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White House
fires general

military officer on the National
Security Council staff was relieved of
his duties and ordered back to the Army
yesterday after saying in a speech that
the Soviets have nuclear superiority
and "are going to strike."
A senior White House official said
Maj. Gen. Robert Schweitzer was fired
because he disobeyed a rule that
requires all members of the National
Security Council staff to clear their
public remarks with Richard Allen, the
staff director and President Reagan's
national security advisor..
"IT IS ALSO clear that the speech
does not reflect the president's thinking
with regard to the state of world af-
fairs," said the official, who asked not
to be named.
The aide said Schweitzer concured in
the action, taken by, Allen at 7:15 a.m.
EDT yesterday following publication of
an article about the speech in The
Washington Post. "He thought it would
be best to return to his normal duties in
order to spare the administration any
embarrassment because. of his
unauthorized remarks," the official
Schweitzer's dismissal followed
published reports of an address to
several hundred Army officers Monday
in which he warned the Soviet Union
has gained nuclear superiority and the
United States is "in the greatest danger
that the republic has ever faced since
its founding days."
QUESTIONED about Schweitzer's
assertion of Soviet superiority, Reagan
said the United States is not in , as
perilous a position as the general
described. But he said the nation

"could have been" if it had continued
"unilaterally disarming."
Asked if he believed the country has
now reversed that, Reagan said,"yes.
Reagan said he did not agree with the
general but regarded him as "a fine
soldier" whose services in another post
will continue to "be of great benefit to
the country."
ALTHOUGH the general caught
White House officials by surprise, Sch-
weitzer said in his speech to the
Association of the United States Army
that his remarks had not been cleared
and might get him in trouble.
"Well, I think we are going to have to
get ourselves in trouble...in order to lay
out the threat because the threat is
believed not to exist," he said in the ap-
parently extemporaneous talk. -
Allen said Schweitzer told him when
the general was called on the carpet
yesterday morning tht "he went further
than he meant to" and was "abjectly
sorry for having undertaken to make
the speech and was also sorry about the
SCHWEITZER said in the speech there
is mounting evidence the Soviets plan to
invade Poland and continue to prepare
for an attempt to take over the Persian
Gulf oil fields.
The Pentagon said no transcript of
Schweitzer's speech was available, but
no official contested the accuracy of an
account in the Washington Post.
The general spoke of "a drift toward
war," it reported, and he declared:
"The Soviet Union knows that for the
first time they have superiority in
every leg of the triad of land-based
and submarine-based nuclear missiles
and long-range bombers."

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will close next month

TAYLOR (UPI) - A second Michigan
school district will close next month for
lack of money and, with the anti-tax
fever spreading, a third may shut down
by the first of the year.
Voters in the blue-collar Detroit
suburb of Taylor Monday rejected by a
53-47 percent margin a property tax
proposal to wipe out a $16 million deficit
and restore reduced programs.
AS A RESULT, school officials said
the state's 10th largest district will be
forced to close Nov. 13, idling 16,000
students and 1,800 employees, including
711 teachers.

Superintendent Simon Kachaterian
said he ws somewhat encouraged that
the vote against the tax was slightly
less overwhelming than the margins by
which requests were defeated last
December, June and August,
He said he hopes the board of
education will schedule a new election
in early December.
The Pontiac school district north of
Detroit could close in January if voters
reject a tax increase in a special elec-
tion Dec. 9. Voters have already said no
to the proposal eight times.

*Kalamazoo judge told
to decide on abortion

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - A federal
judge yesterday ordered a county judge
to decide by Friday whether an 11-year-
t1d girl who is 23 weeks pregnant
should undergo an abortion.
U. S. District Judge Benjamin Gibson
said that Kalamazoq County Probate
Judge Donald Halstead last week had
"shied away from making a hard
decision" in the case of the unidentified-
girl, who was impregnated by her
mother's live-in boyfriend.
HALSTEAD HAD ruled that he
lacked authority to order an abortion.
Gibson's ruling came after he heard
testimony privately in his chambers
from the girl, who was described by at-
torneys as uncertain whether or not she
wanted an abortion.
Michigan has no law abridging a
woman's right to an abortion at any time
during her pregnancy, but there also is

no clear legal guide for who should
decide about an abortion in the case of a
minor who herself is undecided.
Kalamazoo attorney who represented
the girl in custody battles in state cour-
ts, said she became pregnant 23 weeks
ago after intercourse with her mother's
boyfriend. The boyfriend, 29, has been
charged with first-degree criminal
sexual assault in Kalamazoo County
Circuit Court.
Pelletier and his attorney, Thomas
Bleakley, turned to federal court for
emergency action ;after failing to per-
suade state judges to grant temporary
custody to the father.
Bleakley told Gibson it was essential
that he rule within 24 hours, since the
girl is about to enter the final three
months of pregnancy.

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tin, Berg added.
"THE FACT is that a lot of economic
momentum has been lost" through con-
tinuation of these policies, Berg said. If
these destructive policies aren't
changed, he said, the countries'
economies will stagnate.
Berg predicted that the report will be
controversial, because it attacks the
bloated public sector of the countries
and stresses deficiencies in gover-
nmental policies.
"The African governments have star-
ted talking about the report," Berg
said. He said he hopes progress will be
mAde on a country-to-country basis.
THE IMPETUS for the report camne
initially from the ministers of several
African nations during the summer of
1980. They suggested to then-World
Bank president Robert McNamara that
r a report on the economies of sub-

United States. All four are World Bank
HELPING THE plight of sub-
Saharan Africa is a major objective of
current World Bank President A. W.
Clausen. "There has been much
pressure lately to increase aid to the
poorest countries," Berg said, and
"two-thirds of the poorest countries are
in Africa."
Berg said he hopes the report will
open further worldwide debate on the
nature of development.
"The purpose of the document is to
open discussion in the world communit
about aid and aid relationships," Berg
said. He said he hoped the debate
would lead to world wide concern for
Africa's problems.
"Many people will disagree with the
report, especially those from Africa,"
Berg said.
Many of the African governments




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