Tags: Afghanistan | Al-Qaida | Barack Obama | Bowe Bergdahl Freed | Hillary Clinton | Homeland Security | Iran | Middle East | North Korea | Russia | War on Terrorism

Oliver North: Obama, Hagel Out to Ruin US Military

Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 05:17 PM

Hillary Clinton boasts in her new memoir of a long list of accomplishments as secretary of state — but she really has only two and both are dubious, says retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.

"The reality of it is this secretary of state who is bragging about her accomplishments did one thing that no secretary of state has ever done before,'' North told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"She not only burned up more jet fuel than any previous secretary of state, she is the only American secretary of state to ever visit Togo,'' he said Tuesday.

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North — host of Fox News' "War Stories" and co-author of the thriller "Counterfeit Lies," published by Threshold Editions — also continued his criticism of the Obama administration's trade of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban militants.

"These five terrorists are the 'Fab Five' of the Taliban — bloody, brutal, horrendous war criminals,'' North said.

"Every American traveling overseas right now is at risk of being kidnapped and being held for an exchange of some despicable Islamic radical somewhere in the world.''

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shares the blame, North says.

"Sadly enough, Chuck Hagel signed on to be the secretary of defense in an administration that is taking the finest military from being the most competent, capable, best educated, and combat-experienced in history right down . . ." he said.

"Chuck Hagel is part of that. He's part of the social radicalization of our military. He is part of taking us out of the fight. Somebody needs to stand up and say, 'You know what, if you continue this 'progress,' we're not going to be able to get peace through strength.'''

North says the administration is inviting the nation's adversaries to "come after us time and time again.''

"Those adversaries are in places like Vladimir Putin's Russia, in China, North Korea, and certainly in Iran,'' North said.

North, a platoon commander during the Vietnam War, also spoke about the five U.S. service members killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, helping to ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them in a case of "friendly fire.''

"It happens, terrible mistakes happen . . . War is a terrible thing. Terrible accidents happen in war,'' he said.

The one great thing about our military is when something like this happens . . . we acknowledge it. We're not going to bury that under the rug,'' he said.

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