrating that he can thumb his nose at the West any time he wants to.feedback

Sep 06 2016

They appear to be lessening their demands for the ouster of Assad in deference to their new relationship with Russia.feedback

Sep 01 2016 - Turkey

In order to create a 'buffer zone,' Turkey would have to keep a significant force on the Syrian side of the border.feedback

Sep 01 2016 - Kurds

The fundamental Turkish red line is not Assad. It is against the formation of a Kurdish state.feedback

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