Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

June 29, 2016 12:00 ET
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 questions -- Who is the enemy? What 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. 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,

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 questions -- Who is the enemy? What 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.

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: The Winnable War 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 movement -- its mind and motivation -- and a plan to defeat it. Join the Family Research Council and Dr. Sebastian Gorka as he comes to speak on his important and timely book.

Sebastian Gorka, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on strategy, counterterrorism, and national security, holds the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group based in McLean, VA. Dr. Gorka is a regular lecturer for the U.S. Special Operations Command, the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, and the Green Berets, and has briefed the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and Special Warfare, the official publication of U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation, awarded by U.S. Special Operation Command. Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest.

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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 questions -- Who is the enemy? What 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.

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: The Winnable War 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 movement -- its mind and motivation -- and a plan to defeat it. Join the Family Research Council and Dr. Sebastian Gorka as he comes to speak on his important and timely book.

Sebastian Gorka, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on strategy, counterterrorism, and national security, holds the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group based in McLean, VA. Dr. Gorka is a regular lecturer for the U.S. Special Operations Command, the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, and the Green Berets, and has briefed the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and Special Warfare, the official publication of U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation, awarded by U.S. Special Operation Command. Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest.

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