THE PRESIDENCY: A Loyalist's Departure

General Alexander Haig has paid his dues to the United States. Several times.

From West Point to Korea, from the Pentagon to Viet Nam, he answered every call to duty. Then Richard Nixon called him one day when Haig, at the time a four-star general and Army vice chief of staff, was visiting Fort Benning. Haldeman and Ehrlichman, about to be thrown out of the White House, wanted Haig to come take charge of the staff. "I really don't think I'm the man," he said. "You don't want a military man in that job."...

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