Gerald Ford Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Jag Singh, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Dec 29, 2006 at 7:50 pm
It is customary to look favorably on the life of a demised public figure. Thus, the accolades accompanying President Ford come as no surprise. Documents made public after his death now reveal that it was Fordsí close friendship that was instrumental in his decision to pardon Richard Nixon. It is also been revealed that Ford vigorously opposed the Iraq war. It is a great pity such high profile politicians choose to remain silent and remain disconnected from the public debate allowing the Bush administration to railroad the American public in what can arguably described as the largest foreign policy debacle in US history.
Also, largely unreported, was Gerald Fordís decision to support the Indonesian invasion of East Timor which resulted in the slaughter of one-third of the Timorese population. Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, offered unconditional military support to the Indonesian government and they appeared largely unconcerned of the appalling human tragedy that resulted from their decision (see www.nsarchive.org.) It is also prescient that Ford selected key advisors in his administration that were instrumental in shaping Bushís current Iraq war - Donald Rumsfeld served initially as his chief of staff and then subsequently as Secretary of Defense. Dick Cheney also served as Fordís chief of staff. Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. However, Ford deserves credit for ordering the final withdrawal of U.S. troops in Vietnam and offering amnesty to Vietnam era draft resisters.
Posted by k, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Dec 30, 2006 at 9:14 pm
By a coincidence, I am just starting to read 'Halsey's Typhoon' by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin and references have been made on TV to this book and how there is a compelling story of Gerald Ford's bravery and skill while in the U.S. Navy.
While I was quite young during President Ford's time in office-Congress, Presidency -- it appears well documented that he was an uncommon bridge-builder and a moderate, and for that, as well as for his many accomplishments, I am grateful.
Posted by Draw the Line, a resident of Stanford, on Dec 31, 2006 at 2:07 pm
Vigorously opposed the Iraq invasion? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this is how you interpret Ford's carefully phrased quote..from ONE reporter, at the age of what..91...which he nullified in later quotes.