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Gorka's “Why We Fight” Shows American Backbone Past, Present and Future

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The history of man is invariably a history of warfare. From hand-to-hand combat and village against village culminating in vast empires and nation states launching the entire world into war…it is our human history. Why We Fight by Dr. Sebastian Gorka is an enthralling manifesto on both the motivations that cause war and the preparations the United States must make for war in an ever-changing world.

Gorka explains the need to be ever ready to face threats from those that would come against our civilization and rob us of our freedom. “The loss of liberty is always but one generation away.”

In his book he adeptly ties wisdom from the ancient masters of warfare with the needs of waging war in an electronic age. Whether it’s soldiers outnumbered and cutoff from support far from home or the drone war of the modern era, “the most important ingredient for victory is a will to win greater than your enemy’s.”

Gorka builds upon the classic The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and the masterpiece On War by Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz. Woven into an in-depth discussion of the reasons for war expanding upon the theory that war is simply an extension of politics driven by fear, greed, dispassionate logic, pride or outright ideological evil are stories of America’s place in it all. 

Why We Fight brings home the most brilliant thoughts on warfare and ties it inexplicably to America’s place in the world since our birth as a nation. After defeating the British Empire and founding our great nation, America was almost instantly pulled into a war abroad. Defeating America’s Enemies without Apologies is more than a tagline as the gripping story of early US Naval officer Stephen Decatur is told in all its glory.

Don’t know who Stephen Decatur is? Gorka will explain how he became one of America’s earliest heroes and launched the first ever Marine assault during the Barbary Pirates war and secured America’s place as a nation not to be trifled with. He is immortalized in the Marine Theme song by taking America’s war To the Shores of Tripoli. The US Marines have been taking America’s wars to the enemy ever since.

After a long history of war, America finds itself the sole super power of the world. Gorka does a brilliant, if not terrifying job of laying out a case as to why being a superpower may simply be not be enough to keep us safe. We are the readiest to defeat any other nation on the planet, but that may not be how war of the future plays out. This became clear as we were horrified as a nation to watch war come to our shores and kill 3000+ civilians in the 9/11 attacks.

The world fundamentally changed that day. A group with no nation, a few zealous soldiers, and a modest amount of money struck a hard blow to an unprepared nation.

If an enemy has no country how can we destroy them? If the enemy can recruit worldwide connected simply by social media, how do we know who to eliminate? In the years since 9/11 we took the battle to the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and wherever we found them, but have we learned what we need to learn to be ready for future warfare?

“We have not yet fundamentally reworked the architecture and culture of a national security establishment designed primarily to defeat the armies of other countries.” The lesson to be sure is that preparedness for the wars of the future are not simply measured in numbers of tanks, planes, and ships. Gorka reminds us that history may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

We have seen the terrorist groups marginalized and outright defeated, but the lessons learned from their unconventional tactics have not been lost on students of history. Gorka asks, “What have nations like Russia and China learnt about irregular warfare from our wars with al-Qaeda and ISIS? And how will they attack us when ready?” Great question. A skirmish now could always be a dress rehearsal for something worse later. 

Why We Fight will fill readers with pride and hope that we will rise to whatever attack comes by illuminating tales of American heroes some known, others obscure: General Chesty Puller the most decorated marine in American history, Captain Eugene McDaniel, a naval pilot shot down in Vietnam who spent six years in the Hanoi Hilton prison camp, Whittaker Chambers, a most interesting character, former spy, and American hero.

These men highlight the indomitable spirit we will need as Americans in the future. It will take great resolve to defeat our enemies as they evolve their methodology in efforts to kill, steal, and destroy a world dominated by a freedom loving country like America in hopes of replacing it with a totalitarian or theocratic dream based upon bankrupt philosophies.

Donald Trump won. Is America now safe? Yes, and very much no. Sebastian Gorka is a man who knows President Trump personally and has served him as a Deputy Assistant for Strategy. He has inside knowledge of the Trump presidency and the man himself. Gorka shares his unique insight as our current leader navigates our foes both foreign and domestic providing his take on the status of our leadership and readiness. 

We must be prepared to fight any nation state such as Russia or China with tanks, planes, and submarines but also be ready to take our mission wherever we may find the newest rulers of the Jihadist movement hellbent on our destruction.

As a bonus, you will also find out the “Real” reason Thomas Jefferson had a Koran, and it’s the furthest thing from the reason our media and liberals have attempted to spin.

Why We Fight is for anyone interested in learning more about America’s war history while at the same time enjoying illuminating opinion about what we should be doing to prepare for a future at war.

A.J. Rice is the CEO of Publius PR. In his media career he has produced or promoted Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Michael Savage, Monica Crowley, Pamela Gellar, Pastor Paula White, Coach Howard Schnellenberger, and many others. Find out more

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