Kresta in the Afternoon – December 22, 2016 – Hour 1

  • Description: It’s that time of year again...time for us to Count Down the best interviews of the last 12 months. Our list covers a wide range of topics from Testimony to the Year of Mercy to the year’s biggest news stories. Did your favorite interview make our list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #26: Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War (2 segments)

  • Description: America will not win its war on terror until it can answer some of the most basic strategic questions: Who is the enemy? Why are we fighting? As long as our leaders refuse to answer these questions, victory is impossible. However, the war is eminently winnable if we remove our ideological blinders and accurately name the enemy. We’ll talk about it with Dr. Sebastian Gorka.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Sebastian Gorka
      Dr Sebastian Gorka holds the Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University and is an internationally-recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare and terrorism. He’s the chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group and was previously was Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security. He’s the author of Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.
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    • Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

      Since September 11, 2001, America has been at war. And that’s about all anyone can say with certainty about a conflict that has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion. As long as the most basic strategic questions—Who is the enemy? Why are we fighting?—remain unanswered, victory is impossible. Yet this war is eminently winnable if we remove our ideological blinders, accurately name our enemy, and draw up a strategy to defeat him. So says Dr. Sebastian Gorka, one of the most experienced and sought-after authorities on counterterrorism. Our enemy is not “terror” or “violent extremism.” Our enemy is the global jihadi movement, a modern totalitarian ideology rooted in the doctrines and martial history of Islam. Taking his cue from the formerly top-secret analyses that shaped the U.S. response to the communist threat, Dr. Gorka has produced a compelling profile of the jihadi movement—its mind and motivation—and a plan to defeat it. (learn more)

+  #25: State Department Finally Acknowledges Genocide

  • Description: Secretary of State John Kerry determined this morning that ISIS has been committing acts of genocide against Christians and other minorities. The European Parliament made a similar declaration last month and Kerry has faced increasing pressure to make the declaration official. On Monday the House of Representatives voted 393-0 in a nonbinding resolution to condemn ISIS atrocities as genocide. We’ll talk more about it with Nina Shea.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Nina Shea
      Nina Shea is the Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute and has been an international human-rights lawyer for more than 30 years. She works extensively for the advancement of individual religious freedom and is the co-author of “Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Religious Freedom Worldwide” and “Persecuted: The Global War on Christians.”
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    • ISIS and Genocide
      Nina Shea talks about genocide by ISIS and Secretary Kerry’s formal declaration of genocidal acts by the group against religious minorities in the Middle East.


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