Alexander Haig Dead At 85

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who served Republican presidents and ran for the office himself, has died.

The Haig family says he died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from complications associated with an infection. He was 85.

Haig's long and decorated military service launched the Washington career for which he became better known. But he never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Hours after the shooting, then-Secretary of State Haig went before the cameras intending, he said later, to reassure Americans that the White House was functioning.

"As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending the return of the vice president," Haig said.

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  • by Van Location: NC on Feb 21, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Obama would not even join the boy scouts , let alone the US Army. Haig put them Army boots on. While Obama was at college smoking the wackey weed. I still wonder today if Obama would pass a Gov't drug test. When he gets off that teleprompter he says some stupid stuff.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 at 12:58 AM I got out and voted-the WRONG thing won. Haig would have been a better choice. obama's just as arrogant!
  • by Jasper Location: NC on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    Rubbtal to - Posted by: Anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 at 12:58 AM Haig was an arrogant war monger? President Obama is the real War Monger. He just launched the biggest attack in Afganastan ever killing many innocent civilians. His election promise I will send the troops home , another lie to get elected. How many Americans are coming home this week in body bags Obama?
  • by US Army Vet Location: NC on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    More to the story “As the barrage subsided, a force three times larger than his began a series of human wave assaults on the camp. Heedless of the danger himself, Colonel Haig repeatedly braved intense hostile fire to survey the battlefield. His personal courage and determination, and his skillful employment of every defense and support tactic possible, inspired his men to fight with previously unimagined power. “Although his force was outnumbered three to one, Colonel Haig succeeded in inflicting 592 casualties on the Viet Cong. Thank you for your service to our Nation General Haig. When my time comes I will see you at Arlington someday
  • by US Army Vet. Location: NC on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    Haig an American hero ,and a good Army Officer who saved many a GI's lives In the bloody carnage of Vietnam, the West Point man served as a battalion and brigade commander. Lt. Col. Haig was a battalion commander in Vietnam when he won the Distinguished Service Cross during a battle near An Loc. He went on to command a brigade. As the CO of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Haig boarded a helicopter and flew to where his troops were engaging a superior enemy force. An excerpt from Haig’s citation for his exceptional conduct follows: “When two of his companies were engaged by a large hostile force, Colonel Haig landed amid a hail of fire, personally took charge of the units, called for artillery and air fire support and succeeded in soundly defeating the insurgent force. . . the next day a barrage of 400 rounds was fired by the Viet Cong, but it was ineffective because of the warning and preparations by Colonel Haig.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 at 09:58 PM
    Haig was an arrogant war monger. Neo, if you don't like the current leadership, get out of the trailer park and vote.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 20, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    This man never disparaged America or bad mouthed her on the world stage. He defended our great country, so unlike John Mertha and our putrid leader in the white house.
  • by steve Location: GREENVILLE NC on Feb 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 20, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    As to his statement , Sometimes people use bad wording at a time of great stress. "As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending the return of the vice president," Haig said. For one mistake we should not detract. Alexander Haig was a good Army Officer a patroit who really love our Nation. That we should give him the respect for him and his family upon his death. From all Americans we should thank Alaxerder Haig who fought Americas enemies , who served to protect our freedoms. Alexander Haig you are now with you band of brothers.

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