Alexander Haig: The Vicar Takes Charge

Shaping foreign policy for a decade of risks and challenges

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Shaping foreign policy for a decade of risks and challenges

The meeting in the Oval Office was private, but after it ended White House aides invited photographers to snap pictures of Ronald Reagan and his Secretary of State. Explained one staffer: "We need to show that the Secretary has access to Reagan." Replied another: "You've got it wrong. We need to show that the President has access to Al Haig."

The gag has a point. Rarely has a new Secretary of State moved so swiftly to take control of foreign policy as Alexander Meigs Haig Jr.,...

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