A Quixotic Four-Star Foray

Haig wants another chance to say, "I am in control here"

Alexander Haig commanded U.S. troops in Korea and Viet Nam, but perhaps his toughest tests under fire came as Richard Nixon's last White House chief of staff and Ronald Reagan's first Secretary of State. Haig, who has long nurtured presidential ambitions, once noted privately that the State Department was ill suited as a stepping-stone to the White House. "You come out bruised and scarred," he observed before his nomination as Secretary of State. Sure enough, by the time Reagan fired him in mid-1982, Haig was covered with contusions from bureaucratic brawls.

But Haig has never been one to slip quietly into...

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