Says "new American nationalism" needed for survival

Steve Watson

A Washington Times columnist has claimed that a universal military draft is a key necessity if America is to survive throughout and beyond the 21st century.

Tony Blankley, also a former Reagan speechwriter, a former Newt Gingrich press secretary, and currently a Fellow at right wing think tank the Heritage Foundation, makes the call in his new book American Grit.

Blankley says that the US needs a "new nationalism that puts America's survival first."

In his opinion this equates to subjecting all eighteen year olds to two years of required military service.

"If we don't do a lot of things smart and tough, we could get overwhelmed by the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of radical Islam." Blankley told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday.

"We've failed to exploit our energy. We're not paying enough attention to what our kids are learning -- Bill Ayers is actually a senior person in guiding the curriculum design of America." he said.

"I don't like it, I love the volunteer army ... but we don't have enough troops," Blankley stated.

"When George Bush wanted to have the surge, he was told by the senior generals we didn't have the extra 20,000 troops to finish the war. ... Now Obama wants to go to Afghanistan ... but he says we don't have the troops unless we pull them out of Iraq. What happens if Pakistan goes jihadi? We don't have the troops to go in there and stop them from taking over the nuclear weapons."

"If we had had enough troops in Iraq, we wouldn't have lost 4,000 great young men and women," Blankley claimed. "We needed to flood the field ... with 300,000 troops occupying every village and every building and they would never have been able to rise up."

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Blankley has previously rejected that notion that he is a neoconservative, claiming that he is a traditional conservative in the mold of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

However, his militaristic views clearly dovetail with classic neoconservative doctrine espoused by bodies such as the Project For A New American Century, the think tank that was home to Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz among others, prior to their placements within the Bush Administration.

Using rhetoric almost identical to the neocon label "Islamofascist", Blankley has previously compared modern Islamists to Nazis, claiming that they are attempting to take over Europe. Blankley has also argued that racial and ethnic profiling are regrettable but acceptable government practices in times of war.

Blankley's previous book, The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?, even cites Samuel P. Huntington, author of Clash Of Civilizations, regarded by many to be one of the archetypal neocon texts.