Sebastian Gorka, special assistant to President Trump, offered his letter of resignation to the President Friday. The Afghanistan speech appears to have been the tipping point, not the departure of Steve Bannon as most might think. Dr. Gorka it seems doesn’t see his presence as having any effect given the direction of his current foreign policy.
One interesting comment in Dr. Gorka’s letter of resignation: The words “radical Islam” and “radical Islamic terrorism” were removed from the President’s Afghanistan speech. That really is more than just political correctness, it’s a direction now taken.
Dr. Gorka mentioned something that probably concerns a lot of Americans. What is our definition of victory in Afghanistan?
“[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 reportedly wrote in a letter obtained by The Federalist. CNN confirmed the letter.
Gorka’s letter referenced the President’s Afghanistan speech and he’s not happy.
“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.”
Gorka hoped to for a different direction, certainly against the Muslim Brotherhood. The Federalist reported that there is no point in Gorka having his reputation and that of his family’s continually damaged when he can’t make a difference.
The White House foreign policy looks like one Barack Obama or Jeb Bush might support.
In his letter, Gorka stated clearly that he believes in the promise of the Trump presidency despite being concerned about its present direction.
“Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard,” he wrote, adding, “Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality
“As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House,” he continued.
Gorka has been one of the President’s staunchest supporters.
This direction the President is taking could explain why the DoJ is still using CAIR as advisers and the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t labeled a terrorist group though it clearly is.