3 Nov 2007

Oliver North So Eager To Attack Iran, He Gets The Facts Wrong

In his zeal to attack Iran, convicted liar Oliver North (his conviction was overturned on a technicality) got his facts wrong about Iran in a way that conveniently made them seem more villainous. Was North lying or just mistaken? We report, you decide!

News Hounds (We watch FOX so you don't have to.): Oliver North So Eager To Attack Iran, He Gets The Facts Wrong

Remember Ollie?

North came into the public spotlight due to his participation in the Iran-Contra Affair, in which he was the chief coordinator of the sale of weapons via intermediaries to Iran, with the profits being channeled to the Contras in Nicaragua. He was responsible for the establishment of a covert network used for the purposes of aiding the Contras. U.S. funding of the Contras by appropriated funds spent by intelligence agencies had been prohibited by the Boland Amendment. Funding was facilitated through Palmer National Bank of Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1983 by Harvey McLean, Jr. (a businessman from Shreveport, Louisiana; a Republican who had worked in George Bush's 1980 presidential election campaign) and Stefan Halper (who assisted on the same campaign as McLean, and was George Bush's foreign-policy advisor. Halper was later accused of masterminding a number of dirty tricks against the Carter campaign). It was initially funded with $2.8 million dollars to McLean from Herman K. Beebe. Oliver North used this bank during the Iran-Contra scandal by funneling money from his shell organization, the "National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty", through Palmer National Bank to the Contras. (Wikipedia)