Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes in Special Operations."
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  • Common Sense: No Celebration for Gadhafi’s Death

    Pierre, South Dakota – The good news about Moammar Gadhafi’s demise arrived via my cellphone early Thursday morning. A friend from the Reagan administration, remembering the Libyan dictator’s attempt to kill my family, called to let me know and added, "You must be very glad to see this day." But it doesn’t seem to be a time for celebration.

  • Common Sense: Protests, Justice and Fruit Flies

    Washington, DC – Official Washington – meaning the Obama Administration, fellow travelers in Congress and their allies in the so-called mainstream media – here’s a quick peek at some recent events, the lead stories they generated and the response by the O-Team. Let me know if you think I’m wrong, but it looks to me like they have the collective attention span of a fruit fly.

  • Common Sense: A Decade of War

      Washington, DC – Ten years ago this week, America went to war in Afghanistan. At 1:00 PM on October 7, 2001, President George W. Bush told the world, “On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Friends and Enemies

    Afghan insurgent loyal to warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Irrelevant and Dangerous

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the United Nations in 2005 Washington, DC – Last week, this column prognosticated that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations General Assembly would be celebrated by those who hate America. That’s certainly true. So, | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Dancing the Ayatollahs’ Tune

    WASHINGTON — When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly, he will present himself as a great “humanitarian.” Many of the America haters at the U.N. will shower him with | Read More »

  • Common Sense: A Decade of War

    Marine with boy in Afghanistan WASHINGTON — Everyone older than 20 remembers whom he was with, what he was doing and how he learned we were at war that beautiful Tuesday morning a decade ago. Most of us recall a | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Deadlier Than Irene

    WASHINGTON — Some have described Hurricane Irene as “the most over-hyped event in history.” Americans in the Northeast who were flooded out of their homes and businesses and those without electricity, fuel or water don’t agree. But a U.S. official | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Irrational Behavior

    WASHINGTON — For most of the year, irrational behavior is a natural state in our nation’s capital. This is a place where potentates and politicians, lobbyists and legislators and the elite and the lowly routinely say and do completely irrational things.

  • Common Sense: Obama’s Mideast Mess

    Excerpt: Worse still, the Egyptian army, long regarded by Washington to be a stabilizing force in the region, now appears to be less capable of keeping radical Islamic terror elements in check. A pipeline across the Egyptian-controlled Sinai Desert – providing fuel to both Israel and Jordan – has been targeted five times since February. And this past week, terrorists killed eight Israelis and wounded 25 more near the Red Sea port of Eilat. Israeli security officials say the perpetrators were Hamas gunmen from Gaza who transited the Egyptian Sinai security zone into Israel.

  • Common Sense: Unfulfilled Expectations

    Washington, DC – Sixty-six years ago, Aug. 14, 1945, the bloodiest war in human history finally ended with a radio broadcast by President Harry S. Truman. Even before the instrument of surrender was formally signed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, plans to demobilize the 16 million American men and women in uniform were being carried out. Though the conflict claimed nearly 50 million lives – including more than 400,000 American dead and another 670,000 wounded – it was the beginning of an era of great expectations for our Greatest Generation; and its progeny.

  • Common Sense: Dereliction of Duty

    The potentates on the Potomac claim that President Barack Obama’s signature on the “debt deal” solves the immediate problems created by Washington’s spendthrift fiscal madness while “protecting America’s future.” Truth be told, it does neither. Here’s why. The arcane legislation | Read More »

  • Common Sense: The Forgotten War

    Iranian soldiers on parade Collectively, Washington has the attention span of a fruit fly. That’s why all we have heard about lately are the consequences of failing to raise the federal debt limit — action that has prompted no fewer | Read More »

  • Common Sense: The Empire Strikes Back

    GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. — “Will your Boykin hunt?” asked the young man, admiring the little red spaniel at my side. “Casey” wagged her tail and sat, patiently waiting for me to check out of the local farmers market with a | Read More »

  • Common Sense: It’s What We Do

    Read how North and the Freedom Alliance help wounded veterans and their families, including Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class LeRoy Petry and his family. Petry, an Army Ranger, is the veteran of six combat tours. During his multiple surgeries and other treatments for combat injuries he received financial assistance for travel expenses, so he could be with his family.

  • Afghanistan Pullout?

      Washington, D.C. – First the good news. The war in Afghanistan is being won. As our FOX News team saw on our most recent trip through the length and breadth of the country, the Taliban and their al Qaeda | Read More »

  • Tickets Home

    Excerpt: Lieutenant Colonel J.D. Harrill, the 2/8 battalion commander, is a hero in his own right – and so are his Marines and Navy Corpsmen. He was awarded the Silver Star, our nation’s third-highest award for valor, during the battle for Ramadi, Iraq. Back then, the capital of Anbar Province was the bloodiest place on earth. When he and his Marines arrived here in January, over half were already veterans of gunfights along the Euphrates River and in the shadows of the Hindu Kush. When they moved into this canal-laced heartland of the Taliban, they had to fight their way in.

  • The Drawdown From Afghanistan Begins

    CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan — Here on this NATO base — named in honor of Daniel W. Eggers, a U.S. Army special forces captain killed near Kandahar on May 29, 2004 — President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year is getting mixed reviews. Reactions from scores of U.S. and NATO personnel and Afghan soldiers and police officers with whom my Fox News’ “War Stories” team has spoken run the gamut from “It’s a deeper, faster cut than I expected” to “I guess we all knew this day was coming.” However, there is one opinion that is nearly universal: “We’d better not lose this war.”

  • What Does Victory in Afghanistan mean?

    WASHINGTON — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Defense Department appropriations bill, which would set up an independent, nonpartisan Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group to provide recommendations for future U.S. military missions | Read More »

  • Missing in Action

    PATRIOTS POINT, S.C. — Sixty-seven years ago this week, more than 155,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops assaulted German defenses in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord. The USS Laffey, the most decorated World War II destroyer in existence — normally | Read More »