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Haig: Moorer a 'Great Patriot'

Friday, 06 February 2004 12:00 AM

Haig said he always admired Moorer’s style: “He was a man who did not suffer fools lightly – in fact, he didn’t suffer them at all.”

Describing Moorer as a staunch conservative who believed in using military force “overwhelmingly,” Haig noted that during their long association, it was always “Al” and “Tom.”

With a sigh, Gen. Haig added, “He [Moorer] was certainly not in favor of today’s ‘send less; don’t offend the enemy.’”

When Haig served President Richard Nixon as his deputy national security adviser, he had “daily contact with Tom. He was on hand for military input for every major policy crisis of that day,” Haig recalls.

Gen. Haig rattled off just a handful of the crises he and Moorer helped manage – the shooting down of an American reconnaissance plane by N. Korea, the Yom Kippur War between the Arabs and the Israelis, the Christmas bombing of Hanoi, the mining of the N. Vietnamese harbors while the "war in Vietnam was raging,” added Haig.

“We had discussions daily,” revealed the General, noting that Moorer was invaluable in “reminding that Third Floor at the Pentagon that they were in the business of implementing the president’s policies.”

“We were very, very close,” said Gen. Haig. “We had very much the same outlook. Tom was adept at saying what needed to be said – rather than what his boss might want to hear.”

Haig revealed that he only lost contact with his friend after “he became increasing ill.”

“Tom was indeed of the ‘old school,’” Haig concluded wistfully.

Born in 1924, Gen. Haig served as secretary of state in 1981-2. A career military officer, Haig served as NATO commander (1974-9) before becoming Reagan’s secretary of state in 1981.

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