As the U.S.-Iranian conflict continues to grab the attention of Americans, Oliver North joined AgriTalk host Chip Flory to give farmers some perspective on the situation. North is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and widely considered an expert on the region going back to the 1980's, Iran's taking of American hostages and ultimately the Iran Contra Affair.
“The perspective he can put on the tension we’re dealing with in the middle east right now, it’s a really timely conversion,” Flory said Thursday.
North and Flory covered a wide variety of topics ranging from the killing of Qassem Suleimani, President Trump’s recent address, the war powers legislation in the House of Representatives this week, and the greatest risk to America today.
“I don't think that [Iran] is as big a threat as they could be, particularly if they end up with nuclear weapons,” North said. “And that's, of course, what the President's promise is never going to happen on his watch. Which is wise.”
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According to North, the problem with Iran isn’t the people, but it’s the government.
“What you've got is a very, very radical Islamic radical government. Their goal stated very clearly, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps goal in life in its existence ever since 1979 is to drive Westerners out of the lands of the Prophet. And that means that infidels like you, me and Davis, and most of the people out there in the Midwest of America, don't fit out there and they want us to get out,” he explained.
While some have noted how many Iranians turned out for Suleimani’s funeral as a sign of support, North says it was manufactured.
“When Joe Stalin wanted a crowd of people in the streets of Moscow. All he did was snap his fingers and the city black wardens turn them out. Fidel Castro, the same thing. Same thing is going on right now down in Venezuela. I mean, the Sandinistas could do that in Nicaragua any day they wanted. And that's what the government does take, they call them into the mosques. The Ayatollahs direct them what time to be where and protest, whatever it is they want protested. And of course, one of the enforcers of all that was Suleimani,” North said. “Suleimani killed not just hundreds of Americans with his improvised explosive devices. But he also killed a lot of Iranians who had the temerity to stand up and protest going all the way back to right after the revolution as a young revolutionary. It's a safer world without him.”
North said Trump called Iran’s bluff this week.
“One of the magnificent things about what President Trump did is he called their bluff. He gave it what I thought was a Reagan-esque presentation yesterday. I said that last night on Hannity. Ronald Reagan, I still think he's the best president my lifetime. But comparing him to what Trump did yesterday is very much like what Ronald Reagan did in 1986 when [he told Gaddafi] don't kill any more Americans. That stopped it,” he said. “In this particular case, Iran is a much more powerful country than Libya ever was, and a much greater threat quite frankly.”
The biggest threat to America by North’s estimation? Nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea or Iran.