Sebastian Gorka Resigns From White House Post

Tyler Durden's picture

A week after the White House pushed out former chief strategist Steve Bannon, the Trump administration has lost another controversial staffer. The departee this week is Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president and former Breitbart employee who was closely allied with the White House’s rapidly shrinking anti-globalist faction. News of Gorka’s resignation was first reported by the Federalist, and later confirmed by Axios and a host of other news outlets.

As with Bannon’s ouster last week, the storyline of who said what when has gotten muddled: Gorka claimed he resigned, while the White House insinuated that he was pushed out.

News of Gorka’s ouster broke shortly after Trump announced that he would be pardoning sheriff Joe Arpaio, a decision that was widely expected after Trump hinted that he “wouldn’t do it tonight” at a rally in Phoenix earlier this week. It also comes as Hurricane Harvey, which has been upgraded to a category four hurricane, is threatening to lay waste to the southwest.

In a copy of Gorka’s bluntly worded resignation, which he leaked to the Federalist, the former staffer “expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration.”

“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

In the letter, Gorka blamed the president's failure to outline a plan for exiting Afghanistan after “16 years of disastrous policy decisions" for being the final straw. He also criticized the president and his military advisers for omitting any mention of Radical Islam from the president's statement on Afghanistan, delivered earlier this week.

“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week…

 

“The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…

 

“Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.”

Echoing comments made by Bannon following his ouster last week, Gorka reportedly told the president that he could better serve his America First agenda from the outside: "[I]t is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House..."

That's probably not far from the truth. As Axios points out, Gorka, a self styled national security and counterterrorism expert, was best known for his fiery television appearances, his only real contribution to the administration, and the quality that initially endeared him to the president. Gorka can easily keep up his TV schedule from outside of the West Wing. Gorka was widely reviled by Trump opponents because of his reputed affiliation with Hungarian nationalist group Vitezi Rend.  

According to Axios, Gorka's resignation is a sign that Chief of Staff John Kelly is tightening control of the White House's sprawling, unaccountable fiefdoms.

The White House communications department confirmed that Gorka was no longer employed at the White House, but wouldn't comment on whether he was fired or left voluntarily, according to ABC.

"I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” the official said.

His ouster brings the number of officials who have been fired or otherwise departed the Trump administration to 14:

Finally, with the ouster of Bannon, the list of high-ranking personnel fired by Trump rises to 14. They are:

Sally Yates
Michael Flynn
Katie Walsh
Preet Bharara
James Comey
Michael Dubke
Walter Shaub
Mark Corralo
Sean Spicer
Micheal Short
Reince Priebus
Anthony Scaramucci
Steve Bannon
Sebastian Gorka

Maybe Trump will start putting weekly firings on the White House calendar?
 

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Keyser's picture

As Bannon so aptly put, the Trump presidency that the people voted for is now over... Isolated in the oval office being spoon-fed shit by Kelly is no way to change the system or drain the swamp... Enjoy the shit show folks, it's only going to get worse from here... 

LindseyNarratesWordress's picture

Mr. Keyser, I am, honestly-to-God, so upset at this fucking bullshit, that I really do not have much more to add, than what several dozen other posters have already said--this is NOT!!! the man I supported, from literally Day 1, when he and his plastic-faced-wife descended down that escalator, and VOTED-FOR, in the election.

 

I am seeing more and more evidence that we have all been hoodwinked, and President Trump, WHO HAS A LITERALLY GENIUIS-LEVEL IQ, can not, POSSIBLY, be this fucking "stupid", and that means that he is KNOWINGLY-ALLOWING America-firsters, and TRUE patriots in his Cabinet, to leave.

 

This is absolute bullshit, and that is that.

 

I am going back to bed, and when I awaken, I HOPE that this is all a bad dream...

 

Lindsey

 

NB:  NO, I am NOT finished saying what I NEED to say...

..."In the letter, Gorka blamed the president's failure to outline a plan for exiting Afghanistan after “16 years of disastrous policy decisions" for being the final straw. He also criticized the president and his military advisers for omitting any mention of Radical Islam from the president's statement on Afghanistan, delivered earlier this week."...

THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is PRECISELY what pissed-us-all-off, TOO, and made a lot of people, especially, here, at Mr. Durden's site, no longer able to support President Trump, because his "NEW" Afghanistan "policy" is a 180-degree departure from his stance, up-to-that-point, ESPECIALLY WHILE HE WAS A CANDIDATE, SAYING THAT HE WILL REMOVE OUR TROOPS FROM THESE DISASTEROUS, AND ILLEGAL, WARS!!!!!!!!!!!

macholatte's picture

 

SILENCE THE OPPOSITION

How is it that David Brock sleeps so well and has not a second thought for his personal safety?

Silencing ALL opposition voices: Inside The Media Matters Playbook
https://mediaequalizer.com/jeff-reynolds/2017/08/silencing-all-oppositio...

 

 

NoDebt's picture

If voting mattered it would be illegal.

