Oliver North: Others In History's Spotlight

History's Spotlight OLIVER NORTH A Lone Ranger or Just a Good Soldier?

The Washington scandal does not yet have a memorable name, but it does have a face. It is a boyishly all-American face, the clear-eyed, clean-cut face that might be that of the second leading man in a 1940s war movie -- the intensely earnest but good-natured copilot who refuses to bail out under enemy fire. A face that appears, at first glance, to be a map of old-fashioned American virtues.

In many ways, Marine Lieut. Colonel Oliver North seems to be a throwback to that era of fireside chats and Rita Hayworth pinups, a time when no one seemed to question...

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