National security expert and author of the New York Times bestseller “Defeating Jihad: The winnable war” Sebastian L. Gorka tells “Whatever It Takes” host Curt Schilling despite America’s unparalleled military prowess, the U.S. has been losing the war against violent Islamists for the last 16 years.
“I wrote the book because I was angry,” said Gorka, who father was a post-World War II Hungarian patriot imprisoned by the Communists. After the 1956 uprising, Gorka’s father was freed and the family escaped to England, where the PhD was raised and educated before coming to America and becoming a citizen here.
Gorka said he was angry because he knows first-hand the quality of the American fighting man and his equipment, but the decisions made at the top chain of command have wasted the blood and treasure spent.
“We can defeat these guys–and you know what? It will have to be America that defeats groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda,” he said.
“If we don’t get it right, which has been the case for the last 16 years, it will be our children and our grandchildren, who will still be fighting these jihadis on far away battlefields 20 and 30 years from now,” he said.
When Schilling asked Gorka about his upbringing, the Hungarian said he was grateful for his father’s story, which is the first chapter of his new book, and for the opportunity to grow up during the age of President Ronald W. Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. These three leaders remain Gorka’s heroes.
The Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare at Washington’s the Institute of World Politics told Schilling he learned from Reagan and from his family’s own story that freedom is fragile and that tyranny is just one generation away.
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