 

wren's picture

Lobbied his stance, supported him, voted for him. He's either a pussy or a globalist. Accomplishments we should add to the list, and feel free to respond to me and add more:

Continued to put American soldiers at risk protecting the PetroDollar to keep the world enslaved.

Fired or let the only non-globalist staff resign.

Welcome the banking cartel into his ranks.

Failed to repeal ObamaCare.

Failed to simplify taxes.

Failed to build the wall. No way it will be built before he is thrown out of the White House as he is a one term president.

Failed to audit the Fed.

He either failed us or he is a liar. I don't care which. Either will keep me from voting for him next election.

evoila's picture

If people really wanted to take a stand, they would come together and refuse to pay their taxes. You want change? Then starve the machine of its fuel. That will bring about change when they don't have enough people to pay to enforce collection of taxes, becuase the default risk of the US shoots to the moon.

DWD-MOVIE's picture

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bamawatson's picture

i don't make a dime; am sad to see the swamp suffocating all efforts at cleansing; https://vid.me/0PDy

N57Mike's picture

I too, used to believe you could "starve the beast"  .... but QE, market manipulation on all fronts and fiat printing have nullified that outcome (until the dollar dies). I also used to think the "bond vigilantes" would reign in the runaway government spending, but they too have been castrated. 

For years I read Todd Harrison of Minyanville and after the crash about 9 years ago, he boiled it all down to the conccept that we were either going to die of a car crash or by cancer ... and TPTB chose cancer (to protect their assets, socialize the losses & unpayable debt, and give time to position themselves in the interim) .... "après moi, le deluge". 

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Those are solutions. Or if everybody did now show to work for one week, things would change fast. Even MLKs proposed poor people's march on D.C. scared the establishment back in '68.

Problem is there is no common cause... we are divided and the powers to be keep it that way.

urhotdogs's picture

We have a huge army out there but badly need a George Washington.  Problem is when a potential Washington comes along, the army is too fussy to support that individual.  We need a citizens' march/descent on Washington DC to show them what a real government shutdown looks like.  Busses, trucks, RVs, cars and people clogging the streets should do it.  A lot of people talk but I question whether they are really concerned enough to participate in shutting down the government.  The Tea Party did a pretty good job organizing early on - we need a similar movement to orchestrate such an event.  Ammo or not paying your taxes not needed.  Demand resignation of McConnell, Ryan, Schumer and Pelosi.

swmnguy's picture

Things aren't bad enough in the US for a mass movement.  They're worse for black people, which is why BLM has taken on such stature.  But for the middle class, while we're being squeezed out of existence, we aren't living in cardboard boxes under bridges.

TPTB know this.  If they were at all worried about the angry rhetoric from the Right, they'd be coming up with assistance programs for 20-40 year-old white males who see they aren't going to achieve the income levels their parents did.  Rulers can't ever keep their power when anyone has too little to lose.  This is why EBT and SNAP are digital, direct-deposit.  If everyone had to go down to an office to pick up their money, they'd notice how many of they are.  As long as they stay in their Section 8 hellholes onliine, or watching cable TV, they're isolated from each other.

The raw numbers of who turns out on which side at these Right-wing protests tells TPTB they have nothing to fear from that sector.  Those on the Right have far too much to lose to make serious trouble, yet.

Kina's picture

The homeless in the USA are now including the former white middle class who got caught with loans and no jobs, not to mention a greater number of lower class white families.  If you are lucky you have a car to sleep in.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You are entirely correct. I have no idea wtf the poster above is talking about. Most middle class families are one paycheck from total disaster.

lew1024's picture

Absolutely YES!!!

If we cannot change the direction of the administration AND congress, the next step is shooting revolution.  That is very bad for everyone, we will all become very poor, as the destructive potential on all sides is 10X Aleppo.

We need to replace every congressman with a non-lawyer, an average farmer, small businessman, ... 

We need to start a Randomly Honest section of every party which randomly selects candidates and votes for them, no matter how unlikely.  Those are far less likely to be corrupt.  Do that every election, local through Federal, we could replace enough of the political power structure to change the direction of the country.

Selecting politicians for their ability to lie has not worked. Voting for the good words selects for the liars. Sortition worked for the Greeks, time to give it a chance.

johngaltfla's picture

Conway will be next followed by Miller.

Glad to see the House of Saud and Bushites along with the Clintonistas still have that much power.

Heil Mecca!

Handful of Dust's picture

I guess one of the few remaining plusses is that he is still better then crooked Hillary who would be forcing us to pay a 'reparation tax" already and installing BLM in the wh.

lil dirtball's picture

Keep lying to yourself.

There's only one way to fix this shit - and it doesn't entail online conversations about how to support it.

Withdraw support. General strike. All red-blooded (as opposed to blue) Americans. Stay home. Cook some good food. Reacquaint yourself with your family. Fix the house.

