Haig Remembered in Cuba as a Parking Issue
The former secretary of State Alexander Haig died in Baltimore (Maryland), is remembered in Cuba not only as the boss of US diplomacy during Ronald Reagan 's administration (1981-1989).
According to the official biography of this leader - President Reagan: The Role of to Lifetime -, written by Lou Cannon and published originally in 1991, Haig said to Reagan in the White House referring to Cuba: “Give me the word and I will turn that island into a fucking parking lot”. (The quote is in "President Reagan: The Role of to Lifetime", of Lou Cannon. Second edition published by PublicAffairs (April 4 2000), page 196.
According to medical sources, Haig was hospitalized last January 28 in critical condition and died in the dawn of this Saturday.
He was part of three US Republican administrations Nixon (1969-1974), Gerald Ford (1974-1977) and Ronald Reagan. After Nixon's resignation in 1974 he continued next to Ford, although for brief time, because he was appointed as NATO Commandant in Europe up to 1979.
Haig impelled the first stocks hidden against the Guatemala guerrillas and the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Previously, he defended massive bombings against Cambodia and Vietnam, in the 70"s.
In an interview published in 2007 in Argentina about the conflict with Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Haig said: “I left in undoubtedly if there was war, United States it would be with Great Britain.”
Haig did not success a presidency candidate for the Republican Party in the United States. In Cuba, despite his influence, he did not make any parking lot. R.I.P.