Sunday, 21 February 2010

General Haig - a Warrior for Freedom



General Alexander Haig Jnr. died last weekend in Baltimore after a short illness.  His career had spanned more than six decades.  As an actor and player he was in some of the most momentous events of our times:  President Nixon's opening of China, the Tumult of Watergate, the global crisis under Jimmy Carter, the rollback of communism under Regan and even the emergence of the internet as a force in American life.

He may have composed his own epitaph when he wrote of a simple blueprint for living life: 'Practice rather than preach.  Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others.  Dare to the level of our capability then go beyond to a higher level.'

Alexander Haig also could add what he learned on MacArthur's staff:  Always be ready for the call, always be ready to answer it for your country.  On both counts most Americans would agree, he was.

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6 comments:

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...

He was brutally candid about his own run for office and his subsequent distaste for political life. “Not being a politician, I think I can say this: The life of
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/us/politics/21haig.html?pagewanted=3


a politician in America is sleaze,” he told the authors of “Nixon: An Oral History.”

“I didn’t realize it until I started to run for office,” he said. “But there is hardly a straight guy in the business. As Nixon always said to me — and he took great pride in it — ‘Al, I never took a dollar. I had somebody else do it.’ ”

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...

And whats your take on the snp attempting to rig the 'Referendum'


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/21_02_10_referendumminutes.pdf

Apogee said...

Mr Mxyzptik
And what is your take on Gordon Brown and the Labour government proposing a referendum to alter the voting system at general elections to a system that would favour themselves ,while refusing a referendum on joining the EU effectively for ever?.

Mark MacLachlan said...

Nikos, where's the attempt at rigging?

WV ha ha comofit

subrosa said...

Thanks for that Niko. There's a great deal written about him but I didn't want the post to turn into a lengthy essay.

subrosa said...

I'm with Mark on this Niko. I've read your link carefully and can see no attempt at rigging.

Careful you don't burst a blood vessel looking for one.

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