In a matter of days/weeks, someone will be on the TV begging folks to return to work, shopping, driving ... all the things that make (((them))) m0ney.

helloimjohnnycat's picture

If you lived in my second home, you'd be FORD-ing that MF'er alright, alright ! Yes you would.

Fortunately, that's my other place, so many of us middle-classers aren't so GD broke.

I will grant ya'll, they're slowly doing us over the rusting taligates, and I've been preaching for over 20 years to starve the system to skeletal remains.

If only fatt-fuck Americans were disciplined and could go for a fast 90 days with ...........

No drinking, no ciggies, no dopin' the troubles away ( like doin' dope isn't the cause. lmao ! ), no sports, no hollywood BS movies all about joos & their well-funded sufferins, & certainly no teevee at all. Teevee is nothing but the joos' cultural approbations promoting faggots with shit on their diseased peckers, negroes as magic genius mofos who gets all da' white wimmins, and white men as retarded & neutered wimps. Added to the list of don'ts is NEVER EVER fly another foot until the crotch-fondling Homeland Security apparatus is disbanded, and all such nazi uniforms are burned along with the so-called Patriot Act.

The fucking kosher zhids pulled 9-11 and everybody here knows it.

War-War-War and dollar debasement with ZIRP is nothing but kikes enslaving all Americans.

People all over wonder how such a small percentage of one group can rule over millions.

Well, they have and they do.

Now, look around & do the math. How many ugly jew males are tough enough to do anything to a reasonably fit Gentile MAN ?  Answer is : maybe 1 out of 20, if that many. The joo-sluts like DS-W can screech us into a coma and ugly us into convolutions, but I'm talking hombre to hombre combat.

Nevertheless, no fisticuffs or bloodshed is needed !  Strave the filthy perverted zio-hebes of the cash-flow and watch the change.

 

 

 

lil dirtball's picture

> People all over wonder how such a small percentage of one group can rule over millions.

"By way of deception thou shalt do war."

Deception, secrecy and nepotism ... that's how.

A thousand year old recipe:

http://mileswmathis.com/phillip.pdf

bigkahuna's picture

I agree on some level with your sentiment - but I must disagree, at least with shill we know what we had. She would have outright made an attempt to enslave us all. With trump - he is going to keep up his bluster and at least 20-30 percent of people are not going to know what hit them.

With shill, we all know what she is and she will do. We can all pinpoint a cause with shill. With trump - we still have people who are fooled. By now with shill - we would have had a substantative movement to free ourselves from the dc shackles. As we are now - the only movement is from cali - a bunch of mental flatlining communists. If shill were elected, the cali flatliners would ravenously accept any slavery that shill doled out to them.

We are multiple levels of screwed up with trump right now - due to his utter inabilty to lead through hard times, he fired Flynn, Bannon and hired in the swamp on all occasions. Just think of one of his campaign slogans "Drain The Swamp!" and you will know that we've really been had - and IMO that is much worse than a straight up fight with shill and her flat liners. -ergo -- shill would have been better

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Or...he's just outnumbered.

Flatchestynerdette's picture

Why Gorka left:

A book on terrorism endorsed and touted by H.R. McMaster, the embattled White House National Security Adviser, calls on the U.S. military to respond to any “desecrations” of the Quran by service members with an apology ceremony, and advocates kissing a new copy of the Quran before presenting the Islamic text to the local Muslim public.

The book’s author further demanded that any American soldier who “desecrates” the Quran be ejected from the foreign country of deployment, relieved of duty and turned over to a military judge for “punishment.”

“Desecration” of the Quran, according to the McMaster-endorsed book, includes such acts as “letting the Quran fall to the ground during a search, or more blatant instances.”

The book, reviewed in full by this reporter, was authored by U.S. military officer Youssef H. Aboul-Enein and is titled Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat.

McMaster provided a glowing blurb for the book jacket, referring to Aboul-Enein’s book as “an excellent starting point” for understanding terrorist ideology.

McMaster also promoted the book in ARMOR, the journal of the U.S. Army’s Armor Branch, published at Fort Benning, Georgia, where McMaster served as commanding general at the Ft. Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence.

McMaster wrote in his blurb for the book: “Militant Islamist Ideology deserves a wide readership among all those concerned with the problem of transnational terrorism, their ideology, and our efforts to combat those organizations that pose a serious threat to current and future generations of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”

In the blurb, McMaster revealed his own views on terrorism, claiming that “terrorist organizations use a narrow and irreligious ideology to recruit undereducated and disenfranchised people to their cause.”

Aboul-Enein is listed as a senior adviser and analyst at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism at the Defense Intelligence Agency, a position that he also held under the Obama administration. He is an officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps and Middle East Foreign Officer, and an adjunct military professor and chair of Islamic studies at the National Defense University.

Besides endorsing Militant Islamist Ideology, McMaster also wrote a forward for another Aboul-Enein book, this one titled Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi, From the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal.

Quran ‘Desecration’

In the book, Aboul-Enein warned that “incidents of desecrating the Quran, such as letting the Quran fall to the ground during a search, or more blatant instances, allow our adversary to capitalize on outrage and to score points in the arena of public opinion.”

