Oliver North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North

Oliver
North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North
1943

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

Author Quotes

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.

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.

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.

The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to radical Islam since before they came to office. If you look at everything that's transpired since the famous Cairo speech in 2009, it's all been an embrace of those who are the most radical elements in that part of the world. That is not a good sign for America's foreign policy.

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.

In World War II, the book you have in front of you, it was said and it is probably true, that there was not a single American who did not know the name of somebody serving in uniform.

The teachers that teach here could make more money. The staff could do something else.

I like to tell people that I have the best job in the media. All I do is hang around with heroes. I do that every week for my 'War Stories' documentary series - and when FOX News wants - I go off and cover the young Americans we send to places like Afghanistan or Iraq.

It drove reporters nuts... What was on the card?

The terrorists that we are up against today do not rely upon cell phones and SAT phones and emails. They rely on couriers. You cannot intercept what a courier is telling somebody.

I never considered myself a fall guy. I know what I did. I know why I did it. I'm not ashamed of it.

It's not just talking the talk. ? It's walking the walk. The word of God inspires in ways you can't even imagine. Don't wait until the age of 35 to figure it out like I did.

The United Nations passed so-called sanctions again on North Korea, and they've said they 'will exercise their preemptive right to a nuclear attack.' I don't think this ought to be taken kindly.

I think as a rifle platoon and company commander your view is about 1,000 meters in front of you and you hope you can cover that ground and not have to back up and give it up again.

It's one thing to say don't commit atrocities on the battlefield. It's another thing to say don't get caught doing atrocities.

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First Name
Oliver
Last Name
North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North
Birth Date
1943
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American U.S. Marine, National Security Council Aide, Politician, Soldier, Military Historian and Author