2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 11, 1998
Gulf support grows for Iraq strike
The Washington Post
DOHA, Qatar - Defense Secretary William Cohen
declared yesterday that all Persian Gulf leaders he has
met during a swing through the region this week
would support U.S. military strikes if diplomacy fails
to persuade Iraq to abide by United Nations resolu-
tions mandating unconditional inspection of suspect-
ed weapons sites.
Cohen's characterization of the position of Saudi
Arabia and other gulf states went farther than Arab
authorities themselves have asserted publicly. But the
secretary said he had been buoyed by private expres-
sions of solidarity from gulf officials and indications
that the United States will be able to use the bases,
pre-positioned military equipment and airspace need-
ed to conduct the kind of air assaults on Iraqi targets
that are under consideration.
"All of the leaders see (President) Saddam Hussein
as a threat," Cohen told reporters traveling with him.
"Obviously, they are hopeful a military solution is not
necessary, but they are supportive of the United States
action to enforce the resolutions if necessary."
Asked if that backing would extend to military
strikes, Cohen replied, "The answer to that is, yes."
In Washington, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the United
States was planning "a very substantial strike" against
Iraq if diplomatic efforts do not end the crisis and said
that "if we get even any hint of the fact that (Saddam
Hussein) is reconstituting, we will strike again."
"We have made that clear. So this is not a one-time
Albright also told the committee that the adminis-
tration is interested in dealing with "opposition
groups" in Iraq but did not elaborate.
For his part, President Clinton said he was grateful
for the announcements by the Canadian and
Australian governments that they are willing to partic-
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ipate in a military operation against Iraq. "I hope we
can avoid the use of force," Clinton said.
Cohen's comments suggested some progress in per-
suading the United State's gulf allies to accept sup-
porting roles in a potential military operation that they
still view with deep misgivings. Just last week, after
visiting with some of the same Arab leaders, the most
encouragement that Albright said she could draw was
that none had expressed outright opposition to the use
of force against Iraq.
In Oman yesterday, where Cohen met in a tented
desert encampment with Sultan Qaboos bin Said,
the U.S. secretary came away with permission to
station five tanker aircraft and, if necessary, pull
from stocks of U.S. Air Force tents stored in the
country, U.S. officials said. In the United Arab
Emirates, Cohen was advised the U.S. could contin-
ue to operate tankers in and out of the country dur-
ing any attacks on Iraq.
Lisa Baker, associate vice president
for University relations, said she is not
aware of any interaction between the
University University and the states Office of
outside Health Services that could be the impe-
University tus for the new investigation into
it. Oesterling's practice.
sion in July "We don't have any new information,
onth investi- so they have not been in contact with us
no contest in that I know," Baker said.
to a felony Baker said Oesterling has paid the
g airfare. He University about $150,000 that did not
t. belong to him. This money included trav-
sterling was el expenses, University funds and
ion and was resources he used illegally while working
ine and per- on a book.
nity service. "Dr. Oesterling has repaid the
r suspended University a little over $150,000 and at
alid again in this point, we would consider the matter
closed," Baker said.
erling's dis- Oesterling plans to enter a private
pended him urology practice in Saginaw, Mich.,
ersity. after regaining his license.
employment and using
resources for personal prof
Shortly after the conclu:
of the University's eight-mi
gation, Oesterling pleadedr
Washtenaw County Court
larceny charge of misbillin
then resigned from his post
At his sentencing, Oes
placed on one-year probati
ordered to pay a $5,000 fi
form 120 hours of commu
His license, which was late
for three months, will be v,
Prior to forcing Oest
missal, the University sus
from his duties at the Univ
ARouND THE ATIO
Satcher confirmed as surgeon general
WASHINGTON - After more than three years, the nation once again has a
Yesterday, the Senate yesterday confirmed David Satcher as surgeon general, over-
coming an effort by a handful of conservatives to thwart President Clinton's choice
for the job. The position had been vacant since 1994, when the flamboyant Dr.