Any such “desecration” of the Quran, the author wrote, “would be considered an offense not only by Militant Islamists but by Islamists and wider Muslim community as well.”

Aboul-Enein recommended that “desecrations” of the Quran should be “quickly acknowledged, with unconditional apologies and reassurances to the public that the accused do not represent the United States or its military, that they have been ejected from the country and referred to their service’s judge advocate general for punishment.”

Besides ejecting the service member from the country of deployment and turning the soldier over to a judge for “punishment,” Aboul-Enein pointed to a May 2008 incident in which a U.S. Army sniper reportedly used the Quran for target practice. He upheld the response by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, as forming, in Aboul-Enein’s opinion, the minimal official U.S. military reaction to such desecrations.

The response included an “apology ceremony” at which a U.S. official kissed a copy of the Quran before presenting the text to the local community as a “humble gift.”

Aboul-Enein writes that Hammond took the following steps, “which in my opinion formed the basis by which American officials and Iraqi tribal leaders fighting al-Qaida can at least alleviate the emotionalism of such an event”:

  • Hammond held “an apology ceremony, not a press conference, and he issued this statement, flanked by Iraqi Sunni leaders of the Radwaniyah District, where the incident had happened: ‘I come before you here seeking your forgiveness, in the most humble manner I look in your eyes today, and I say please forgive me and my soldiers.’”
  • A U.S. official “kissed a new copy of the Quran and ceremoniously presented it to the tribal leaders.”
  • Hammond read the following letter from the shooter: “I sincerely hope that my actions have not diminished the partnership that our two nations have developed together. … My actions were shortsighted, very reckless and irresponsible, but in my heart [the actions] were not malicious.”
  • The offending sniper was “relieved of duty and reassigned.”
  • Hammond himself commented, “The actions of one soldier were nothing more than criminal behavior. … I’ve come to this land to protect you, to support you—not to harm you—and the behavior of this soldier was nothing short of wrong and unacceptable.”

The section on Quran “desecration” is not the only controversial part of the book. Breitbart News reported last week that Aboul-Enein’s book also calls Hamas an “Islamist political group” while failing to categorize the deadly organization as a terrorist group, and refers to al-Qaida attacks and anti-Israel terrorism as “resistance.”

The work frames jihad as a largely peaceful “means to struggle or exert effort,” such as waking up early in the morning to recite prayers. It argues that groups like al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have hijacked the concept of jihad to wage war using such tactics as suicide bombings.

Hamas an ‘Islamist Political Group’

Throughout the McMaster-endorsed Militant Islamist Ideology book, Aboul-Enein struggles to properly categorize Hamas; but at no point does he call Gaza’s murderous Islamist rulers a terrorist organization.

Hamas is a terrorist group responsible for scores of deadly suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians. Hamas’s official charter calls for the obliteration of the Jewish state, and proclaims that there is “no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.” Hamas leaders routinely demand the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.

Yet Aboul-Enein struggles to properly classify Hamas. At one point, Aboul-Enein differentiates between “militant Islamists” and Hamas, grouping the latter among “Islamist political groups.”

In the book’s introduction, he writes:

Militant Islamists alienate not only the United States but even Islamist political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. It is time for a more nuanced definition of the threat.

At another point, the author calls Hamas an “Islamist” group. He writes (page 131): “For instance, Zawahiri condemns Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas for participating in the electoral process.”

Despite its clear terrorist activities, Aboul-Enein suggests (page 2) that Hamas does not “fit into a neat category.” He asks an open question about whether Hamas “is an Islamist or Militant Islamist group,” but he does not provide an answer.

He writes (page 3):

There are also Islamists who do not fit into a neat category, such as the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. On one hand, Hamas provides social services, won 44 percent of the electorate in 2006, and is the government of the Palestinian territories. On the other hand, it has failed to compromise effectively with other Palestinian rejectionist and secular groups to form a governing coalition, and it has failed to provide social services for a wider Palestinian populace. In addition, it has conducted suicide operations directed against Israeli civilians – though it has not widened its campaign beyond targeting Israel. Further, al-Qaida senior leaders have viciously attacked Hamas for participating in electoral politics. The question for Americans is whether Hamas is an Islamist or Militant Islamist group.

Aboul-Enein fails to note that the U.S. government already answered that so-called question, designating Hamas as a foreign terrorist group.

In another section of the book, Aboul-Enein defines (page 193) Hamas as straddling “the Islamist and Militant Islamist divide, using its proficiency in suicide-bomber operations to strike at Israeli targets, yet it is currently in government.” He also writes (page 215) that Hamas “is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant organization and political party.”

Al-Qaida, Palestinian ‘Resistance’

In the book, Aboul-Enein refers to the deadly terrorism of al-Qaida in Iraq as “resistance.” Besides its worldwide mayhem, Al-Qaida has been responsible for countless terrorist attacks across Iraq that have targeted civilians, U.S. troops and Iraqi government institutions.

