Lake Norman Conservatives

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Join Us to Hear Military and Terrorism Analyst

Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, USMC (Ret)

at Lake Norman Conservatives

Cornelius, N.C. – ( January 25, 2015) – Join the Lake Norman Conservatives at their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 29th at the Galway Hooker Restaurant & Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius, N.C. to hear Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, USMC (Ret), military and terrorism analyst for the Fox News Channel.

Lt. Col. Cowan is expected to discuss current events as well as his new book, a political satire called “Snatching Hillary”. Copies will be available for sale. To make reservations email or register online at There is no charge for the event. Social hour and dinner are from 6:00-7:00 p.m., the program will begin at 7:00. Everyone is welcome.

About Lt. Col. Cowan

A 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Cowan served three and a half years on combat assignments in Vietnam as an infantry officer. He was a platoon commander along the DMZ during the fall of 1967 and served also as a platoon commander during the siege of Khe Sanh. He later spent two and a half years as an advisor the Rung Sat Special Zone, south of Saigon. Decorated many times for heroism, he also received three purple hearts for wounds received.

Following the taking of U.S. hostages in Iran in 1978, he turned down a prestigious White House assignment to instead become one of the first members and only Marine in the Pentagon’s most classified counterterrorist unit. While there he conducted numerous clandestine and covert operations into the Middle East and Latin America. Notably, he was a key member of the team that went into Lebanon to hunt down those responsible for the bombing of the Marine Compound in 1983. Working directly with CIA Chief of Station William Buckley, Cowan and his team developed the plan for retaliation and identified many of the targets. The Pentagon chose not to take action. 

Immediately upon retirement in 1985, he served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman and as the Senator’s primary staff assistant during the Iran/Contra hearings. He was also one of the key staff authors of the legislation which created the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL.

During the late 80’s and 90’s, he often continued special activities and operations into the Middle East, dealing with terrorists and terrorism, most notably working against Hezbollah, Iran, and the Syrians on the rescue and release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon. In addition, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and while working with former CIA Director Bill Colby, he put together and executed a clandestine operation which successfully rescued a number of Western hostages being held in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait.

Following the Gulf War and given Iran’s fervent interest to resolve the lingering hostage situation in Lebanon, Cowan was principal negotiator with the Iranians on the hostages’ release through Syria.

After the events of 9/11, Cowan was called back to government service in support of special programs and activities of national priority. In that capacity he made numerous trips to the Middle East to support special activities. He retired from active involvement in 2013.

Bill is well known in the media. Besides over 4,000 appearances on Fox, he has been co-host for seven years of the radio and TV shows “Danger Zone” about terrorism; has appeared multiple times on “60 Minutes”; has appeared on every major network to give analysis on matters of terrorism; has been featured in four TV documentaries aired on the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, A&E TV, and PBS; and has written dozens of editorial and opinion pieces for various U.S. newspapers. He is currently working on a book about his experiences.

About Lake Norman Conservatives

The mission of Lake Norman Conservatives is to inform the public about issues that impact free markets, limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility on the local, state and national levels; and to provide citizens with the knowledge, tools, and encouragement necessary to support candidates and elected officials who promote and defend these values. We meet the last Thursday of each month.

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