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Adm. James Stavridis: Trump's Foreign Policy Speech Lacked Detail

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 12:46 PM

GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech on terrorism was a "where's the beef" type of address that lacked details on how the plans for international cooperation would work, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis said Tuesday.

"He made a reasonable stab at, 'Hey, we ought to try to take some international action,'" the retired four-star admiral told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "He kind of said, 'Good dog, NATO.'"

The thing is, though, Stavridis said, NATO has already had a counterterrorism division "forever."

Trump's speech lacked detail how the agencies of the government would work together, Stavridis continued, on how to use intelligence, or private and public communications.

"The only strategic communication I heard was 'I hate Muslims,'" Stavridis said. "That's not going to help us much in the Muslim world."

Trump also spoke about the relationships he would establish with Russia, specifically when it comes to fighting ISIS, and Stavridis said there is a "fundamental problem" with that plan, and "it's name is Assad," referring to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

"The Russians are backing him," Stavridis said. "He is a terrible dictator who is killing 400,000 of his people in a civil war. He uses chemical weapons. He uses torture. He violates international law on kind of an hourly basis.

"So if the Russians are going to be backing him, it's going to be very difficult to find a continuum with Russians that can actually go after the Islamic State very effectively."

There are probably some "practical things" that can be done, Stavridis said, but "it's going to be difficult to find common ground. Overlying all of it is the continuing occupation of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. It's a tough bucket of problems to solve with Russia. I don't think we're going to wave it away with a few sentences and a speech."

Graeme Wood, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, was also on the program, and he commented on the possibility of ISIS becoming less of a caliphate and more of a terrorist group, saying the group still has a couple of ways to pivot, including into Saudi Arabia, where it has "significant support."

"They hope it will create a tipping point where there will be enough chaos, where they can establish something for real of the third thing they are doing, looking for places where there's already enough chaos, where no one is governing the place," Wood said.

If the ISIS caliphate is destroyed in Syria and northern Iraq, that would be "initially a good thing," but there is still the civil war in play.

"Job one is really getting rid of the Islamic State because of all the things Graeme talked about, its pivot," Stavridis said.

"Syria for a long time is going to be a complete mess," Wood said. "The best case scenario right now is that Syria for years to come will be radically decentralized."

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