It was "unconscionable" for The New York Times to publish an op-ed piece linking U.S. veterans to the Ku Klux Klan, basing the argument on a white supremacist and veteran charged with the April 13 killing of three people at Jewish centers in Kansas, Oliver North said.
In the article titled "Veterans and White Supremacy,"
Kathleen Belew wrote Tuesday, "The return of veterans from combat appears to correlate more closely with Klan membership than any other historical factor."
The alleged gunman, Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, had a history of ties to the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist organizations. North, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer, described the commentary as a "typical New York Times unconscionable strike back at those who served in our military."
The attack was representative of the attitudes of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry about the men and women who served to protect the country, North told "Fox & Friends."
"It's all part of that same Obama-Kerry narrative about the Vietnam War, those of us who fought in it. And quite frankly, those who protect our country today," North, a Fox News military analyst, said Friday.
Kerry also served in Vietnam during the war but later publicly opposed the conflict.
North said the Obama administration should be "demanding a retraction" for the article.
"Where is the outrage from the secretary of Veterans Affairs? Where is the outrage from the Department of Defense, the secretary of defense?" North asked. "How about the commander in chief, who ought to be out standing up for the troops?"
The military comprised "the best and the bravest of their generation," North said. He said the response should be gratitude for their service.
"We ought to get down on our knees over Easter week and thank God that we had people willing to serve our country in a time of great divisiveness, and yet stood up and did their duty," he said.
North noted that the accused Kansas gunman had been "dismissed from the Army because he had those kinds of activities in his background." He said the military screened prospective service members to "prevent those kinds of people from coming in the military."
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