During an interview on CNN on Monday, retired Adm. James Stavridis told host Jake Tapper that America was “safer” before Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani was killed last week by a U.S. drone strike, warning that a disturbing threat to America will likely increment because the Trump administration is too chaotic to carefully plan a strategy.
“This is a tactical move that takes a very dangerous chess piece off of the board — but we need a strategy like you do in a chess match … to think about the longer term. How can we leverage the fact that Soleimani is gone and what are our next moves?” he said. America needs to “get better at launching ideas; we’re really good at launching missiles.”
Stavridis said he doesn’t believe the Trump administration is strategic due to the “turmoil and the change” of people, and the loss of strategic thinkers.
“We are on the fourth national security adviser, our second CIA, our second State Department in the course of three years. So there’s been no time to develop strategy and think,” he said.
The admiral said former national security adviser H.R. McMaster created a “pretty good” strategic document while he held his job. But, “from all I can see, that is not the course that this ship is being steered on,” Stavridis said.
Robert O’Brien, the current national security adviser, was appointed in September.
Check out the video below, via CNN.