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Oliver North Weighs in on the War in Iraq

Posted January 23, 2007

— Back from his eighth visit in Iraq, conservative political commentator Oliver North said Tuesday there are many positive things happening there, despite the news media's portrayal of the war.

For example, he says, Iraqi police officers are working along with U.S. troops to enforce laws and keep peace.

North also praised the troops he met, saying they are some of the brightest he has seen.

But North also said that President George W. Bush's recent decision to send an additional 21,500 U.S. soldiers to Iraq might not be the answer to the war, but only time will tell.

Instead, he says, the answer might lie in adding more Iraqi troops.

On the same day Bush addresses the nation in his annual State of the Union address, North was in Cary to speak at the Home Builder's Association of Raleigh-Wake County's 2007 Kickoff event.

When asked if there was anything he thought the president could say to get more support for the war, North said he didn't think so, in part, because the media does not support the president.

North rose to prominence in the mid-1980s during the Iran-Contra Affair, in which he was a key official involved in the sale of weapons to Iran to support the Contra rebel group, which opposed Nicaragua's government at the time.

He was sentenced in 1989 to a three-year suspended term in connection with the scandal, but the conviction was overturned in 1990.

In 1994, North unsuccessfully ran for the Senate as the Republican candidate in Virginia. Since then, he has written a number of books and worked as a syndicated columnist.

He currently hosts "War Stories," which airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on the Fox News Channel.

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  • bopeace1999 Jan 24, 2007

    Supplying rebels to overthrow a government makes him a hero. My, my how far we have come as a nation. NOT.

  • the original Milky Jan 24, 2007

    seriley1737 - What did Ollie do to deserve such a violent statement? I assume nothing. But, he's a conservative so you hate him just like all the other liberal hypocrites that preach against hate and violence. Why don't you go jump in the ditch.

  • Forgetaboutit Jan 24, 2007

    This gentleman is disturbing. Not sure why he gets an audience. Normally, I do not advocate capital punishment, but this man should be taken to the nearest ditch...and well

  • Matthew 19_21 Jan 24, 2007

    if a man convicted of lying to congress is your idea of a true american hero, you should think about raising your standards. You've made the word "hero" meaningless. The true American heros are those dying because of Bush's incompetence in Iraq

  • BIG YAWN Jan 24, 2007

    Ollie knows how to get someone else to do his dirty work. President Bush should have got his advice.

  • My2centsworth Jan 24, 2007

    A true American hero

  • fvb19562 Jan 24, 2007

    Big Ollie, looking for one last rah!