Saturday, February 20, 2010
Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr - Another Great American Hero dead at 85
Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr. (December 2, 1924- February 20, 2010) was a retired United States Army general who served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In 1973 Haig served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the number-two ranking officer in the Army. Haig served as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, commanding all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe.
Haig, a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War, is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.
In 1981, after the March 30 assassination attempt on Reagan, Haig asserted before reporters "I am in control here" as a result of Reagan's hospitalization.
"I wasn't talking about transition. I was talking about the executive branch, who is running the government. That was the question asked. It was not, "Who is in line should the President die?"
—Alexander Haig, Alexander Haig interview with 60 Minutes II April 23, 2001
RIP, Mr. Haig, we knew in 1981 when President Reagan was shot that you did not mean "you" were next in line to be the President! God Bless You for your service to this Country. Please tell the Gipper when you see him that we are taking this Nation back! The old Guard is dying but we are praying that God is sending a new Guard to step forward and lead the Patriots of this Revolution!