Aboul-Enein relates a struggle between the goals of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) and those of the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) in terms of “resistance” locally versus a global fight against the West.

Aboul-Enein writes (page 101):

In post-Saddam Iraq, among the Sunni insurgency there are other stressors that undermine al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), such as the tensions between the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) and al-Qaida in Iraq. The IAI struggles with AQI over the concept of this fight being for Iraq’s Sunnis and not a wider pan-Islamist struggle; the IAI has narrower objectives than AQI. It is a tension between Jihad as muqawama (resistance) and Jihad for a wider pan-Islamist objective.

He refers to support for “resistance” against the U.S. presence in Iraq. He does so when documenting the rise of Muslim Brotherhood political parties and public criticism of an al-Qaida hotel bombing in 2005 in Amman, Jordan.

He writes (page 46):

This has split the Muslim Brotherhood, as there is deep hostility toward the U.S. presence in Iraq, support for muqawama (resistance) and for the Muslim Brotherhood concept of wasatiyah (moderation), and recognition of the need for grassroots representation of the Ahl-al-Sunnah (formal term for Sunni Muslims).

Aboul-Enein also categorizes deadly terrorist raids on Jewish settlements in the 1930s as “resistance,” even though those operations targeted and killed civilians.

He states: (page 138)

No study of Militant Islamist ideologues and the cleavages between Militant Islamist and Islamist groups can be complete without delving into the life, actions, theories, and legacy of Abdullah Azzam. Militant Islamist operatives take the nom de guerre “Abu Azzam” in his honor. A witness to increased Jewish immigration into Palestine in World War II, Azzam was reared on the stories of resistance by the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade, which led guerrilla raids against the British and then Jewish settlers.

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is currently the namesake of Hamas’s so-called military wing. Aboul-Enein was referring to deadly attacks carried out by the original Brigade, founded around 1930 by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, a Syrian Muslim cleric who popularized the concept of jihad against Jews during the British civil administration of Palestine.

“Islamist” vs. “Militant Islamist”

The core of Aboul-Enein’s endeavor, and one that may help to elucidate McMaster’s views, is to differentiate between what he terms “Islamist” and “Militant Islamist,” and to show that “militant Islamists” present a distorted, dishonest view of Islam. The thesis might clarify McMaster’s aversion to using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

In seeking to differentiate between “Islam,” “Islamist,” and “Militant Islamist,” Aboul-Enein comes up with the following basic definitions:

  • Islam is “the religious faith of Muslims, involving (as defined in Merriam-Webster’s) belief in Allah as the sole deity and in Muhammad as his prophet.”
  • He defines Islamist as “a group or individual advocating Islam as a political as well as a religious system. Chief Islamist objectives include implementing sharia (Islamic) law as the basis of all statutory issues and living as did the earliest adherents to Islam. Many Islamists also assert that implementation of sharia law requires the elimination of all non-Islamic influences in social, political, economic, and military spheres of life.”
  • Militant Islamists, Aboul-Enein claims, consist of a “group or individual advocating Islamist ideological goals, principally by violent means. Militant Islamists call for the strictest possible interpretation of both the Quran (Muslim book of divine revelation) and the hadith (the Prophet Muhammad’s actions and deeds). This narrow interpretation opposes the beliefs of Muslims and non-Muslims alike; Militant Islamists stand against Western democracies, Middle Eastern institutions of government, and Islamist political parties that participate nonviolently in elections.”

Defining Jihad

Aboul-Enein frames jihad as a largely peaceful “means to struggle or exert effort,” a term that has been hijacked by “militant Islamists” to wage extremist warfare.

Aboul-Enein posits, for example, that jihad “can be as simple as struggling to get up in the early morning to say your dawn prayers or struggling to learn and improve yourself spiritually or intellectually. It also can mean struggling in the path of God, which does not necessarily mean engaging in warfare but might be making time to teach Islam to children or providing financial support for an Islamic project.”

Jihad, in other words, is a struggle to fulfill one’s obligations to Allah, according to the author.

Islamists, he states, define jihad as a “means to expend every effort fighting against the disbelievers.” However, Aboul-Enein attempts to cloak this violent struggle in the shroud of morality.

He writes (page 34): “Islamists delineate who can fight and when; unlike Militant Islamists, they generally set rules and limits for engaging in fighting in the name of God. … It makes Jihad obligatory upon all Muslims only if the enemy has entered Muslim lands and if the imam calls for Jihad.”

Some Islamists, he relates, “prescribe a protocol of warfare in which a noble Muslim warrior should be free of arrogance and conceit,” and espouse “etiquette” such as “warnings not to kill noncombatant women and children.”

Aboul-Enein describes the seemingly legitimate, moderate jihad as different from the jihadist views advocated by “militant Islamists,” who “use women, children, and the mentally infirm as suicide bombers, who reduce Jihad to fighting or supporting the fighting through financial means, and who make Jihad incumbent upon all Muslims, with no distinction between communal and individual responsibility.”

