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Oliver North

Articles by Oliver North

Who is winning?

Racing through the Phoenix airport, I immediately captured the Wall Street Journal headline: "Taliban Now Winning." I grabbed the newspaper and headed for my flight. Published August 17, 2009

Wrong-turn Obama

It took the Obama administration less than eight hours to side with Cuba's Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega over the ouster of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. Published July 5, 2009

Obama's non-meddling

"What are you Americans thinking?" asked the young woman in perfect, if slightly accented, English. She was wearing a name tag with "Marie" in both Cyrillic and English and had greeted us pleasantly when we had ducked out of the rain and into her store to buy postcards and mementos for our grandchildren. Her question about American "thinking" came in the midst of a conversation about how dramatically life in Russia had changed during her 27 brief years. Published June 21, 2009

NORTH: The Gitmo quagmire

On April 29, in an East Room press conference, President Obama claimed, "We have rejected the false choice between our security and our ideals by closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay." Published May 10, 2009

NORTH: Lie to Me

On Wednesday evening, all but one of America's television networks blew off their prime-time programs and dutifully trotted off to the White House to cover an hourlong self-congratulatory press conference celebrating the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Published May 3, 2009

NORTH: Who are dangerous 'extremists'?

According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a Christian - and meet regularly with other Christians to study God's word. My faith convinces me the prophesies in the Holy Bible are true. Published April 19, 2009

NORTH: Slashes at GM and civic duty

Julius Caesar was murdered by Brutus and his friends in the Roman legislature on the Ides of March 44 B.C. Free enterprise died at the hands of Barack and his friends in the American legislature on March 30, 2009. Published April 5, 2009

NORTH: Seize the crisis

On Nov. 9, Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, famously described the Obama administration's philosophy for governing. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it is an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." Published March 29, 2009

NORTH: Binding battle wounds

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" The Department of Veterans Affairs claims this is their "mission." The slogan - extracted from the last paragraph of Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural address - is proudly inscribed on a metal plaque at the entrance of the VA headquarters in Washington. Published March 22, 2009

NORTH: Nice guys get finished first?

"Can't we all get along ... let's try to work it out." That was Rodney King's plaintive plea in May 1992 after his highly controversial confrontation with the Los Angeles Police Department led to arson and anarchy. Now, 17 years later, the Obama administration has apparently made "just get along" their response to every national security test. So far, it has been the wrong answer. Published March 15, 2009

NORTH: Be happy

The Obama administration's remarkable inability to say or do the right things to aid our sinking economy, stay the collapse of our equities markets, or even build a competent Cabinet is now the stuff of cartoons, talk-show fodder and late-night comedy. Published March 8, 2009

NORTH: Truth and prose

Truth be told, President Barack Obama may be the most charismatic and articulate public speaker in America today. Give him carefully crafted prose, well-wrapped applause lines, a teleprompter and an audience and he will bring 'em to their feet, fired up, ready to charge the barricades. It is a gift and he uses it well. Published March 1, 2009

NORTH: Stealth surge

The economy is stuck on "meltdown." The new president's Cabinet still has vacancies. The ruling political party on Capitol Hill is obsessed with "pork," and the mainstream media is fixated on Ottawa's Obama-mania. Published February 22, 2009

NORTH: Failure to launch

From the day Barack Obama wrested the presidential nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton, his campaign became, according to those who were running it, "inevitable." Published February 15, 2009

NORTH: Stimulate defense

Last Wednesday, President Obama chastised the U.S. Senate to get on with delivering an "economic stimulus package," saying "failure to act, and act now, will turn a crisis into a catastrophe." Last week, Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives did their best - and passed the largest spending bill in history without a single Republican vote. Published February 8, 2009

NORTH: Troubling talk

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., is a dusty, windswept installation, high in the Mojave Desert. Though it is more than 150 miles from blue water, it is the world's largest U.S. Marine Base. Perhaps that is appropriate since this is the place where Marine units prepare for deployment to Afghanistan - which is more than 250 miles from blue water. Published February 1, 2009

NORTH: Clear and present danger

Now that the festivities are over, it is time for the masters of the media to stop asking inane questions of the new folks in town - like "how do you like your new office?" and for the Obama administration to get down to work on a clear and present danger. Published January 25, 2009

NORTH: The central front

With all the preparations for the biggest, most expensive and most restrictive Inaugural celebration in history, this is probably not the time to remind our president-elect of things he said and wrote, promises made or commitments pledged. Perhaps one of his new aides will clip and save this for his perusal later next week. Published January 18, 2009