Letters to the Editor

Haig a hero

March 2, 2010


To the editor:

Our country has suffered a great loss with the passing of Gen. Alexander Haig.

It is unfortunate but symptomatic of our times that Haig with be remembered more for a phrase uttered in the wake of the assassination attempt upon Ronald Reagan. The statement, “I am in control here at the White House,” was taken deliberately and wildly out of context by the mainstream media to besmirch this great hero. Gen. Haig, a military man to his bones, had sworn an oath to uphold, protect and defend our Constitution; it was the essence of him and he could not remove himself from it.

A brief summary of his military career reads like a biography of modern warfare. He was assistant to Gen. MacArthur in Japan. He participated in Korea’s most celebrated battles: Chosin Reservoir, evacuation of Hungnam and the spectacularly planned Inchon landing, which sent the communists reeling back towards China. In Vietnam during the battle of Ap Gu, he demonstrated a personal bravery few if any of his critics could match. In some of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat this war knew, Haig and his vastly outnumbered compatriots drove the enemy back. Though he would go on to more storied bureaucratic positions, he preferred to be remembered for this day in March of 1967.

He has stepped now away from our popular culture with its bizarre fluff of personalities into God’s good heaven. He was a man. He was a soldier. He was and remains an American hero.


Brent Garner 8 years, 1 month ago

Here! Here! Rest in Peace, Gen. Haig! You will be missed!

BigAl 8 years, 1 month ago

Haig was a true American hero. However, the press did not take anything out of context. They simply ran with what the man said during a LIVE interview. It still doesn't take anything away from Haig being a hero.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 1 month ago

He was a militaristic egomaniac--



"Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig is now posthumously being recast as the quintessential soldier-patriot. The truth is, he had a dark side: wiretapping for Richard Nixon, facilitating the operations of a military spy ring that stole classified documents from the White House, sabotaging peace negotiations over Vietnam and détente with the USSR, and unduly hastening Nixon's exit from office. Haig is most lauded as the man who, according to conventional wisdom, held the presidency together during the depths of Watergate. But that evaluation obscures Haig's true role in the Nixon White House.

He began to come to prominence in 1968 when Fritz Kraemer, who had helped Haig rise within the Pentagon, recommended him to another protégé, Henry Kissinger, as Kissinger's military advisor on the Nixon National Security Council. Haig shared Kraemer's militarist, simplistic, anti-Communist, anti-diplomacy view of the world and of America's place in it.

At the NSC, even before Haig finished elbowing rivals out of the way to become Kissinger's deputy, he was up to his eyeballs in questionable activities, submitting the names of targets for the wiretapping of newsmen and NSC and Pentagon staffers, and reading the resulting wiretap logs, though he later denied involvement or said he had done everything at Nixon's request. Nixon had no reason to think of tapping Secretary of Defense aide Robert Pursley, but Haig had been butting heads with Pursley."

And it wasn't only under Reagan that Haig attempted to take over the presidency--

"In October 1973, according to then-attorney general Elliot Richardson, Haig's duplicity exacerbated a bad situation with Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox until it mushroomed into the Saturday Night Massacre -- the resignations of Richardson and his deputy, and the firing of Cox -- which spurred the first calls for Nixon's impeachment.

During this period, Haig frequently usurped the president's power, telling a delegation from a high-level security panel who insisted on seeing Nixon, "I am the president" and sending them away.

Some have said that Haig acted imperially and hastened Nixon's exit to protect the country. But as the evidence we have found makes clear, Haig's aims in the Nixon White House in 1973-74 were always to protect himself and aggrandize his own power."

Alison Carter 8 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for your service, General Haig.

anon1958 8 years, 1 month ago

Haig was a bit of a nutcase and I mock these people claiming he was some kind of "hero". No point in me or anyone else providing any real historic facts or context because people are delusional about Regan and Haig is part of that whole hallucination.

For those of us that actually were paying attention at the time Haig had a kind of Dr Strangelove aura, but was also too obvious a clown to be a big threat.

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