published Friday, April 15th, 2011

Oliver North criticizes U.S. on Libya policy


by Kelli Gauthier
Seth Flores, left, a student at Bryan College, talks to Oliver North, a former Marine Corps officer, Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  North was speaking at a fundraiser for the Bryan Opportunity program, a scholarship that Flores has received for four years.
Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Seth Flores, left, a student at Bryan College, talks to Oliver North, a former Marine Corps officer, Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention Center. North was speaking at a fundraiser for the Bryan Opportunity program, a scholarship that Flores has received for four years. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

The United States’ strategy to deal with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hasn’t worked so far because there isn’t an actual plan, former U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North said at a fundraiser here Thursday.

“The bottom line of it is if the goal is to get rid of [Gadhafi], then they ought to get rid of him; there’s ways of doing that. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what they seem to want to do,” he said Thursday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “If you’re going to do it, for heaven’s sake, get it done. Dragging this thing out is just disastrous for the people of Libya.”

North, a combat-wounded and decorated former U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, now works as a political commentator, best-selling author and host of Fox News’ “War Stories with Oliver North.”

He was put in the national spotlight in the 1980s when, as a member of Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council, he was involved in selling weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages from Lebanon.

North, 68, also has personal connections to Gadhafi, whose People’s Committee for Libyan Students were sent in 1987 to kill North, his wife and his children, he said. The FBI intercepted the would-be assassins, North said, but his family had to leave their home and live under the protection of federal agents for several months.

“The history between Mr. Gadhafi and me is not a good one,” he said.

North spoke to a crowd of about 500 Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention Center during an event to raise money for the Bryan College Opportunity fund, a needs-based scholarship for Tennessee students.

Students with at least a 3.0 grade-point average, a score of 21 or higher on the ACT and whose family income is under $35,000 are eligible for the scholarship. The students must apply for all available state and federal grants, and the Opportunity Fund will cover the difference between that amount and Bryan’s tuition. This year 56 of Bryan’s 850 student body participated in the program.

Tickets to hear North speak were $50, and school leaders hoped to raise an additional $150,000 in donations to meet their $275,000 goal for next year’s fund.

Bryan President Stephen Livesay said North is “an American hero in so many ways.”

“We need to see men with strong family values, integrity and leadership. ... He fits in well with the mission of the school,” Livesay said.

Seth Flores, a senior Bible major from Memphis, has gone to Bryan tuition-free for four years thanks to the Opportunity Fund. He said he appreciated people like North and the scholarship donors giving their time and money.

“The idea that people are willing to invest in Christian young people really means the world to me,” Flores said.

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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librul said...

Oliver North should be in prison - playing poker with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and dozens of other warmongering, neocon snakes. No offense to snakes.

April 15, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Bryan President Stephen Livesay said North is “an American hero in so many ways.”

“We need to see men with strong family values, integrity and leadership. ... He fits in well with the mission of the school,” Livesay said.

OLIVER NORTH may be a good husband and father, but he's not a man of integrity or leadership. He lied, suborned the U.S. Constitution, subverted the foreign policy of the country, and spread war around the globe on his own agenda. He is a disgrace to American democracy. I challenge Bryan College to rethink their values the next time they invite a speaker. There are plenty of patriotic conservatives out there who have principles and morals.

"No arms for hostages; no negotiation with terrorists." BAH!

April 15, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.
tnfa50 said...

Oliver North is a Felon. He was infamous in the military for subverting his chain of command in attempting to further his career. The fact that so many conservatives consider him a hero says much.

September 26, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
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