Oliver North

Recipient of the Purple Heart medal Oliver North

Oliver Laurence North is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, political commentator, television host, military historian, and New York Times best-selling author. He is currently the host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel. North was at the center of national attention during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s.
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2012

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Trump to 'get an earful' from Netanyahu, Pope Francis?
Fox News - 9 months
Col. Oliver North previews trip
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Oliver North: Syria strike was proportional, vital response
Fox News - 11 months
'War Stories' host provides insight
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Oliver North: McMaster is my kind of leader
Fox News - about 1 year
Fox News military analyst explains
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The Iconic Hollywood Sign Got A Dope Makeover For The New Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Author William Novak Says Laughter Is The Best Holiday Gift
Huffington Post - about 1 year
William Novak has co-authored the memoirs of Nancy Reagan, Magic Johnson, Oliver North, and Tip O'Neill. His co-written Lee Iacocca book broke sales records and triggered a revolution in non-fiction. These days, Bill Novak has turned his attention from celebrities to the lighter side of life. The release of his latest book -- Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks -- gave us a chance to talk about one of our favorite subjects, laughter. Q) Have you always told jokes? A) I would love to tell you that I was one of the class clowns, but I wasn't. I was the guy who really appreciated the class clowns and wanted to be their friend. I just loved to laugh. I adored MAD Magazine as a kid. I was crazy about Saturday Night Live, especially in the early years. And I loved the comedians on Ed Sullivan. Of course I'm hardly unique in this respect. Most of us love to laugh. Q) Were jokes better back then? A) We seem to be losing jokes from our national culture. Today's comed...
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This is awkward…
Fox News - over 1 year
It was awkward when VP Cheney became Vice President and I had to figure out how to address his wife.  Lynne and I had worked together for years at CNN and when we sat in adjoining make up chairs at CNN, I addressed her as Lynn. Out of respect for the office of the Vice President of the United States, I started addressing her as Mrs. Cheney.  At first it felt phony but over the years I got accustomed to addressing her formally and now it would be awkward if I were to see her and call her Lynne. The foregoing brings me to Donald Trump.  I have never socialized with him (I never socialized with Lynne Cheney even when we were work colleagues.)  When years ago he first appeared on ON THE RECORD I called him Donald.  I am not sure why I addressed him informally from the start but it felt more natural.  Perhaps because of his fame, he is like Cher, Oprah and Madonna, people with first names only. As is my custom on TV, I usually address people by their titles, or formally.  Only recent...
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From San Bernardino to Brussels, terror victims share somber bond - In 'War Stories: Fighting ISIS,' Fox News takes hard look at the battle of our time - Oliver North: Fight to win or don't fight
Fox News - almost 2 years
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Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire: But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution, trying to bring the parties at stake in Syria together. This is the kind of compulsive lying that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close. In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton's insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) n...
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VIDEO: Why Recapturing Ramadi from ISIS Is Important
Fox News - about 2 years
Iraqi forces have warned civilians to leave Ramadi. Lt. Col. Oliver North went ON THE RECORD on why it’s important for US-aided Iraqi forces to take Ramadi back from ISIS The post VIDEO: Why Recapturing Ramadi from ISIS Is Important appeared first on Gretawire.
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This Is What It Looks Like When The U.S. Ignores A Refugee Crisis
Huffington Post - over 2 years
As Jorge Alberto Rosal drove along a highway through the Guatemalan province of Zacapa on Aug. 12, 1983, a military jeep stopped his vehicle and several plainclothes men forced him to get inside their truck instead.   His wife, Blanca Vargas de Rosal, called the police when he didn't return home that night. When they didn’t find him, she desperately searched detention centers, military bases, hospitals and, eventually, morgues, trying to find her husband, a 28-year-old agronomist. She never did. Blanca was two months pregnant. Her daughter, María Luisa, was only 9 months old. “The memories that I have are collected memories,” María Luisa Rosal told The Huffington Post earlier this year. “From my grandparents, my mom, my cousins, the people that knew him… Most of them talk about how brilliant he was. And how loving he was. And how fair.” The Guatemalan government acknowledged responsibility for the disappearance of Jorge in a settlement with the Inter-American Commission on...
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Oliver North sounds off on lack of media access to US forces
Fox News - almost 3 years
Effort to 'censor the news'
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VIDEO: Military Raises Alert Level, But Are We Safe?
Fox News - almost 3 years
Watch Col. Oliver North give his perspective ON THE RECORD and weigh in! The post VIDEO: Military Raises Alert Level, But Are We Safe? appeared first on Gretawire.
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Congratulations to Lt. Col. Oliver North – he just welcomed his 16th grandchild (a boy)!
Fox News - almost 3 years
The post Congratulations to Lt. Col. Oliver North – he just welcomed his 16th grandchild (a boy)! appeared first on Gretawire.
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Col. Oliver North talks hosting 'Saving Private K-9'
