Laird, Melvin Robert
Vietnamizationof the Vietnam War, increasing the role of South Vietnamese forces and reducing that of U.S. forces, as well as the invasion (1970) of Cambodia and bombing North Vietnam and mining its harbors to force a peace settlement, both of which he privately opposed. After his resignation as secretary, he served (1973–74) as counselor to the president for domestic affairs and supported the choice of Gerald Ford as vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned amid a corruption investigation. Laird subsequently held various corporate posts. He wrote A House Divided (1962) and edited Republican Papers (1968).
See M. R. Laird et al., The Nixon Doctrine (1972); biography by D. Van Atta (2008).
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