“Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.”
US secretary of state who failed to avert the Falklands war, and the chief of staff who sustained Richard Nixon’s presidency. He never faced an electorate in his life, but he ran the White House almost in secret during the 15 months up to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974 – taking over the impetus of a paralysed presidency in a manner that, however necessary under the circumstances, was barely constitutional.
Alexander Meigs Haig, soldier, politician and businessman, born 2 December 1924; died 20 February 2010
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