Islam experts, meanwhile, have pointed out that mainstream Islamic scripture advocates a violent jihad to spread Islam worldwide.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, wrote at Foreign Policy magazine that “anyone seeking support for armed jihad in the name of Allah will find ample support in the passages in the Quran and Hadith that relate to Mohammed’s Medina period.”

Ali pointed to Q4:95 which states, “Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home).” Q8:60 instructs Muslims “to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.” Q9:29 explicitly tells Muslims: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Writes Ali:

Mainstream Islamic jurisprudence continues to maintain that the so-called “sword verses” (9:5 and 9:29) have “abrogated, canceled, and replaced” those verses in the Quran that call for “tolerance, compassion, and peace.”

There lies the duality within Islam. It’s possible to claim, following Mohammed’s example in Mecca, that Islam is a religion of peace. But it’s also possible to claim, as the Islamic State does, that a revelation was sent to Mohammed commanding Muslims to wage jihad until every human being on the planet accepts Islam or a state of subservience, on the basis of his legacy in Medina.

The key question is not whether Islam is a religion of peace, but rather, whether Muslims follow the Mohammed of Medina, regardless of whether they are Sunni or Shiite.

Writing for the Hoover Institute, Shmuel Bar, who served as a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, asserted that “few orthodox Islamic scholars would deny” that beliefs “commonly viewed as typical of radical Islamic ideology” are “deeply rooted in Orthodox Islam.”

McMaster’s Troubling Views

McMaster, meanwhile, has espoused controversial views on the topics discussed in Aboul-Enein’s book.

On Monday, Breitbart News unearthed a 2014 speech on the Middle East in which McMaster claimed that Islamic terrorist organizations are “really un-Islamic” and are “really irreligious organizations” who cloak themselves in the “false legitimacy of Islam.”

McMaster, who serves in a critical national security position, seems to be minimizing the central religious motivations of radical Islamic terrorist groups who are waging a religious war against Western civilization.

He has made such remarks in the past. Delivering the keynote address at last April’s Norwich University ROTC Centennial Symposium, McMaster criticized “modern day barbarians like Daesh [Islamic State] and Al-Qaeda who cynically use a perverted interpretation of religion to perpetuate ignorance, incite hatred, and commit the most heinous crimes against innocents.”

In February, CNN cited a source inside a National Security Council meeting quoting McMaster as saying that use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is unhelpful in working with allies to fight terrorism.

In May, McMaster spoke on ABC’s This Week about whether Trump would use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” in a speech that the president was about to give in Saudi Arabia.

“The president will call it whatever he wants to call it,” McMaster said. “But I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [extremists] are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this false idea of some kind of religious war.”

In the speech, Trump eventually urged Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in “combating radicalization,” and referred to “Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”

Shia and Sunni Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and the Islamic State each openly espouse Islamic motivations, repeatedly cite the Quran, and claim they are fighting a religious war. Some of the Sunni groups are violent offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to create a global Islamic caliphate.

Besides his drive to define terrorist groups as “irreligious,” Breitbart News further unearthed a speech following Israel’s defensive 2014 war against the Hamas terrorist group in which McMaster sidestepped a question about whether the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted itself in an ethical manner, instead providing what McMaster admitted was a “non-answer.”

The IDF is known to go to extreme lengths to operate ethically and protect civilians when fighting Palestinian jihadists who use civilians as human shields, launch rocket attacks from civilian zones and house their terrorist infrastructures in densely populated civilian areas.

Earlier this month, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the country, released an analysis of McMaster’s policies and reported views, concluding that he should be reassigned outside the NSC after it found that McMaster may be undermining Trump’s stated national security agenda.

The analysis states:

We find it hard to understand how someone who clearly has animus toward Israel, who supports the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, who opposes calling out radical Islamist terrorists, who fires Trump loyalists and supporters of Israel and opponents of Iran, who hires those opposed to President Trump’s policies especially on Israel and Iran, who refused to acknowledge that the Western Wall is in Israel, who opposes Israeli counterterrorism measures, and who shuts down joint U.S. counterterrorism programs that are of enormous value to U.S. security, can faithfully serve President Trump as top national security advisor. President Trump made it crystal clear, both before and since his election, that supporting Israel and the U.S.-Israel alliance, abrogating or at least vigorously enforcing the Iran deal while calling out and sanctioning Iran’s violations, confronting radical Islamist terrorism, and draining the Washington swamp were key, distinguishing policies of his administration.

The ZOA’s analysis cited Breitbart News articles by this reporter on McMaster’s background.

Last week, Breitbart News reported that McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

From September 2006 to February 2017, McMaster was listed as a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he served as consulting senior fellow. The IISS describes itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.”

Breitbart also reported that IISS is bankrolled by multinational corporate firms doing billions of dollars of business in Iran.

And IISS quietly took in about $32.5 million in funding from Bahrain, a country whose constitution explicitly enshrines Sharia Islamic law as its governing doctrine, Breitbart News documented.

