Alexander Haig

(Alexander Meigs)

Alexander Haig
Alexander Haig
  • Born: December 2, 1924
  • Died: February 20, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









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[Referring to George W. Bush:] Anybody who has to spend all his time demonstrating his manhood has somehow got to know he ain't got it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the president, the vice president and the secretary of state, in that order, and should the president decide he wants to transfer the helm to the vice president, he will do so. As for now, I'm in control here, in the White House, pending the return of the vice president and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If I am nominated [for the presidency], I will not run. If I am elected, I will not serve. But if you beg me, I just might reconsider. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not even one American soldier and is located in a critical region for American national security. Defense & National Security
It would be far more comfortable for me to stay where I was in Connecticut, making 10 times more money and enjoying life than to come down here and subject myself to the kinds of discussions I've gone through for the last three days. Scandals
That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Public Relations & Image
The Watergate burglary was both illegal and stupid Scandals
There are things more important than peace. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
U. S. troops keep European markets open to us. If those troops weren't there, those markets would probably be more difficult to access. Foreign Trade
We cannot have as our goal a world that cannot conceivably come to pass unless all scientific knowledge of the atom is erased. Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We took a dive in the tenth round of the Gulf War. War & Peace
When you make a threat and do not do it, you lose tremendous credibility globally. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You have received an order from your Commander in Chief. Management & Managing Government
A durable, long-term U.S.-China strategic relationship is even more important now than in previous decades. The relationship will continue to grow and prosper to the mutual benefit of all peoples.
As I look back at the span of the Cold War in those early days, in the '50s, for example, there was a great deal of Soviet propaganda here in the United States, but it was clumsy, and it was anchored to a lot of ideological support in certain circles in America itself. War & Peace
As of now, I am in control here in the White House.
I started out as a Cold Warrior, even my last years in grade school.
I think that perhaps the classic propagandists of the - in the Second World War was Winston Churchill. He was extremely skilled and adept at it. War & Peace
I think the new generations in America, the America's youth, no longer care about Vietnam. They don't want to hear any more about it.
I wasn't happy with the outcome in Vietnam. Now, I've never said that, but, you know, I'm getting to an age where I think I'd better start saying it... And I don't mean that to sound that I'm being critical of somebody or blaming somebody.
If they analyze the situation as thoroughly as they should, Muslims will realize they are the first targets. What are the fundamentalists really after? Simply taking over Islam and then turning its back on modernity.
I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the removal of a vice president and a president.
It didn't take long for the world to realize that the Shah was an enlightened liberal next to the bloody reactionary regime that followed, and which executed more people in three months than the Shah had done in 30 years.
Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.
Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. Life
Sooner or later something had to give. But President Bush, faced with the unprecedented affront of 9-11, could not wait to take action. So he had to do what we were capable of doing, and he did it brilliantly.
Syria is a terrorist state by any definition and is so classified by the State Department. I happen to think Iran is too. Iraq, Iran, Syria, they're all involved.
The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood.
The world awaits Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics, an occasion which will bring into the global spotlight the dramatic advances China is making in enhancing the quality of life for its people. Life
Then came the hostage crisis during which Carter did nothing to rattle the ayatollahs who hung tough until Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, when they suddenly backed down.
Those who are seeking ways to tap into the potential of e-mail will find themselves in a position to capitalize on the pending explosion in Internet usage.
To declare the Cold War over, and declare democracy has won out over totalitarianism, is a measure of arrogance and wrong-headedness. War & Peace
We didn't do anything wrong, but among the lessons learned, given the magnitude of the problems we now face in Afghanistan, a major U.S. force on the ground would convince the world we were in for the long-haul recovery of a country devastated by 21 years of warfare.
We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam.
You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular. It has been one of failure and frustration, of feudalism and tribalism. History ;Failure
You know, it's very clear, as one looks back on history again of the Cold War that, following the crisis in Cuba, following the Khrushchev - beating down of Jack Kennedy in Vienna, that President Kennedy believed that we had to join the battle for the Third World, and the next crisis that developed in that regards was Vietnam. History ;War & Peace