Oliver North Speaks in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/12/04

Oliver North Speaks in Lubbock

Just one day after the anniversary of 9/11, hundreds of Lubbockites listen to a respected war veteran and journalist reflect on our nation's war on terror.

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North spoke at the Lubbock Memorial Auditorium Sunday night. Oliver North is a combat decorated war veteran who served 22 years with the U.S. Marines. He is most widely remembered by Americans for his testimony before Congress during the Iran Contra scandal, but Sunday his message focused on faith and country.

Colonel North spoke to an intent crowd, that was hanging on his every word. He pointed out the political divisions the war on terror has caused, and at the same time, he made it clear he supports our country's role in Iraq.

Drawing from the bible for inspiration, he called upon our country to unite behind our troops and pray for them. He spoke of his respect for those troops and the valor he has witnessed firsthand during his five trips to Iraq's combat zones. Back at home, North says this country is a safer place since 9/11.

"Fighting in Baghdad is better than fighting in Lubbock. The idea is to push back the enemy, protect the homeland, as we've done with the Department of Homeland Security," says North.

Coming up Monday on NewsChannel 11, we'll have more with Colonel North including his take on President Bush as Commander in Chief and even his thoughts on the possibility of having John Kerry as president.

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