The funding from Bahrain, a repressive regime with a dismal human rights track record but also an important regional U.S. ally, reportedly amounted to one quarter of the think tank’s total income.

A significant portion of the Bahraini funding reportedly pays for the think tank’s annual conference in Bahrain, the Mamana Dialogue. The original agreement between IISS and Bahrain to finance the conference contained a clause calling for the memorandum of understanding to remain confidential, according to the document, which was leaked by a watchdog and published by the Guardian newspaper last year.

As a member of IISS, McMaster participated in the Sixth Mamana Dialogue summit in Bahrain from December 11 to December 13, 2009, Breitbart News found. He is listed in IISS literature as being part of the Mamana Dialogue’s four-person panel that year on “military transformation, intelligence and security cooperation.”

 Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.

Dukes's picture

A simple description and link to the article would suffice and be preferred.

BobEore's picture

 

Coulda/shouda just fed us this extract from your screed...

 

"Earlier this month, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the country, released an analysis of McMaster’s policies and reported views, concluding that he should be reassigned outside the NSC after it found"

and spared us the rest of the talmudist talking points chumly. If they are down on MCM...

man must be doin something right!(unless its' another one of those intricate kabbalistic double reverse things they do when 3rd n 18 at their own five yard line)They quoted Breibart for the hit did they? Ok... its' straight up talmudic bullshit then. "Radical Islam" was made up  in the course of the kabbalist brain trusts' search for a way to stick to their competitors in the "angry god" cultic sweepstakes department, whilst sparing themselves of blame for the procession of events from World Trade One and onwards.

Back to your carpetbagger plantation in the deep south po boy! Harder y'all work this muzzie thang... bigger gonna be yur fall. We on ta yas!

swmnguy's picture

In other words, McMaster is serious and analyzes situations while the Gorkas, Millers and various other Breitbart hacks just like to stir up trouble among those who don't bother to understand what they're getting into.

Demagogues hate those who put in the effort to study and understand what's going on and why.  They're especially hostile to the question of "Why?"  Because if you learn why an adversary is doing something, you find ways to sidestep conflict and reach resolutions.  The demagogues don't want to resolve anything.  They gain power from frightened people who don't understand what is happening.  They lose power when people do understand and work to settle problems.  

The problems with "Islamists" have very little to do with religion.  Focusing on religion is great for the demagogues because the problems then appear intractible.  But they're the same old problems as always.  Money, power, water, food, trade, energy.  Where those concerns are dealt with in an equitable way, people of all manner of crazy-ass superstitious beliefs get along more or less fine.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Seriously.

You're coming down on the McMastrer side?
Yes, there's something to be said for sharp analytical skills.
That said, who gets a chubbie over a highly intelligent sociopath?

For fucks sake, Machiavelli was extremely analytically gifted. You wouldn't want him behind the steering wheel, though.

lil dirtball's picture

Fuck you and a your cut-n-paste blog asshole.

lew1024's picture

The problem in the US is NOT a problem of one religion vs another, one race vs another, one ethnic group vs another, or one political party vs another (indeed, there is only one), not even one political philosophy vs another.

The problem is the powerful vs the rest of us. The powerful use all of the other divisions in that contest.  Indeed, some philosophies are easier for them to use, e.g. the many forms of socialism, Neocon, communist and Nazi, and some of those make up important elements of the Stasis Quo.  But they are not, in themselves, the major issue.

The issue is the accumulation of power. All of history says that your currently-minority, currently-powerless group would be just as bad, given the power they have.

Focus on removing the power and mechanisms of power.  Everything else is facade.

 

Withnail's picture

 advocates kissing a new copy of the Quran before presenting the Islamic text to the local Muslim public 

We were not put on this earth to kiss anything of Muslim origin. 

Raincheck03's picture

Wow. You really, really need to find something better to do with your time on this good earth. Me?? I just simply think the guy, like Trump is a royal f'n jerk. I'd really like to see the smug fkr get his ass kicked by a common Joe.

Giant Meteor's picture

No one is feeling the love eh ?

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again.

We will make America wealthy again.

We will make America proud again.

We will make America safe again.

And, yes, together, we will make America great again.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

DJT inaugural speech ..

Comment heard shortly thereafter ...

"That was some wierd shit"

George W Bush, a.k.a. "baby Bush"

"I know not why any one but a school-boy in his declamation should whine over the Commonwealth of Rome, which grew great only by the misery of the rest of mankind. The Romans, like others, as soon as they grew rich, grew corrupt; and in their corruption sold the lives and freedoms of themselves, and of one another. [...] A people, who while they were poor robbed mankind; and as soon as they became rich, robbed one another."

Samuel Johnson: Review of Thomas Blackwell's "Memoirs of the Court of Augustus"

napper's picture

quote: "That was some wierd shit" George W Bush, a.k.a. "baby Bush"

 

Well, for once, GW Bush was uttering something that was fitting, grammatical, and prescient.

