According to Media Matters, Sebastian Gorka’s views are much more in line with former National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, than they are with current advisor, General HR McMaster.
Days before he was selected to serve as national security advisor for the incoming Trump administration, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn appeared to walk into Trump Tower alongside Breitbart News national security editor Sebastian Gorka. Both Gorka and Flynn have made virulent and offensive anti-Muslim comments and blamed “political correctness” for terror attacks.
Gorka “is a frequent guest lecturer at institutions such as the FBI, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Fort Bragg), is lead instructor for US Special Operations Command’s Combating Terrorism course, and recently briefed the National Intelligence Council (ODNI) and the CIA.” He also served as Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University for several years.
Gorka has engaged in anti-Muslim smears, including speaking at a conference whose organizers asserted that “Islamofascists have been brought into the innermost circles of America’s national security institutions.”
This policy change from OBAMA’S Countering Violent Extremism to Countering “Islamic” Extremism which focuses solely on Islamic extremism and nothing else, was in part, crafted by Gorka.
After the Washington National Cathedral hosted an event with two Muslim groups in 2014, Gorka wrote an article at Breitbart News with the headline “Muslim Brotherhood Overruns National Cathedral In DC.” The piece asserted that “if a place of worship is used by Muslims for their prayers, that territory subsequently becomes part of Dar al Islam, sacred Muslim land. Forever.”
According to The Daily Beast, “Flynn has said ‘political correctness’ has prevented the United States from confronting violent extremism, which he sees as a ‘cancerous idea that exists inside of the Islamic religion,’” and Flynn “authored a book that argued the U.S. government ‘has concealed the actions of terrorists like [Osama] bin Laden and groups like ISIS, and the role of Iran in the rise of radical Islam….’” LIKE GORKA, Flynn has also made public anti-Islam statements, including writing on social media, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.”
IB TimesTrump deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka declined to answer whether the president viewed Islam as a religion, saying in an interview with NPR Wednesday, “This is not a theological seminary.” “We understand that groups like ISIS have a religious verbiage, their justification for violence is always religious.”