Melvin Robert "Bom" Laird was an American politician and writer. He was a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin from 1953 to 1969 before serving as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973 under President Richard Nixon. Laird was instrumental in forming the administration's policy of withdrawing U.S. soldiers from the Vietnam War; he invented the expression "Vietnamization," referring to the process of transferring more responsibility for combat to the South Vietnamese forces. First elected in 1952, Laird was the last surviving Representative elected to the 83rd Congress at the time of his death.
|For heaven's sake, stop nickle-and-diming me to death.||Budgets & Budgeting|
|Intelligence is both critical and costly.||Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations|
|Responsible men will not encourage the enemy to hold out in anticipation of a more generous settlement. Responsible men will recognize that we can have only one President at a time.||Miscellaneous|
|There is the moderate, Westernized Islam on which we have hung our hopes, and there is everyone else. . . . And if allowed to play out to its goal of world domination, radical Islam will make the “domino theory” of Southeast Asia pale by comparison.|