Sebastian Gorka’s road from Budapest to the White House

A few hours ago Sebastian Gorka triumphantly announced on Twitter: “Well the radio silence is over. Congrats to those who guessed! Honored to be Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States,” most likely on the National Security Council. Faithful followers of Fox News may be familiar with his name since Gorka has been a frequent guest as an expert on Islamic terror. He is one of those people who are convinced that the Western world is at war with Islam, a war that could have been won if the president of the United States had been serious about the mission, as Barack Obama obviously wasn’t. Trump, however, “sees that this is an actual war that he wants to win.” It was this theme that Gorka developed in his 2016 book Defeating Jihad: A Winnable War. Gorka is also a regular contributor to Breitbart News and a protégé of Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, or, as GQ magazine called him, “our president.”

Sebastian Gorka with Donald Trump

Sebastian Gorka’s name is not exactly a household word in the United States, but in Hungary it has a more familiar ring. In the years after 9/11 Sebestyén Gorka, as he was known in Hungary, was a national security analyst who, according to some less than charitable TV viewers, was usually wrong.

Gorka was born in Great Britain in 1970, the son of Hungarian refugees Zsuzsa and Pál Gorka. The father, according to Sebastian, was sentenced to life in the 1950s and was freed in October 1956. A few years ago Pál Gorka, who moved back to Hungary after 1990, wrote a book about his experiences before and during the revolution.

The young Gorka received a B.A. in philosophy and theology from the University of London and, upon graduation, joined the British Territorial Army reserves, serving in the Intelligence Corps. In 1992 he followed his parents to Hungary, where his meager military training and intelligence experience were sufficient to land him a job in the Ministry of Defense. There he worked on international security issues and Hungary’s future accession to NATO. Gorka spent five years in the ministry, during which time he also earned a master’s degree from Corvinus University in international relations and diplomacy. Later he received his Ph.D. from the same institution.

Anyone who’s interested in the career of Sebastian Gorka should consult his Wikipedia entry which, I suspect, he wrote himself. There is no need to repeat all that information. Instead I will concentrate on his time in Hungary.

Hundreds of articles have appeared in the Hungarian media in the last few days about Gorka’s fabulous career. He and his family left Hungary for the United States only nine years ago, and yet he will be an important adviser to the president of the United States. These articles note that he was also an adviser to Viktor Orbán. Some of the better informed pieces report that he eventually became disillusioned with Orbán and established a party, Új Demokratikus Koalíció. Interestingly, in his many resumés one finds not a word about his position as adviser to Viktor Orbán, which is odd since one would think that it might be a plus for his political ambitions.

Gorka established and was the executive director of a conservative think tank, the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security, in Budapest. By 2006 he decided to chart his own political course. In September of that year he gave an interview to Magyar Nemzet in which he explained why he was running against the Fidesz candidate for the mayoralty of Piliscsaba, a picturesque village in the Budapest metropolitan area where he and his family lived. A few days later he talked to someone from the New Telegraphic Agency who complained about the red-and-white-striped “Árpád” flags favored by Magyar Gárda. Gorka explained to him that the flag-wavers “are a soft target, because how do you prove you’re not a fascist?” And, he continued, “if you say that eight centuries of history can be eradicated by 19 months of fascist distortion of symbols, you’re losing historical perspective.” Gorka was a bit off; Ferenc Szálasi’s Arrow Cross regime lasted only about four months.

In January 2007 he and three others established a right-wing party. After Viktor Orbán lost the election in 2006 a lot of people within his own party came to believe that Fidesz cannot win an election as long as Orbán is at the helm. Gorka was one of the “insurgents.” He identified three groups within the party. One was the Orbán-Simicska line. The other was a group led by István Stumpf, head of the prime minister’s office during the first Orbán government, and Mária Schmidt, director of the House of Terror and today the court historian of Viktor Orbán. The third group was led by Zoltán Pokorni which, according to Gorka, was the weakest of the three. It was under these circumstances that Gorka wanted to establish a party in opposition to Fidesz. He added that he was hoping that some Fidesz leaders would join him. He specifically mentioned János Áder, today president of Hungary.

