BOOKS RECEIVED: Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies @SebGorka

I am happy to report that a fresh new copy of Sebastian Gorka’s new book has arrived. I look forward to delving into it. His previous book was a sobering and realistic education.

Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies


And… it’s inscribed!

If you have not already obtained and read it, I warmly recommend

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War by Sebastian Gorka.


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  1. acardnal says:

    Wow! Very cool

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    There is only one thing in the temporal world that makes me believe it’s winnable. One.
    Donald J. Trump.

  3. Facta Non Verba says:

    I look forward to reading this one. I always enjoy listening to Sebastian Gorka on Fox, and especially when he takes on the lefties on CNN.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    acardnal said it and said it well. I’ll have to content myself with: Mighty fine book and inscription.

    Kathleen10: Good point. Winning a war requires imposing one’s will on the enemy. A winning mindset must begin at the top with the Commander in Chief.

    Jimmy Carter: “…an inordinate fear of Communism…”

    Ronald Reagan: “We win. They lose.”

    To be fair to Carter, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan he began moving toward the anti-Communist position.

    Obama: “…they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them…” Also: ISIS is the “junior varsity.” Then 2014 happened, with an ISIS offensive in Iraq that, among other things, massacred many thousands of Christians and enslaved many thousands of women and girls. Obama’s response to this was tepid.

    Trump: “We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there.”

    The public remarks of Reagan and Trump set a certain tone. One can disagree with the tone but the remarks have a purpose and an effect. Briefly, in meetings, memoranda, and various documents the Commander in Chief’s Intent is refined and stated. Then there is the Planning Guidance, followed by Operational Plans.

    In the middle of all this activity are the Courses of Action. COAs are presented to the President as options ranging from “nuke ’em ’til they glow” to “perhaps a photo op and state dinner will do nicely here.” COAs are also roughly depicted in the movies when Morgan Freeman pounds his fist on the Oval Office desk and shouts at his generals, admirals, diplomats, and spymasters: “Dammit! I want options!” One last item. If you have a slow, rainy afternoon take a look at JOPES. (On the internet, Joint Publication 5-03.1 “Joint Operational Planning and Execution System.” I don’t understand all of that, only the planning wizards do.)

    Gorka’s book is not really concerned with the details of JOPES. His concern has more to do with accurately seeing the big picture, setting the proper tone, and providing specific examples. Sometimes, as history has shown, that tone needs to be rather tough.

    Sure, Gorka can be a bit abrasive at times. However, his analysis is far more useful than that of the soy-infused and kale-dazed libs and socialists. [Bazinga!] In their frustration at being largely irrelevant when a Reagan or Trump is in office, those folks prance off to the TV studios, lecture halls, social media, and the pages of “prestigious foreign affairs journals” to sniff haughtily at Reagan’s “simplicity” or to wring their Kleenex-clutching hands at Trump’s “chest-pounding machismo.”

    Well now, they have that First Amendment right to do so.

    Facta Non Verba: Speaking of Fox News here’s their blurb on Gorka’s book (Fox News ain’t perfect, but I reference them on our genial host’s blog every now and then to own the Libs):

    “In this powerful manifesto, Dr. Gorka explains the basic principles that have guided strategists since Sun Tzu penned The Art of War in the sixth century B.C. To defeat your enemy, you must know him. But that’s the last thing liberal elites are interested in. Willful ignorance about our adversary—whether it’s Russia, China, or the global jihadi movement—has been crippling. Tearing off America’s politically correct blindfold, Dr. Gorka clarifies who our foes are and what makes them tick.

    “An eight-year vacation from geopolitical reality under Obama left our country dangerously weakened. Dr. Gorka addresses the pressing questions we face as we rebuild under President Trump’s leadership:

    – What are the most serious threats to American security?
    – How are they different from the threats of the past?
    – What can we do to counter these threats?
    – How can we achieve the “perfect victory” of vanquishing our enemies without mortal combat?

    “All the money and weapons in the world cannot substitute for the will to fight for our precious country and what she represents. To remind us of what the will to win looks like, Dr. Gorka intersperses the stories of four American heroes—Stephen Decatur, Chesty Puller [SG here: Excellent], “Red” McDaniel, and a warrior who never took up arms, Whittaker Chambers— men who believed in their country and put everything on the line for her.”

    One last note. I’m told that the first one-star Amazon review of Gorka’s book appeared less than 24 hours after publication. In fact, the one-star reviews also appear to be mainly one-word reviews. Well then, it looks to me like Gorka’s book is on the right track.

    One negative reviewer squawked something about Gorka being “unqualified.” Huh. Two minutes on Wikipedia reveals a background in intelligence, counter-terrorism, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and the Marine Corps University at Quantico. One can disagree with Gorka all they want but that does not make Gorka “unqualified” to write a book on this subject. Perhaps what these one-star reviewers really object to is his manly approach to dealing with barbaric behavior.

    On the other hand, Gorka’s Wikipedia entry is about 50% disinformation- most of the quotes by “eminent experts in the field” against Gorka are real howlers. So might as well skip Wikipedia and instead spend time with Gorka’s book to see what he has to say.

    Pius V had a winning mindset before Lepanto and asked all to pray the Rosary to ensure victory.

    [“soy-infused and kale-dazed libs”…. yessssss.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

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