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Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War Hardcover – April 11, 2016
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RALPH PETERS, Fox News strategic analyst and author of Valley of the Shadow
Dr. Sebastian Gorka is one of the world’s leading experts in asymmetric warfare. In Defeating Jihad you get a glimpse of why his opinion matters in councils of war and in academia. He combines the perceptive with the analytic, the piercing intellect with the grit of real-world experience.”
STEPHEN K. BANNON, executive chairman of Breitbart News
America is at war, an unconventional war against a new totalitarian enemy. Sebastian Gorka understands this kind of war and the mind of our new enemy. This book provides America with a strategy to destroy ISIS or any group that follows the ideology of global jihad.”
LT. GEN. CHARLES T. CLEVELAND, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Commanding General of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, home of the Green Berets
For years Dr. Gorka has been telling the truth about the existential danger of jihadism. The threat is real and it is here in America. With ISIS even more danger- ous than Al Qaeda, it is time to listen to what this man has to say. Defeating Jihad must be the foundation of our next commander in chief’s plan to win this war.”
CONGRESSMAN TRENT FRANKS (R-Ariz.), member of the House Armed Services Committee
"This is a tremendous book!"
TRISH REAGAN, On Fox's The Intelligence Report
From the Inside Flap
Since September 11, 2001, America has been at war. And that’s about all anyone can say with certainty about a conflict that has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion. As long as the most basic strategic questionsWho is the enemy? Why are we fighting?remain unanswered, victory is impossible.
Yet this war is eminently winnable if we remove our ideological blinders and apply basic strategic principles. That means accu- rately naming the enemy, understanding his plan, and drawing up a strategy to defeat him. So says Dr. Sebastian Gorka, one of the most experienced and sought-after authorities on counterterrorism.
Our enemy is not terror” or violent extremism.” Our enemy is the global jihadi movement, a modern totalitarian ideology rooted in the doctrines and martial history of Islam. America has defeated totalitarian enemies before. Providing a desperately needed dose of clarity, Dr. Gorka shows how we can do it again.
He reveals how a toxic political agenda has corrupted our national security practices, precluding the kind of clear-eyed threat analysis and strategic response that led to victory in the Cold War. Bracing, troubling, but ultimately encouraging, Defeating Jihad fills that gap.
Taking his cue from the formerly top- secret analyses that shaped the U.S. response to the communist threat, Dr. Gorka has produced a compelling profile of the jihadi movementits mind and motivationand a plan to defeat it.
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I don't know if I agree that radical Islam is akin to the Communist threat but it is a starting point. I believe that with Communism we were dealing with a country and a government that wanted power more than an idea. Where radical Islam is an idea that has spread to the four corners of the earth thanks to our not taking it seriously. We seem to want to fight each other more than the people cutting off heads and burning people alive. Which speaks volumes about the health of our country.
I enjoyed the mentions of George Kennan and Paul Nittze's work on defeating the Soviet Union. We always hear Reagan did it. It's nice to see the architects mentioned instead of just the general contractor.
I liked the brief run down of the radical jihadi's who have made up this ideology. Mawdudi, Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah Azzam, SK MAlik, Bin LAden, and Zawahiri. Most Americans don't know who these people are. But you should if you want to understand the ideology we are up against.
As usual Dr. Gorka being a recent immigrant to this country and wanting to be part of it and not separate understands freedom and our founding documents better than people who have been here 200 years. It is why immigration and assimilation is so important. People should love the freedom and opportunity this country's founding documents give them and want to defend them with their blood.
In the end it will be the ideas of freedom and liberty that will defeat this hate and not counter-insurgency and bombs. Yes the pointy end of the spear needs to be bloodied but the main focus should be spreading sunlight to the festering idea of radical Islam. But we have to get our own house in order if we are to be successful.
I will also say that I have been looking into Islam and Jihad for a decade with focus and deliberation but I still learned a good deal about Islam that I had not known prior to reading Gorka's book.
West Point '68