By Sebastian Gorka
Yet this conflict is eminently winnable if we get rid of our ideological blinders, safely identify our enemy, and draw up a method to defeat him. So says Dr. Sebastian Gorka, probably the most skilled and sought-after professionals on counterterrorism. Our enemy isn't really "terror" or "violent extremism." Our enemy is the worldwide jihadi circulation, a contemporary totalitarian ideology rooted within the doctrines and martial background of Islam. Taking his cue from the previously top-secret analyses that formed the U.S. reaction to the communist hazard, Dr. Gorka has produced a compelling profile of the jihadi movement—its brain and motivation—and a plan to defeat it.
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As the Green Berets like to say, we should try to achieve America’s objectives “by, with, and through” the local friendly forces. And this is exactly what we did at the end of 2001 with just a handful of men in uniform on the ground. But after that fabulous initial success, the mission mutated, accelerated, and expanded in ways that would not be good for America or its citizens. Once the Taleban fell, it was decided that that wasn’t enough. ” Afghanistan would become home to tens of thousands of American and NATO and non-NATO troops, and the country would be molded into the shape of a modern country with a representative government and human rights for all.
Then the ground forces attacked Saddam’s forces inside Iraq. Eventually the Baathist regime fell, and Saddam went on the run. In their place we erected the Coalition Provisional Authority, an American government of occupation headed eventually by Paul Bremer, a friend of the president. And then, as in Afghanistan, Washington fell into the trap of monumental mission creep. S. interests, the powers that be defaulted once again to “nation building,” the goal being to turn Iraq into a modern country with a representative government allied to America.
This change of strategy would take Al Qaeda from the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan to Manhattan, Washington, Fort Hood, Boston, and beyond. S. invasion of Iraq, Al Qaeda saw another opportunity. Just as the mujahideen had fatally weakened the USSR with their “war of a thousand cuts” in Afghanistan in the 1980s, so they could turn post-Saddam Iraq into an inferno of sectarian violence, which would demand ever increasing military deployments by the United States. The Soviet Union was no more.