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2A- The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 8, 1999
Battle in Iraq yields U.S. dividends


The Washington Post
High above the featureless landscape of southern
Iraq, a pilot from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
peered out of the cockpit of his F/A-18 strike plane
recently and saw the telltale puff of smoke from the
launch of an Iraqi surface-to-air missile streaking
toward his jet.
The pilot, a lieutenant commander in Vinson's
"Mighty Shrikes" squadron, did not defend himself
with laser-guided bombs or other munitions. Instead,
he calmly banked the aircraft away from the missile
and went "retrograde," returning to the nuclear-pow-
ered carrier in the Persian Gulf without firing a shot.
It was left to other pilots, at another time, like-
ly directed to another target, to retaliate. Calling
up targets from pre-programmed lists in their on-
board computers, often waiting hours for clouds
to lift or for the Iraqis to move missile launchers
into view, U.S. and British pilots have for weeks

answered such attacks by striking Iraqi military
facilities - missile launchers, antiaircraft batter-
ies, radar, communication centers - tens or even
hundreds of miles from the source of the provoca-
Since Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared
war in December on allied pilots enforcing the
U.S.-imposed "no-fly" zones over northern and
southern Iraq, Pentagon officials have publicly
maintained that bombing missions launched from
the Vinson and from bases in Kuwait and Turkey
are aimed at protecting pilots from Iraq's air
defense network.
But self-defense is only part of the story. Interviews+
with policymakers in Washington, and with U.S. mili-
tary officers here and in the Middle East, reveal a
much more ambitious operation - a low-grade war,+
fashioned by the military and the administration with-+
out public debate, aimed at salvaging the administra-
Continued from Page 1A
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tion's "containment" policy toward Saddam and desta-
bilizing his regime.
"It's a strategy we fell into" said one senior military
officer involved in the operation. "It's not one that was
originally planned. But it's working out very, very well
for us"
Administration officials and military officers
acknowledge they have deliberately sought to play
down the scope of the operation - so shrouded in
secrecy that the Pentagon refuses to release basic
data such as the number of sorties flown or bombs
dropped - to avoid antagonizing friendly Arab
countries where sympathy for the Iraqi people runs
deep, and to minimize questions at home about the
operation's efficacy.
Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon, echoing
official guidance issued to military public affairs offi-
cers privately on Wednesday, disputed the characteri-
zation that the U.S. military is at war with Iraq.
Continued from Page 1A
any way," could see was five feet in front of us."
fore, the National Weather Service observer
's only goal Dennis Kahlbaum said a total of 8
inches of snow blanketed the area dur-
University ing the weekend. But that total could
ormation at increase significantly soon, Kahlbaum
with GEG, said, with another snowstorm heading
be powerful towards Ann Arbor overnight.
st activities "There's another storm coming our
way that's bigger than the first one but
we should be more on the fringe of it,
Kahlbaum said.
For LSA sophomore Sarah Gahm,
n 99 the thought of going to class in the cold
and snow of Ann Arbor is an unwel-
come change from a week in the sun
to and sand of Jamaica.
"We were on the beach, and we heard
that there was snow, and it was disheart-
ening" Gahm said. "I think it's depress-
ing, spring is supposed to be here."
iY Students flying into Detroit
Metropolitan Airport on Friday or
Saturday faced lengthy delays.
1999, A spokesperson for Northwest
Airlines, the largest carrier at the airport,
ce, said the airline canceled about 73 flights
Friday and more than 90 on Saturday.
"We canceled them early in the day to
avoid any gridlock on the runway,"
st: Kathy Peach said. "People were still able
to fly, maybe a little later in the day?
Considering that more than 500
son flights land and take off at Detroit
Metro each day, Peach said, this week-
end's storm caused significantly fewer
'nitive problems than January's blizzard.
air Part of the improved service, she said,
was to improvements the airline made as
a result of January's blizzard.
"We've upgraded some of our equip-
:he ment," Peach said. "The New Year's
itrance. snowstorm caused us to take a look at
left. how we can do this better."

