JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Former US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, National Security Council staff member during the Reagan Administration, was in Johnson City today on a book tour promoting his newest novel Counterfeit Lies.
North, perhaps best known for his role in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980's is the current host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel and a military analyst.
Col. North told News 5 that has some questions following the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
"Someone had to have paid a ransom to the Haqqani's. I want to know who it was, how much it was, and who paid it," said North.
North said turning loose "five of the most dangerous, deadly people on planet earth," is going to lead to more destruction around the world.
"We've had an airport bombing in Karachi, you have an attack on a NATO convoy. And now you've got the possible reprisal of Saigon '75 in Baghdad. Same organizational structure. Sunni radical terrorists," said North.
North says he doesn't think it would be possible for a U.S. bombing campaign to be safe and effective against the militants currently taking charge of large sections of Iraq without putting American forward observes back on the ground to direct the strikes.