Joycelyn Elders was fired.
The Senate approved Satcher, an educator and physician who was most recently
director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, by a
vote of 63-35.
The confirmation vote came minutes after a key procedural battle in which the
Senate agreed, 75-23, to end debate over the one-time inner-city doctor who years
ago ran a free clinic in a church basement in the Watts area of Los Angeles.
Satcher is to be sworn in Friday for a dual role, also becoming assistant secretary
of health for the Health and Human Services Department, a post with more influence
on actual policy-making than surgeon general.
The surgeon general's job commands little inherent power, but it serves as a bully
pulpit for promoting public health issues. Past surgeons general have focused the
nation's attention on venereal disease, smoking and AIDS, often before the issue
were widely discussed.
Vote seeks to break munities have issued dire warnings that
an across-the-board ban would block
cloning deadlock pioneering research on diseases rang-
ing from cancer to Alzheimer's.
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Anti-abortion advocates are clamor-
campaign to ban human cloning has ing for a broad ban because they
stalled in Congress, where right-to-life believe that any human clonin
forces who fear the destruction of research necessarily involves the crE
genetically engineered embryos are pit- ation - and destruction - of geneti-
ted against those who contend a ban cally engineered human embryos.
would block cutting-edge biomedical
research. Twins born 'omed
In an effort to break the deadlock,
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, (R- from waist down
Miss.), has scheduled a vote today that
could pave the way for the Senate to LOMA LINDA, Calif. - Relieved
take up two competing measures to doctors and a joyful father announced
restrict cloning research. Whatever the the birth yesterday of twin girls joined
outcome, it is now clear that the drive from the waist down, saying the
to outlaw human cloning will not pro- appeared healthier than expected.
ceed quickly or smoothly. Gabrielle and Michaela Garcia,
President Clinton first proposed a topped with wispy, curly brown hair,
ban last year, responding to public issued lusty cries after birth by
clamor surrounding dramatic advances Caesarean section yesterday morning
in animal cloning. His plan drew wide- at the Loma Linda University
spread support, although Congress Children's Hospital. Soon thereafter,
never acted on it. their proud parents were stroking the
But opposition has intensified as the infants' heads, cooing their names and
the scientific and pharmaceutical com- beaming proudly.
Pope, Yeltsin discuss their translators went to work the pope's
was a Polish Jesuit priest who spent 10
new millennium years in a labor camp in Soviet Siberia.
The two Slavic leaders first met here
VATICAN CITY - Russian in Dec.1991, days before the Sovi
President Boris Yeltsin and Pope John Union broke apart and Yeltsin mov
Paul 11 - aging, ailing, superstars in into the Kremlin. The Russian Orthodox
the struggle against Communism - Church was re-emerging from the shad-
clasped hands yesterday and chatted ows of Soviet atheism and Western mis-
into the evening about the next millen- sionaries of many faiths were flocking to
nium - an era each man expects to Russia to compete for followers.
greet while fully in charge of his realm.
Their 50-minute meeting in the pope's Bangladesh warriors
library, described by both sides as cor-
dial, included discussion of topics from surrender arms
European security to their mutual fear of
war in.lraq and endd with the Russian KHAGRACHHARI, Bangladesh
leader's assurances that Roman - A little-known war came to an end
Catholics will not suffer discrimination yesterday in this remote corner of
in his country. Asia, as hundreds of tribal fighters
Equally significant is what they did emerged from their jungle sanctuar-
not discuss - a rift that frustrates the ies to swapstheir weapons for a
Polish pontiff's dream of "total commu- promise ofjustice.
nion" between the Catholic and Eastern After 22 years of fighting, the first of
Orthodox faiths and prevents him from 10,000 warriors from tribes like the
visiting Russia, one of the last blank Chakma, Marma, Khumi and Mro
spaces on a globe-trotter's map. walked into a hastily built soccer sta
"Welcome," said the pope in Russian, um here and put down their rifles.
ushering his guest into the third-floor
library in the papal apartments. Then - Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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