by John D. Guandolo
This week, America lost one its greatest leaders in the war in which we are engaged – Rich Higgins.
Several fine articles have been written detailing Rich’s background and noteworthy achievements, of which there are many. You can read one such article here.
You can read Rich’s bio at Unconstrained Analytics here.
Rich’s service in the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and as the Director of Strategic Planning for the National Security Council (NSC) is tremendous. However, it was his strategic understanding of the enemy, his innate understanding of good and evil, and his inner desire to see the Republic survive that made Rich an invaluable asset in the war for the free world.
I knew Rich as a friend, roommate, colleague, mentor, and sounding board. He was as humorous as he was dedicated to the mission and his oath. He saw the world in raw realistic terms, and spoke the same way.
If Rich Higgins was running the American war effort, many generals would have been fired, the enemy would have been vanquished, and the war would have been over years ago.
While working inside the FBI, teaching and training others about the international and domestic jihadi threat, a friend and colleague of mine told me I need to know Rich Higgins. This was at a time when I, and my colleague from the Joint Staff, Steve Coughlin, were putting together a small group of influential people in the Washington, D.C. area to brief about this threat, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how America was completely off its warfighting game.
To that end, I called Rich on a Friday evening, introduced myself as an FBI agent who was given his number by a mutual colleague, and asked if he would be willing to attend a brief we were having early Saturday morning at a warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
There was a long pause before Rich asked, “Am I under investigation?”
After assuring him he was not, Rich showed up and the relationship began.
After that day, and several more shortly after, Rich was able to take the information Steve and I shared, and put it into a strategic picture which, as he put it, brought everything happening in the “Global War on Terror” into perfect focus.
A couple years later, Rich recruited me out of the FBI into the Department of Defense to continue my work, synergized by Steve Coughlin’s deep understanding of the enemy, and let us operate without the shackles of our former agencies.
Rich Higgins understood the profound practical and spiritual battle that lay ahead for America. He knew that without returning to “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God” America could not and would not be restored.
I believe this was so because Rich understood evil, and understood it is at the heart of normative Islamic and communist doctrine. These ideologies seek to destroy the very foundations upon which America’s law and government were founded. He took this clear understanding of the world into his decision-making, operations, and his daily life.
Rich’s 2017 memo on political warfare was the culmination of over a dozen years of strategic thinking and planning that lays out in plain sight how America’s enemies do what they do, and what the consequences will be if American leaders ignore the problem.
Rich’s predictions came true. Donald Trump is out of the White House. The communists – Black Lives Matter, Antifa, DSA, CPUSA, et al – openly call for the overthrow of our system. U.S. Islamic leaders are openly calling for the release of an Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction operative, being held in jail in Texas, which is not surprising because they all subscribe to the same doctrine.
Rich Higgins’ contribution to the war effort, in my opinion, cannot be overstated. Neither can his love of family, friends, God, and country.
Raise a glass and remember Rich Higgins today. Ask yourself what you are prepared to do to restore the American Republic to its founding principles.
Rich Higgins is gone, but those of us who knew and love him will carry on the war effort.
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