Jobbik, which had just started to become an important factor in the country’s domestic politics, sent an observer to the press conference that set out the goals of the new party. He came away with the feeling that the ideology of the Új Demokratikus Koalíció was confused. The leaders of the party counted on the right-wing followers of Mária Schmidt, the left-winger followers of Gyula Horn, and the “völkisch-national-socialists” of Katalin Szili. No wonder that Gorka’s attempt to establish this new party was a total flop. Most likely it was his political failure that prompted him to leave Hungary and not, as he later claimed, “the chaos created by Gyurcsány.”

The last time Gorka gave an interview to a Hungarian newspaper was in September 2016. The reporter of Magyar Nemzet asked his opinion of Viktor Orbán’s Russian policy, and he was anything but complimentary. He harshly criticized Putin’s policies and found Orbán’s balancing act between NATO and Moscow to be both dangerous and unsustainable. Orbán, he said, will have to decide between the West and the East. Given Gorka’s family background, it makes sense that he would be no fan of Russia or Putin, the former KGB agent.

Hungary might think that it is gaining influence in Washington by having Sebastian Gorka in such a prominent position. But given his low opinion of Orbán, whom he considered already in 2006 unfit to lead the country, the Hungarian prime minister might not get the kind of reception from Trump that he expects.

January 31, 2017
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Reality Check
Guest

He was on NPR today defending the Anti-Muslim ban and claiming the protesters are just a bunch of millennials and the press – the chattering class. Incredibly condescending.

Well-dressed racist.

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/31/512702666/white-house-adviser-defends-trump-executive-order-on-immigration

White Supremacists dominate Trump’s ear.

e-1956
Guest

The NPR reporters appear to be more in the service of Russia than of America.

Russia has weaponized the population of Syria, Iraq, Palestine. The refuges are wounded people. They need help, but it is important to identify the responsibility of Russia in this development.

When was it discussed on NPR?

Reality Check
Guest

Not all them. I heard one make of point of telling the audience that he considers himself a citizen first and that it his duty to critically report. Many have been asking though questions. I would not say that NPR is giving Trump a free ride.

I am sure the Trump people put strong limits on what can be asked of an administration top advisor. Trump had Congressional aides who worked on the anti-Muslim ban signing non-disclosure agreements.

There was a bit of followup to this that was not on the clip.

wrfree
Guest

Re: ‘I am sure the Trump people put strong limits on what can be asked of an administration top advisor.Trump had Congressional aides who worked on the anti-Muslim ban signing non-disclosure agreements’

Seems to apply to Mr. Gorka as well. His ‘briefing’ page isn’t available. Anyway, it is true he can be no fan of that dynamic duo of VO and VP playing their games over there in their fiefdoms of Central Europe. I think he’s got their number on their ‘fun and games’. Curious how a meeting will go if he gets to visit them.

Kávé
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Not the brightest bulb in the bunch, Gorka is also facing sentencing this week for attempting to carry a 9mm pistol onto a plane at Reagan Int’l Airport last February. From the WAPO article: “No doubt more are now wondering how someone who is supposed to be thinking about national security could forget he had a firearm in his bag.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2017/01/27/trump-aide-was-among-record-numbers-taking-a-gun-through-tsa-checkpoint-last-year/?utm_term=.b8f4f54910ef

exTor
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Perhaps Sebastian Gorka, whose Wikipedia entry has a pretentious German ‘von’ inserted into his name, as if to indicate assumed nobility, also penned his wife’s Wikientry, which has been flagged as suspicious.

MAGYARKOZÓ

I am critical of Trump.
Guest
I am critical of Trump.

Reading the dismal reference to this Hungarian/American “Security Expert” it is not really surprising that he turned up among the Tramp crowd.