Giant Meteor's picture

“I don’t think we’ve had a speech like that since Andrew Jackson came to the White House,” Bannon told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s got a deep, deep root of patriotism.” 

Originally reported, the POTUS had been working on, and writing the speech that he delivered. Subsequently it was revealed that Bannon , and Stephen Miller co-wrote the speech together .. Miller wrote most of the don's prepared speeches during the presidential campaign.

 

Cloud9.5's picture

I can only surmise that the drug trafficking arm of the deed state made the President an offer he could not refuse.  We are in the latter stages of decadence.   A stage where the Pretorian Guard determines who nominally leads. Obama was probably given the same choice.  Nothing changes but the name plate on the door.

apocalypticbrother's picture

Brock sleeps well because the pedophile blackmail cult is firmly in charge. Civil war and death to the pedos is what is required now. Things are going to get messy but as long as Brock and podesta are strung up and tortured i will be pleased.

Akzed's picture

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Bes's picture

thank god he pardoned arapaio

that'll keep his base happy for a week

they needed another mainline hit of the orange kool-aid

before Trump goes more zio-goldman-globalist-neocon

#maga

Nostradumbass's picture

These badly needed injections of hopium will come regularly in order to keep the still illusioned base cheering this latest installment of Globalism Or Bust into our US government.

There is nobody, no one who would make a serious difference that will ever make it to the Presidency. Same now goes for the Con-gress and Snakepit. Only blackmailable self-serving traiors will be found there. We The People must do an end-run around this swamp.

JSBach1's picture

Afterall, the "candidates" presented are already funded by interests; whose you say? ... certainly not yours nor mine.

Perhaps something can be said for small donations funding a candidate instead, or not...

Nostradumbass's picture

The fact that Trump was not a lawyer was persuasive for me along with the mirrored-back desires of millions of Americans he gathered from from social media and made into a platform he never really intended to follow through with. At least no more f*cking lawyers in our government... that would be a start.

JSBach1's picture

Lawyers nor liars...how about ethics, even though this is supposedly taught in law school? Sufficed to say comprehension and adherence thereto is simply an afterthought.

Who better to represent the people, but one of their own? Throw ideology aside, how about some results in DC? A foreign concept in the present times, but who knows...

Jack McGriff's picture

Ethical lawyers ... now there is an oxymoron.  Morals are so intertwined with ethics that ethics cannot be expected to be reliably performed unless one is moral.  Problem is, 95% of lawyers are liberal moral relativists, and therefore unethical.   

I practiced law for 17 years and couldn't take it any more.  Too many liars, theives, and injustice.  Besides, affirmative action killed the profession and injected a mass of unqualified ebonics speaking grandstanding SJW's into the profession.  As if a degree means you are intelligent.  Don't worry, all these AA recipients of law degrees will tell you they have a law degree within 3 seconds of meeting them.  

But I digress.  In law school, one indeed has to take an ethics class.  The person who received the highest grade in a law school class is given $500 and the "Book Award" for such an outstanding achievement.   In ethics class, the guy who booked it never stepped one foot in class the whole semester.  He was too busy doing coke, weed, and ectasy.  I smoked out with him many times.  This was the beginning of the end for me before I even started, for I knew then and there ethics were a sham and lawyers rightly deserved their poor reputation.  One rabble rousing AA lawyer I practiced against actually committed perjury in a case, and I busted his ass to the Bar.  He filed an affidavit, personally, under oath, which was a blatant lie.  That's why the Bar pulled him into disciplinary hearings.  Dont' worry, he dindu nuffin and nothing happened.  He cried racism and his employer even gave him a raise.  Unbelievable.

But I digress. This druggie "attorney" I knew who booked Ethics wound up being prosecutor for several years.  He exclusively prosecuted felony drug cases. You can't make this shit up.  I never spoke more than two words to him anytime I saw him.  

But he was a Jew so there's at least that for an explanation.  Becoming a lawyer is the perfect profession for a Jew.     

QQQBall's picture

McGruff,

 

Its a skim and scam economy. Legal profession is not the only one that operates like a smash and grab robbery.

Eyes Opened's picture

"There is nobody, no one who would make a serious difference that will ever make it to the Presidency. ALIVE "

Fixed it for ya......

totenkopf88's picture

Since he is a supporter of Vitezi Rend(aka "dem Hungarian Nat-zees") that means he is not on board with the Zio-Globalists' plans to flood European countries with refugees so he has a big target on his back

apocalypticbrother's picture

Are you being willfully ignorant? Everyone here at ZH knows this guy is fighting the commie/nazis. Yo are obviously a dirtbag liberal. Dumkopf!

thinkmoretalkless's picture

Ok Trump supporters, where do we go? Do we lament Hillary's loss. Do we pine for Jeb? Ted? To think Trump was going to reverse a globalist agenda that was on the cusps of total victory in a few months or years was fantasy. Trump is more like bait and the wolves have taken it...its up to the people to spring the trap.