"Oliver Laurence" “"Ollie"” "North" is a political commentator and television host, military historian, The New York Times Best Seller list/New York Times best-selling author, and a former United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (United States)/lieutenant colonel. North is primarily remembered for his term as a United States National Security Council/National Security Council staff member during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. The scandal involved the clandestine operation/clandestine sale of weapons to Iran, supposedly to encourage the release of U.S. hostages then held in Lebanon. North formulated the second part of the plan, which was to divert proceeds from the arms sales to United States and state-sponsored terrorism#The Contras/support the Contras/Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua (which had been specifically prohibited under the Boland Amendment). He was the host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel.

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