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Lt. Col. Oliver North; USMC (Ret.)

COMMON SENSE: Mission Impossible

The commander in chief's December 1 lecture at the U.S. Military Academy has to go down in history as one of the strangest presentations ever offered by a wartime president.

 

A New Year's Message from Oliver North

For most of us, the end of one year and the beginning of another is a time to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future.  This past year, my FOX News team and I were embedded with America’s finest: the men and women of our Armed Forces, during our 16th trip to report on the fight against radical Islamic terror. It has been my great blessing to have spent most of my life in the company of real American heroes, all our soldiers, sail

COMMON SENSE: Suicide Pact

This week [20 November], while "the most traveled president in history" was on his latest foreign adventure and bowing to Japanese Emperor Akihito, the rest of the O-Team was busy kowtowing to political correctness. The headlines tell the story:

 

A Christmas Message from LtCol Oliver North

Dear Proud American, “I immediately reached down – up, really, since I was upside down – for my legs.  I could tell they were gone.”
An American Hero, 25-year-old Lt Dan, recalls what happened to him in August, when an IED blew up under him, in Kandahar province, near the

COMMON SENSE: Quiet, Please

Eight years ago this week [9 October], just 25 days after the vicious attacks of 9/11, the U.S. struck back at the Taliban and al Qaida in Afghanistan. Thirty-three days later, U.S.-supported Northern Alliance troops were in Kabul, and the remnants of al Qaida and its Taliban hosts were in retreat to Kandahar and mountain redoubts along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border.

COMMON SENSE

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan. We're with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion in southern Helmand Province, just 75 kilometers from Pakistan, in "battle space" that was the heart of Taliban territory until a few weeks ago. When these Marines fought their way into this dusty district capital in July, the Taliban were stunned. No Afghan government or coalition authorities had been here since 2002.

COMMON SENSE: Chasing Olympic Gold

Chasing Olympic Gold WASHINGTON -- At the conclusion of the 1939 movie "Gone With the Wind," Vivien Leigh, playing Scarlett O'Hara, defers decision on what to do about the major crisis in her life with this sentence: "After all, tomorrow is another day." Unfortunately, the Obama White House seems to have adopted Scarlett's decision-making process for the war in Afghanistan. Note to the O-Team: Kabul isn't Tara -- and Americans are dying while the commander in chief dithers. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, a full month after Gen.

COMMON SENSE

Racing through the Phoenix airport, a Wall Street Journal headline immediately captured my eye: "Taliban Now Winning." I grabbed the newspaper and headed for my flight. By the time I arrived in Washington, I had a half-dozen e-mails from my Fox News colleagues asking for my assessment of the situation. There was also a "be prepared" message from my boss alerting me to pack my kit for another trip to the Hindu Kush.

COMMON SENSE

It took the Obama administration eight days to figure out whether Iranians being gunned down for protesting a fraudulent election and demanding basic civil liberties deserved to be acknowledged by the president of the United States. It took the O-Team 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.

COMMON SENSE

“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 Latin print and had greeted us pleasantly when we 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.

COMMON SENSE

It is said that there are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge. And then there is Harold Koh, the man who is likely to be the next legal adviser to the State Department. Koh most recently served as dean of the Yale Law School and before that as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Clinton administration. He is a prolific author and a legal activist of the left.

COMMON SENSE

The traveling, never-ending campaign road show came home this week [10 April]. The president of the United States is back in Washington from his "I like you, you like me" excellent adventure in Europe and "surprise" trip to Baghdad. It was nice of POTUS to thank the troops. He should have bowed to them instead of to King Abdullah.

 

COMMON SENSE

WASHINGTON. “Can 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 apparently has made “get along” its response to every national security test.

COMMON SENSE: FAILURE TO LAUNCH

From the day that Barack Obama wrested the presidential nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton, his presidency became, according to those who were running his campaign, inevitable. Even before winning the election, he began assembling a much-vaunted “team of rivals” to guide U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Though his running mate, then-Sen.

COMMON SENSE: THE CENTRAL FRONT

Please be advised that this was written just before the inauguration.