The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 24, 1986 - Page 3
Safety warnings in Beirut
WASHINGTON (AP)-U. S. military
commanders ignored warnings which could have
spared the lives of many of the 241 killed in the 1983
attack on Marine headquarters in Beirut, the
Pentagon's former top counter-terrorism official
Instead of paying attention to the warnings of a
five-member Special Forces team which
recommended ways to make the Marines safer,
"the report was swept under the rug," wrote Noel
The commanders were more worried about
bureaucratic infighting, said Koch, who resigned
earlier this year as principal deputy assistant
secretary of defense for international security
affairs. In that position, he oversaw the Pentagon's
Koch's charges are contained in a letter sent to
several members of Congress in support of
proposals to unify the Pentagon's special forces
within a single military structure, rather than
keeping them scattered throughout the services.
The letter was made available yesterday to The
Robert Sims, the Pentagon's chief spokesman,
said yesterday he was sure Koch's allegations
would be reviewed by the Defense Department and
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but said the former official
seemed primarily interested in "influencing
legislation on Capitol Hill."
"Noel Koch's advocacy for the Special
Operations Forces is well known," said Sims. "I
suspect whatever he has written is aimed at
gaining support for legislation."
Koch wrote that he had never before spoken about
the Beirut bombing "because it could only cause
more pain to people already suffering the
unbearable pain of the loss of people they loved."
The attack came shortly after dawn on October
23, 1983, when a suicide terrorist drove a bomb-
laden truck into Marine headquarters near the
Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. military
Six months earlier, on April 18, 1983, a similar
suicide car bomb attack destroyed the U.S.
embassy in Beirut, killing 63 persons, including
After the embassy attack, Koch wrote, he headed
a Pentagon team sent to Beirut to review the safety
of the Marines who were at the airport as part of a
multi-national peacekeeping team.
Koch said, "I satisfied myself that we had
serious shortcomings, particularly in managing
intellingence related to the terrorist threat."
A five-man team went back later in the summer
of 1983 to Beirut, wrote Koch, who maintained
members of that unit were not taken seriously
because the team was created outside the normal
chain of command.
Ten weeks after the bombing, a Pentagon
commission criticized flaws in the military chain
of command and security at the Marine barracks.
But its criticism was nowhere near as strong as
The team sent to Beirut by Koch made a number
of specific recommendations, according to the
source. Chief among those recommendations were
imporved communications among the various
military agencies in Beirut about terrorists
threats. "There was a lot of specific stuff, but it
wasn't getting to the right people," he wrote.
Marine officials complained after the attack
that the intelligence was too general and not
specific enough, but the former team member said
the warnings were far more specific than U.S.
military officials have admitted.
Koch's letter was written in support of a proposal
pending before the Senate, which would consolidate
all the Pentagon's special forces. Those units,
including the Army's Green Berets and the Navy's
SEALS, are scattered among the services, as is
planning for their use. Critics say the planning
and use of special forces is poorly coordinated.
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Residential College freshman, Ben Schneider shoots away his free time at the Union Pool Hall.
Passive student attitudes cause
problems at CRISP
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or which particular departments
even allow wait lists.
As to the idea of letting juniors
register immediately after
Sseniors, Hardy said, "I know this
idea is something that the
registrar's office has been
checking into, but I don't know
whether or not it will be
department is one of five or six
departments that are especially
troubled by the problem. Because
vast numbers of non-psychology
majors take classes in the
department, it's difficult to predict
Lorraine Nadelman, the
chairman of undergraduate
psychology, said long wait lists
must exist before the
administration can even begin
hiring new professors and
opening new sections.
"We're really working as
thard as we can to correct the
Ssituation, but it does take time,"
"WE'RE very aware of this
problem," Nadelman added.
"We added 60 spots to five sections
this summer. But for some
reason, each time we add more
spots, even more students enroll."
In the fall, the psychology
department added 465 spots, but
495 new students wanted to enroll.
Students in other departments
also havenchronic problems
getting into classes. LSA
sophomore Catherine Babbit
watched a senior in one of her
English classes beg to switch
places with anyone who was
already enrolled in the class.
"THERE were 20 spaces, and
she was the 21st. She needed the
class to graduate and didn't get
in," Babbit said.
One professor announced to
his Psychology 444 class that
anyone who wasn't a senior or
one of the first 10 on the wait list
should simply give up.
"Thirty to 40 people stood up
and left," said LSA senior Steve
Schmidt, who stayed in the class.
"I think when you come to the
University, you're supposed to get
pa great education, and all of the
best classes with the best
professors end up being too
popular to get into."
Where does the blame lie?
