More American Carnage

It’s too soon to comment in any detail about what happened at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas. There’s too much we don’t yet know, and too much of what has already been reported doesn’t add up. But it’s clear that what President Trump has called “American

By | 2017-10-03T12:36:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty, Rein in the ‘Permanent State’

The following are remarks delivered by Dr. Sebastian Gorka at Hillsdale College's eighth annual Constitution Day celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2017. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Never go anywhere without your copy of Imprimis. It really is a high honor for me to address this august audience. My wife and

By | 2017-09-22T13:55:39+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

Why Trump’s U.N. Speech Was a Triumph

Donald Trump on Tuesday confirmed yet again why he is the most robust president since Ronald Reagan. Following up on his brilliant speeches before a joint session of Congress in February, his speech about combating Islamic terrorism before Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, and his splendid defense of Western civilizational values in Warsaw

By | 2017-09-21T20:25:11+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Tags: |

Debasing the Memory of 9/11

This time one year ago, I was touring America to see the country in the grip of the agonistic election campaign and to prepare, like other foreigners before me, to write a book. I had only one afternoon in New York. I also had a remarkable guide, a friend who had spent his

By | 2017-09-14T12:21:29+00:00 September 11th, 2017|

Does Anyone Have a Real Afghanistan Strategy?

Donald Trump’s recent address to the nation portends several more years of our soldiers inconclusively slogging through the hills of Afghanistan. While the speech was mature, presidential, and appropriately patriotic, it was an about face from the message of Trump the candidate, and a worrisome sign for those who supported his stated nationalist

By | 2017-08-29T14:55:43+00:00 August 26th, 2017|

Trumping Afghanistan

Like many long-time Trump supporters, I, too, was disappointed with the president’s announcement of a “new strategy” for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. I was hoping to hear Trump had found a responsible way to end our nation’s longest war. But with all of the armchair quarterbacking going on in the wake of the

By | 2017-08-27T23:27:17+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

A Blank Check for Afghanistan

The trouble with the new (or, rather, not-so-new) Trump Administration war plan for Afghanistan is that it’s a loser. Sure, the president gets high marks for finally talking about “victory” in Afghanistan—after 17 years of seemingly endless warfare, it’s nice to hear the word mentioned. Yet, for all of the talk of victory,

By | 2017-08-27T07:46:10+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

Victory: What It Will Take to Win

Editor's Note: This essay was originally published in the Fall 2001 edition of the Claremont Review of Books. The editors are grateful for permission from the Claremont Institute to republish the article here. Read Angelo Codevilla's response to President Trump's August 21 speech on Afghanistan. "It is not that they love peace less,

By | 2017-08-25T16:01:05+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

If This is Strategy . . .

Strategy is neither more nor less than a map for getting from here to there—a reasonable plan for using what you have to accomplish what you want. President Trump’s August 21 speech, touted as “a new strategy” for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is not a strategy, because it did not even try to

By | 2017-08-25T14:40:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|