Guest

His wiki entry is really funny – it reads like advertising for washing powder or whatever – the best of the best … 🙂

Strangely enough there’s nothing about his political activities in Hungary.

And there also is no Hungarian wiki entry!

Guest

A person who adds a non-inherited von to his name nowadays has something wrong with his head.

e-1956
Guest

Let us refrain from prejudices.
Let us end the character assassinations.
Gorka is superbly intelligent, experienced, creative.
Good scholar.

Guest

Just like Bannon and the other breitfarters?

They are the real character assassins!

exTor
Guest

It’s only a matter of time before someone grabs britefart.com or breitfart.com as a bonafide website.

MAGYARKOZÓ

Guest

I apologize. Sebastian Gorkas father named himself v. Gorka Pál on his book.

Ferenc
Guest

It seems to me that now in several European countries are popping-up stories about people close to djT and roots in those countries.
May they are pre-selected as possible ambassadeurs by djT’s main strategic advisor ‘the bloke from Breitbart’ (listen to the NPR story posted above by ‘Reality Check’).

Max
Guest

It is worth to mention that Gorka joined the HU Defence Ministry in 1992 together with Réka Szemerkényi who these days serves as ambbassador in Washington. They were both protégées of the late Rudolf Joó, political state secretary.

I understand that these days Gorka and Szemerkényi do not cultivate a friendly relationship.

exTor
Guest

There have been at least 2 additions to Sebastian Gorka’s Wikipedia article recently. Upon first reading Éva’s piece, I gave his Wikiarticle a looksee and noticed that I had arrived a bare quarter hour after a recent amendment.

Changes to Wikiarticles can be determined at the page bottoms. As I write this, the Sebastian Gorka bottom has “This page was last modified on 1 February 2017, at 11:06.” Times are always UTC, which means London, England time, appropriate (no doubt for him) for that is his birthplace.

Interestingly, there is a mention of the airport-gun incident, which may negate Éva’s suspicion that the Wikiarticle was [mostly] selfpenned.

MAGYARKOZÓ

exTor
Guest

No idea about anything, Éva. I only gave the Wikipedia article a quick skim, then checked the amendment time at the bottom. I didn’t notice the airport segment then, nor did I know about the airport incident beforehand.

Sounds like someone’s tampering with the Sebastian Gorka article, which means that a lockdown wont be long in coming. It wont surprise me to see him as a lightningrod for antiGorka negativity. When there is a lockdown, it means that the Wikipedia article ceases to be a community enterprise, becoming the ‘property’ of the person who initiated the piece.

Examples of locked-down Wikipedia articles are those about Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. That would put Sebastian Gorka in good company.

MAGYARKOZÓ

pappp
Guest

Totally OT.

Gabor Stier, foreign news section editor at Magyar Nemzet, sharing a pro-Putin, puppy-Putin cutie pie video and Gabor Gavra from ATV (formerly of Magyar Narancs) is liking it.

Just another day at the “opposition” media.

http://csehszlovakkem.tumblr.com/post/156659963237/stier-gabor-mn-megosztja-gavra-gabor-atv

Guest

Seems Mr “von Gorka has been preparing for this job for a long time:
Gorka, who has written stories for Breitbart since early 2014 …

Gorka’s expected move to the National Security Council further represents Breitbart’s expanding role inside the Trump White House.

The website’s chairman, Stephen Bannon, served as Trump’s campaign CEO and now works as White House chief strategist. On Sunday, it was reported that Julia Hahn, a hardline immigration writer for Breitbart, was also expected to join the Trump White House as a special assistant to the president.
http://www.businessinsider.com/sebastian-gorka-trump-breitbart-2017-1

Hey, actually he’s been working for Trump already before the election:
Donald Trump’s campaign paid the site’s national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, $8,000 for “policy consulting” last year.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/trump-campaign-paid-a-breitbart-editor-for-consulting-work?utm_term=.yiWmwdPpB#.uoARA54yz

wrfree
Guest

You know S’v’G has a kind of a nice plum job today. As they say when you take a job you look in context of the next one ahead. I am curious as to how much success this fellow will have in this bellowing administration.

petofi
Guest

I wonder how a right-wing fruitcake like Bannon goes along with Trump’s love-in with the bare-chested Putkin…?

