WATERGATE: THE FORMIDABLE AL HAIG

When Nixon asked me to become Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, I thought it important to have a military assistant whose responsibilities ran to the White House rather than to the Pentagon. With a war in Viet Nam to end, I needed an officer who belonged to my staff but had the confidence of the military.

General Earle Wheeler, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, thought I would be most comfortable with an officer with advanced degrees from famous institutions. Having taught at Harvard, I rated somewhat lower the wisdom evidenced...

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