This traitor, who should be pounding rocks at Leavenworth for his treason, has instead been hailed as a hero in winger circles. That isn’t shocking, of course; wingers wrap themselves in the flag and wipe their asses with the Constitution all the time, and Oliie was one of the biggest wipers in the bunch. UCMJ and the United States Constitution be DAMNED! Ollie did what HE wanted to! Yay Hero!!!

Any objective analysis of what Oliie did while working in Saint Ronnie’s NSC ends with the realization that he should have been Court-Martialed, sentenced to life, and had himself a second conviction and sentence for perjuring himself to Congress. His perjury, in one of those perverse little twists of life, is ultimately what set him free. The US Constitution protects you from having testimony given under immunity thrown back at you later, so this drug-dealing, lying felon was given a pass by the same Constitution that he shit all over.  North rejoiced, as did the Iranians and Central American drug cartel members. They had all had very satisfactory business dealings with Ollie, after all.

And here we find ourselves, a quarter of a century later. A lot of things have changed, but Ollie hasn’t changed a bit. He’s every bit the dishonest scum he always was.

For his column about Memorial Day, Oliver North turned to a “dear friend” — an Army vet and Medal of Honor recipient named Sammy L. Davis. North asked Davis to explain why it was important for veterans to travel to Washington to honor those who died in the Vietnam War.

Davis, according to North, responded thusly: “Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.”

Davis went on, wrote North, adding: “I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.”


An eloquent thought. Except it has been expressed before. And not by Davis or North.


The comments in question are a verbatim copy of a first-person passage written by another Vietnam War veteran, Michael Norman, about his own experiences. The lines appear in Norman’s 1990 memoir, “These Good Men: Friendships Forged in War.” The two paragraphs were Norman’s reflection on his fellow soldiers.


How did Norman’s words end up attributed to a man who never said them? A mistake? Or a case of plagiarism?


The question continues to rile Norman. He said he was still waiting for an explanation from North, Davis and Fox News, which employs North as a program host and published his Memorial Day column on its Fox News Insider Web site. The site promotes Fox’s programs and news personalities.


“I’d just like them to give a clear account of how this happened,” said Norman, a former New York Times reporter who is a journalism professor at New York University. “So far, they’ve been anything but clear.”


After a reporter brought the 1990 passage to Fox’s attention last week, the company took the un­or­tho­dox step of scrubbing the quotation and reposting North’s column, which is syndicated by Creators Syndicate. It appended an editor’s note that mentioned, without explanation, that the paragraphs had been removed and that North had included them “through no fault of his own.” The note also credited Norman.


Early this week, the company removed the column from the Web site altogether, also without explanation. It also no longer appears in Fox’s online archive of North’s work.


Now tell me this ain’t some shit straight out of “1984.” Newspeak at its finest.

Right wingers sure pick themselves some damn curious heroes, don’t they?


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