Guest

Anticipating tomorrow’s visit the German SPIEGEL reminds everybody of the strange relations between O and P:
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/wladimir-putin-trifft-viktor-orban-kampf-gegen-die-eu-a-1132619.html
The report also mentions the Russian machinations in Hungary in the last years – and the fact that the Fidesz government did not really react …

pappp
Guest

I recommend people to check out what’s going on in Romania.

Basically the recently elected new parliamentary majority is implementing a general amnesty for corruption cases that would include corrupt politicians.

Similarly, in the unlikely event that Orban would be losing the 2018 elections, Fidesz would simply grant an amnesty (which needless to say would cover politicians too) two days before the elections.

Peter Polt, the fidesznik chief prosecutor is basically impossible to get rid of but even if he would be gotten rid of, there will simply be no crimes to be prosecuted.

Ferenc
Guest

Have seen several news items about the protests, but don’t know details how the ‘small’ corruption (there is something about a maximum limit) is planned to be legalised, or at least let go.
Just really wondering if this is inline with EU regulations? It’s surely not with the EU anti-fraud policies!

exTor
Guest

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Gorka

As of 20:17 [London, England time] on February 1st, the ‘von’ is removed from the name of Sebastian Lukacs Gorka in the Wikipedia article about him. Nice coinciding of the time and the year.

No other changes seem to have been effected.

More and more it looks like Éva is correct regarding a Gorka connection to the Sebastian Gorka Wikipedia article. If he didn’t create it himself, there is a good likelihood that he participated in some manner.

I find it strange that the name (below a photo of Sebastian Gorka) is placed in the Hungarian style, family name followed by the given names.

http://hvg.hu/vilag/20170124_Egy_Orbanellen_szervezkedo_magyar_lehet_Trump_tanacsadoja

What is bizarre is that (beside the Magyar versions of his name) is a link to a reference [above] trumpeting Sebastian Gorka’s break with Viktor Orbán.

MAGYARKOZÓ

exTor
Guest

/Users/MAGYARKOZO/ZZTOP/GORKA/GORKA bocskaiban.png

exTor
Guest

I tried to upload a photograph of Sebastian Gorka in his ‘bocskai’. What is the process for uploading image files? How does one embed URLs? I dont like having to use long URL strings. Thanx.

MAGYARKOZÓ

exTor
Guest

http://www.vilaglato.info/trump-tanacsadoja-diszmagyarban-feszitett-a-fox-newsban

The picture of Gorka resplendant [???] in his ‘bocskai’ is above.

Please inform me as to how to upload image files. Thanx.

MAGYARKOZÓ

Ferenc
Guest

onT
Here you can watch Mr.Gorka being interviewed at CNN: http://444.hu/2017/02/02/a-tortenelem-foutcajan-gorka-sebestyen-a-cnn-en-vedte-meg-trump-beutazasi-rendeletet
Gorka several times brings up terror attacks in EU and makes at one moment things personal by using possible victims in family.
What I don’t understand from the interviewer is, why he didn’t ask how T&co want to prevent future terror, like happened recently in the US (I mean the shootings at innocent victims by US citizens).

Ferenc
Guest

PS: Gorka’s voice sounds unnaturally low to me, very curious

Tom
Guest

His accent is strange.
Hard to believe he spent his formative years in England.
The Hungarian tinge must be an affectation.
I find him thoroughly suspicious.
So much so, that when I first saw him on TV, I said to my wife;
“Come and see. There’s a Russian spy on Fox!’

Extras casting couldn’t produce a more stereo-typical ‘eastern spook’.

He’s shown he’s happy to lie for Trump but I don’t think he’s an expert on anything.

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