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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: Gas pains

    WASHINGTON — One year ago this week, I wrote a column titled “Crude Cruelty,” which covered a jump in the cost of motor fuel and a corresponding spike in prices for food and rising unemployment. Government “experts” attributed the bad | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Another apology, another disaster

      Washington, DC – On Feb. 20, a NATO-Afghan security team at the Parwan Detention Center – adjacent to the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul – began destroying files, books and documents from the detention facility library. The printed | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Suffrage in Somalia

    Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole MOGADISHU, Somalia — There are few success stories here in this tortured country on the eastern coast of Africa. For nearly two decades, this drought-ravaged land and the long-suffering Somali people have been “off the | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Shocked & Surprised

    Washington, DC – Twenty-three years ago this week, Iran’s self-appointed supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, broadcast a religious edict declaring that author Salman Rushdie and his publishers were “hereby sentenced to death.” The fatwa also called for “all the intrepid | Read More »

  • Common Sense: A matter of conscience

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio (far right), Archbishop of Military Services, lights the candles of (left to right) Lt. Col. Rives Duncan, Lt. Col. David Pendleton, Lt. Col. Mark Rowan and Capt. Carlos Brito, all chaplains in the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, | Read More »

  • Common Sense: SOTU surrender

    As he walked into the House chamber on Tuesday evening, the president already knew that U.S. special operators had rescued two hostages held by Somali terrorists. He has been told repeatedly by those who carry out these high-risk missions that they want to remain anonymous.

  • Common Sense: Red Lines

    The effect of White House ambivalence and incompetence is that Iran — the world’s foremost purveyor of terror — will acquire nuclear weapons in the days ahead. When that happens, reopening the Strait of Hormuz to ensure the world’s supply of energy will become a perilous affair.

  • Common Sense: Missing the Mark – Again

       Marines on patrol in Afghanistan Washington, DC – Our so-called mainstream media have launched a new anti-military feeding frenzy. The furor is over a crude 39-second video showing four Marines apparently urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Strategic Capitulation

    Washington, DC – The U.S. military better get ready to do a whole lot more with a whole lot less. That’s the bottom line of the so-called “new strategic guidance” issued this week by Mr. Obama during a brief visit | Read More »

  • 2012: A Tumultuous Year To Come

    To Israelis, the expression “Never Again” isn’t a political slogan.

  • Common Sense: Christmas 2011

    Bluemont, VA – Four years ago, this annual Christmas column was written from Baquba, Iraq while our FOX News “War Stories” team was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and special operations units operating against the Iranian-supported Mahdi | Read More »

  • Christmas 2011

    These are the U.S. troops stationed overseas — from the Balkans to the Korean peninsula — many of them in the most difficult and dangerous places on earth.

  • Common Sense: Iraq – Victory or Defeat?

    Washington, DC – They are coming home. For the first time since March 19, 2003, there are no U.S. combat or combat support troops in Iraq. There is still a contingent of U.S. Marines guarding the biggest American embassy in | Read More »

  • Common Sense: Does Anybody Remember Pearl Harbor?

    The White House vetoed plans by military commanders to recover or destroy an errant remotely piloted aircraft before the Iranians could get their hands on the high-tech device. Meanwhile, the U.S. defense budget is being savaged in Congress. Washington has clearly forgotten to Remember Pearl Harbor.

  • Common Sense: Incendiary Iran

    Though most of the Marines here are recent veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, their present focus is on the next trouble spots. Thanks to inept national security planning in Washington, there are more vulnerabilities today than there were just three years ago. At the top of the list: Iran.

  • Common Sense: Thanksgiving 2011

    Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA – Anyone who wonders what to be thankful for this holiday season need only visit a nearby military base. On the eve of Thanksgiving, our FOX News War Stories team came to this sprawling Marine base south of our nation’s capital to shoot interviews for an upcoming documentary. What we saw and heard inspired us all.

  • Common Sense: The Next War

    Jupiter, FL – Not one of the old "frogmen" or young SEALs who gathered this week at the nearby National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum for their annual Muster want to see another war. Those who came here are veterans of combat spanning from World War II to the present war in Iraq and Afghanistan to numerous other unnamed fights around the globe.

  • Common Sense: The Heroes of 2011

    Clovis, CA – This little town, not far from Fresno, may be a perfect place to observe Veterans Day as our nation closes a decade of war. A quiet San Joaquin Valley community in the heart of our most populous state, Clovis has lost ten of its sons – eight of them from Buchanan High School – in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Common Sense: Sideshow and Sabotage

    Washington, DC – Our head of state is now in Cannes, France, at the G-20 summit, gallivanting with elites from the planet’s most powerful economies. For the first time since his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama isn’t the center of attention.

  • Common Sense: Republicans and Risks

    U.S. Virgin Islands — We arrived at a tiny outpost on St. Thomas on Oct. 26. As we stepped ashore, the gentleman beside me said, “28 years ago at this very minute, I was lining up my ‘thirsty’ A-7 to land on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) not far from here. It was day two of Operation Urgent Fury. We were flying nonstop close air support missions for troops in contact on the island of Grenada.”