Oliver North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North

North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North

American U.S. Marine, National Security Council Aide, Politician, Soldier, Military Historian and Author

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What's been happening in Iraq, what young Americans wearing flak jackets, helmets and flight suits have done is... created the circumstances under which Iraq can become our closest ally in that part of the world and still have a representative government. And that's going to be a very good thing considering what's going on in that neighborhood.

When you're told to go brief a United States senator on a covert operation, you go do it. And you trust the information isn't going to leak.

Without any intended hubris, I've lead a pretty exciting life. What I've tried to do in Mission Compromised is draw on those experiences to create a sense of excitement and realism within the story.

Women are changing Iraq. Think about this: young Americans wearing flak jackets and helmets have become the protectors of Muslim women and children. That's what going to change that culture. It's not going to be a Jeffersonian democracy. But women are not going into business, into politics... to have their kids grow up to become suicide terrorists.

Writers are storytellers. So are readers.

We've got a very difficult situation created by this embrace of the so-called Arab Spring. And that's not getting better. It's getting worse. The carnage for the people of Syria is horrific, and it's quite frankly too little, too late to reverse a lot of that.

What a wonderful gift you have here in the Valley.

What I am saying to you, and you know what I'm talking about, what they are confronted with.

Bill Clinton is not my commander-in-chief.

I'm a military guy. I'm not a political character.

The American people need to tell their member of Congress that we need a strong defense to protect us and to prevent wars. We can't get away with simply leading from behind and gutting our defenses.

Didn't you notice, mate? You got the wrong one. He's Iraqi!

I'm still in touch with a lot people who continue to serve our country well.

The corpsman put the wounded man in the helicopter and made a gesture.

He will be regarded as one of the greatest leaders this country has ever had, ... He knew who he was, who we are as a people, and had an enthusiasm -- a great confidence for the innate goodness of this nation.

I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.

The good Lord gave me eight grandchildren, and I am convinced that through schools like Desert Christian that we are going to overwhelm the adversaries, not just with bombs and bullets, but with the demonstration of Christian principles,

I came here to tell you the truth, the good, the bad and the ugly.

In my first book, Under Fire, I wrote that I revered Ronald Reagan. That was a dozen years ago. I still feel that way. I think he changed the world for the better for my children and my children's children.

The lesson of Pearl Harbor ought never to be forgotten, and of course the motto that came from that, 69 years ago, the war which my dad fought, was 'Remember Pearl Harbor, never again.' We need to keep that to mind.

I can remember as a young lieutenant being sent into the DMZ in the divided Vietnam, from North Vietnam.

In North Korea, grass is a vegetable eaten by the people, and they've got nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. So, something more stringent than what's been done to North Korea is going to have to work; otherwise, a military strike is the only option.

The National Security Council's real role is to coordinate the various activities of the government of the United States in the furtherance of American foreign policy.

I don't think there is another person in America that wants to tell this story as much as I do.

In uniform, I had to make judgments about the best course of action in combat when the only choices were 'bad' or 'worse.' As a member of the media, I only had to decide how to get the best 'shot' - preferably without getting shot.

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American U.S. Marine, National Security Council Aide, Politician, Soldier, Military Historian and Author