Fox News - almost 3 years
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A “mini-marathon” of WAR STORIES W/ OLIVER NORTH starts tonight at 8pm/ET on Fox Business!
Fox News - almost 3 years
The post A “mini-marathon” of WAR STORIES W/ OLIVER NORTH starts tonight at 8pm/ET on Fox Business! appeared first on Gretawire.
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VIDEO: ‘Proxy War’ in Yemen – and the US Is in the Middle
Fox News - almost 3 years
Watch Lt. Col. Oliver North give his perspective on tonight’s ON THE RECORD and weigh in. The post VIDEO: ‘Proxy War’ in Yemen – and the US Is in the Middle appeared first on Gretawire.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Oliver North
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    In 2014 he received story credit for an episode of the TV series The Americans where the protagonist Soviet spies infiltrate a Contra training base in the United States.
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  • 2012
    Age 68
    North was credited as a military consultant in the 2012 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II and voiced himself in one level of the game.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 55
    He also served as co-host of Equal Time on MSNBC for a couple of years starting in 1999.
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  • 1995
    Age 51
    From 1995 to 2003, he was host of his own nationally syndicated radio program known as the Oliver North Radio Show or Common Sense Radio.
  • 1994
    Age 50
    This was the biggest accumulation of direct-mail funds for a statewide campaign to that date, and it made North the top direct-mail political fundraiser in the country in 1994.
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    In the 1994 election, North unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate as the Republican Party candidate in Virginia.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 47
    After further hearings on the immunity issue, Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    North performed some of his community service within Potomac Gardens, a public housing project in Southeast Washington, D.C. However, on July 20, 1990, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), North's convictions were vacated, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony.
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    During his trial, North spent his last two years on active duty assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. He resigned his Marine Corps commission in 1990 following his indictment for conspiring to defraud the United States by channeling the profits from US arms sales to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
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  • 1989
    Age 45
    He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell on July 5, 1989, to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines, and 1,200 hours of community service.
    He was indicted on 16 felony counts, and on May 4, 1989, he was initially convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and ordering the destruction of documents through his secretary, Fawn Hall.
  • 1988
    Age 44
    North was tried in 1988.
  • 1987
    Age 43
    In July 1987, North was summoned to testify before televised hearings of a joint congressional committee that was formed to investigate Iran–Contra.
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    On February 11, 1987, the FBI detected an attack on North's family from the Peoples Committee for Libyan Students, a sleeper cell for the Islamic Jihad, with an order to kill North.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    In November 1986, as the sale of weapons was made public, North was dismissed by President Ronald Reagan.
    In an August 23, 1986, e-mail to National Security Advisor John Poindexter, North described a meeting with a representative of Panamanian General Manuel Noriega: "You will recall that over the years Manuel Noriega in Panama and I have developed a fairly good relationship," North writes before explaining Noriega's proposal.
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    While also at the NSC, he helped plan the U.S. invasion of Grenada and the 1986 Bombing of Libya.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983, North received his promotion to lieutenant colonel, which would be his last. During his tenure at the NSC, North managed a number of missions. This included leading the hunt for those responsible for the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 299 American and French military personnel, an effort that saw North arranging a midair interception of an EgyptAir jet carrying those responsible for the Achille Lauro hijacking.
  • 1981
    Age 37
    North began his assignment to the National Security Council (NSC) in Washington, D.C., where he served as the deputy director for political–military affairs from 1981 until his reassignment in 1986.
    He attended the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated in 1981.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    North was promoted to captain in 1971 and served as the commanding officer of the U.S. Marine Corps' Northern Training Area in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
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  • 1970
    Age 26
    In 1970, North returned to South Vietnam to testify at the trial of LCpl Randy Herrod, a U.S. Marine formerly under his command who had been charged with the mass killing of Vietnamese civilians.
  • 1968
    Age 24
    He received his commission as second lieutenant in 1968 (he missed a year due to injuries from an auto accident).
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  • 1967
    Age 23
    In 1967, North married Betsy Stuart; they have four children.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    While at Brockport, North spent a summer at the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1963.
  • 1961
    Age 17
    He grew up in Philmont, New York, and graduated from Ockawamick Central High School in 1961.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    North was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 7, 1943.
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