On Friday Donald Trump’s foreign policy aide Sebastian Gorka told the Conservative Political Action Conference the US needs to eradicate Islam at home and in the Middle East.
“The brand of jihad has to be destroyed,” he said, adding that it must be “vilified” in America as well as in the Middle East, according to TPM.
He defended the Constitution during a panel discussion, but does not seem to have a very good grasp on its principles, primarily the First Amendment. He has threatened to sue people who tweet their opinion on his credentials as a supposed terror analyst.
“Number one, we are going to eradicate the Islamic State—not degrade, not manage, not ameliorate—eradicate. And secondly, words have meaning. When he says our enemy is ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ that is a 180 degree change from the last eight years, when we weren’t allowed to even say who the enemy was,” he told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow during the conference.
Gorka says the enemy is present in America and cites the Miami night club and San Bernardino klillings as examples despite there being zero evidence the perpetrators had anything to do with the Islamic State.
“To be very clear: The enemy is already here—and he wants to kill us at home,” he said previously.
He also believes a Paris-style attack will happen in America and it “isn’t a question of ‘if,’ it is a question of when.”
Omar Mateen, the Miami attacker, made a 911 call denouncing US foreign policy in the Middle East.
“Mateen made several 911 calls during the attack and claimed to be acting in the name of Islam. FBI redaction obscures some of what he said, but he did invoke Islamic resistance to the United States and demanded that it cease bombing Iraq and Syria,” writes Margaret Kimberley.
He was a “lone wolf” without any connection to the Islamic State, an obviously mentally ill psychopath, but this explanation does not fit Gorka’s narrative.
“Washington weasel terms like ‘lone wolf’ are designed to dissuade the public from thinking there’s a link between all of these attacks, a connective tissue that ties them to 9/11, Ford Hood, Chattanooga and the Boston bombings. But that link exists: It is global jihadism, the ideology that ISIS has taken to the next level and that is committed to killing or enslaving all Americans,” he explains.
The “connective tissue” is the FBI. It has arranged more terror plots in the United States than the Islamic State. Supposed would-be terrorists ensnared by the FBI are largely mentally ill, homeless, or angry and demented individuals who did not pose a threat until the agency sent informers to rile them up and produce sensationalistic headlines (and budget increases).
John Mueller and Mark Stewart point out why the Islamic State homegrown terror threat is mostly propaganda.
Lost in Gorka’s diatribes and the rantings of Islamophobes like Pam Geller is the fact the United States kills far more innocents than the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, or any other Wahhabi sect of mass murdering psychopaths.
“You really want terror? Let me tell you about terror. And I’m not talking about 14 dead (San Bernardino) or 130 dead (Paris). What about up to 140,000 dead? (The toll from Hiroshima.),” writes Tom Engelhardt.
John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, explained in the late 1980s how the CIA has killed six million people in secret wars in the third world.
Gorka, Trump’s Islam whisperer, and the Bannonites are pushing for a new global conflict, a new Crusades of sorts, against a grotesquely exaggerated enemy.
The establishment may find Trump unacceptable on many levels. However, his proposed war on Islam is good for business and the continuation of organized hysteria produced by the establishment media to keep the military-industrial complex rolling along.
“The Permanent War Economy of the United States has endured since the end of World War II in 1945. Since then the U.S. has been at war–somewhere–every year, in Korea, Nicaragua, Vietnam, the Balkans, Afghanistan–all this to the accompaniment of shorter military forays in Africa, Chile, Grenada, Panama,” writes Seymour Melman.
Merman wrote this is 2003, the year Bush invaded Iraq on the heels of his invasion of Afghanistan. Since that time, Obama expanded Bush’s drone war and invaded Libya. He facilitated the destruction of Syria.
Now it’s Trump’s turn. If Gorka and Bannon have their way, there will be a war waged not merely on isolated terrorists—lavishly funded by our “allies” in the Gulf—but on the whole of Islam.
It’s a good sign for the merchants of death and the permanent war economy.