Melvin Laird

Melvin Laird, Secretary of Defense in the Nixon Administration has died.  What I remember most about Mr. Laird is he was a thoughtful Burkean conservative.  He would have little in common with Tea Party conservatives who seem to put ideology ahead of governance and what is best for the nation.  He is considered by many to be the father of the All Volunteer military and he was instrumental in pushing the Army towards the Total Army concept, though it would not become part of the ethos of the Army until General Abrams replaced General Westmorland.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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One Response to Melvin Laird

  1. burkemblog says:

    Thanks for sending this along–I was at VMI when he was SecDef–he’d left office before I was commissioned. I thought the comments in the Washington Post obituary were telling–of what, I am not sure, but telling nonetheless.


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