Kellerman said the problem is
more with the fundamental
system of the University than
with individual departments. "I
feel that the University is too
focused on research, and I think
it's about time that it becomes
more geared to making the
student number-one priority," she
Kellerman added that more
students should become involved
in forcing those changes.
Lucas attacks Blanchard's
natorial nominee William Lucas
called Democratic Gov. James
Blanchard's property tax plan a
$180 million tax increase
"The Lucas plan will turn
Michigan from a high-tax, low-
growth state into a land of great
opportunities for entrepreneurs,
businesses, workers and most
importantly, families," Lucas
told a group of small bus-
The candidate seeking to
become the nation's first elected
black governor repeated his
claim that Blanchard, who raised
income taxes in 1983 to erase a
$1.7 billion state debt, would raise
"Jim Blanchard has a $180
million tax increase waiting for
you right now," Lucas charged.
"It's masquerading as property
Lucas said Blanchard's plan to
close tax loopholes on banks and
insurance companies will mean
"new taxes that you and I will
have to pay."
However, he said his package,
much of which he's proposed
before, would solve the problems
blocking the state's economic
He said his plan would save a
Detroit family of four with $25,000
income and a $25,000 home $39 in
income taxes and $337 in property
taxes. A 10 percent increase in
the value of their home would
make that family $2,500
wealthier, he said.
He said some of the revenues
lost from cutting the income tax
rate would be- made up from
federal income tax revisions,
with more coming from
eliminating tax abatements and
homestead property tax credits.
Fridays in The Daily
'U' Rennaissance expert
Club De Femmes (Jacques
Deval, 1936) CG, DBL/7:00
p.m., Nat Sci.
A doctor helps a group of
young women in Paris.
French with subtitles.
The Baker's Wife (Marcel
Pagnol,1938), CG, DBL/8:40
p.m., Nat Sci.
A fueding village must
band together to find the
baker's unfaithful wifetso
he'll start making bread
again. French with
Network (Sidney Lumet,
1976), Hill St., 8:15 p.m.,
Briliant satire about a
washed up newsman who
becomes a "mad prophet of
the airwaves" after
threatening to commit
suicide on national TV.
Peter Finch grabbed a
posthumous Oscar for this
Atlantic City (Louis Malle,
1981), Med, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.,
Burt Lancaster is a former
big shot who tries for one
last, big score. Susan
Dr. Jesus Estanislao
-"Business Conditions in
the Philippines," 11:00
a.m., 130 Lane Hall
Mark M. Meerschaert-
(Albion College) "Regular
Variation and Domains of
Attraction," 4 p.m., 451.
Mason Hall. Coffee at 3:30
p.m., 1443 Mason Hall.
Business Club - 5:15 p.m.,
Michigan Alliance for
Disarmament -- 7:30 p.m.,
2013 Angel Hall.
Science Fiction Club -8:30
p.m., Michigan League
United Jewish Appeal
-Student Mass Meeting, 7
p.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill St.
Science Association -Mass
Meeting, 7 p.m., Pond
Room, Michigan Union.
"Alzheimer's Disease and
Other Memory Disorders,"
11 a.m. -3 p.m.,
Education Center at
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Faculty Award and was
repeatedly a member of the
"Honor Roll," a list of the top-
rated University faculty
determined by student
"He took an absolute, authentic
delight in teaching
Weisbuch, an English professor.
"He brought the same energy to
everything he did. He was a hell
of a guy."
PATRIDES was born April 20,
1930, in New York City. When he
went with his parents to their
native country of Greece, he and
his family were caught when the
Nazis invaded the country.
During the Nazi occupation,
Patrides served as a messenger
in the Greek underground
resistance. He was later
decorated by the Greek
government for his actions.
Patridesreturned to New York
after the war and finished high
school there. After graduating, he
earned his B.A. in English at
Kenyon College in Ohio and
earned his Ph.D. from Oxford
He taught at the University of
California-Berkeley and York
University in England before
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In addition to the daily Writing Workshops at 1025
Angell Hall, the English Composition Board provides
Writing Workshop services for undergraduates in their
Residence Halls (Alice Lloyd, Couzens, and West
Quad). Like the main Workshop, the residence Halls
Writing Workshop provides assistance on all aspects
of the writing process (from discovery to grammar to
revision) on LS&A course papers and on personal
writing projects. The Writing Workshop, however, is
not a proofreading service. ECB Lecturer Ted Lardner
is staffing the Residence Halls Writing Workshop
Program this semester.
Tuesday Nights, 7:00 to 9:30
Red Carpet Lounge Annex
Beginning Sept. 23, 1986
Wednesday Nights, 7:00-9:00
Group Study Room:
Court Floor, Wenley House
Beginning Sept. 24, 1986