Reno challenged in Starr investigation
WASHINGTON - Janet Reno is the nation's top law enforcement officer, but
the attorney general suddenly finds her vast powers tested by a question rooted in
both law and politics: How far can she go in investigating independent counsel
Kenneth Starr?
For more than a year, Reno remained largely on the sidelines as the Monica
Lewinsky drama played out. But with the impeachment trial over, Reno has taken on
a central role in recent weeks, squaring off with Starr about whether the independe
counsel abused his authority in his four-year investigation of President Clinton.
Reno faces a key hurdle today: she must decide whether to answer a federal
court's demand that she justify her authority to investigate Starr's tactics. The legal
maneuvering not only has threatened to derail Starr's ongoing investigation, but,
more broadly, it has thrown into confusion the delicate balance of power in top-
level corruption cases.
The power struggle is laden with political overtones. Reno's top deputy, Eric
Holder, acknowledged as much last week in lamenting the pressures facing an
attorney general who even considers exercising her legal authority to remove an
outside prosecutor for "good cause."
"It will always be extremely difficult for any attorney general to exercise the
authority to investigate, let alone remove, an independent counsel," Holden said



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Intel moves into
antitrust spotlight
WASHINGTON '- After a five-
month Microsoft marathon, it is now
Intel inside the antitrust courtroom.
The microchip giant will take center
stage tomorrow in an administrative
law hearing at the Federal Trade
Commission, contesting government
charges it illegally used bullying tactics
to quell competition.
The Intel case is not likely to have
the entertainment value of the
Microsoft antitrust case, now on a
month's recess at U.S. District Court
down the block.
Unlike the Microsoft antitrust trial,
there probably will not be any smoking
gun e-mails. Nor will there be bitter
disputes over what happened: Intel
acknowledges it did most of what the
FTC alleges; the company just claims it
acted legally.
Despite the lower profile, the Intel
case carries high stakes that ultimately
could affect prices, quality and innova-
tion in computers millions of people

now use.
The central issue in the government's
complaint is whether Intel Corp., holds
a monopoly in the market for micro-
processors, the "brains" of computers.
The FTC says yes, because Intel
microchips run about 80 percent of the
world's computers.
Study: carjacking
attempts often work
WASHINGTON - Just over half
the nation's annual average of nearly
49,000 caracking attempts are suc-
cessful, and almost two-thirds of the
incidents occur within five miles of the
owner's home, the Justice Department
reported yesterday.
Reporting on data for 1992 throu
1996, the most recent available, the
Bureau of Justice Statistics said that
each year an average of 48,787 carack-
ings are tried, and 24,520, or 50.3 per-
cent, succeed.
Victims were injured in 23 percent of
the completed carjackings but in only 10
percent of the unsuccessful ones.

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Salvadorans vote in
presidential election
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -
On the eve of a four-day visit to Central
America by President Clinton,
Salvadorans voted peacefully yesterday
in a presidential election that pitted a
former guerrilla commander against a
philosopher representing the extreme
right-wing party that has ruled their
tiny country for a decade.
Philosopher Francisco Flores, the
candidate of the ruling Nationalist
Republican Alliance, was favored to
lead a field of seven candidates but not
expected to receive enough votes to
avoid a runoff election next month.
Facundo Guardado, the candidate of
the former guerrillas of the Faribundo
Marti National Liberation Front, was
battling popular lawyer Ruben Zamora
for second place and the right to con-
front Flores in the second round.
Less than half of the 3 million regis-
tered voters cast ballots, election
authorities said.
Except for a few scattered incidents,

the voting took place in an orderly
fashion suggesting that a democratic
tradition is taking hold in this once war-
torn region. During this decade, freely
elected governments have replaced the
military dictatorships that provoked
civil wars in El Salvador, Guatem*
and Nicaragua along with repression in
Tension up amon
Kremlin leaders
MOSCOW - After nearly six
months of relative calm under Prime
Minister Yevgeny Primakov, t
Russian government appears headed fW
renewed turmoil as tension between the
Kremlin and key ministers mounts and
top officials hint at a Cabinet shake-up.
With President BorisYeltsin frequent-
ly in the hospital and detached from day-
to-day administration of the government,
the economy has deteriorated, and the
ruble is now hovering at an all-time low
of more than 23 to the dollar.
- Compiledfom Daily wire reports

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