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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1999 'lhi:l)\ii.vNi;\\s A3 Specialists: NATO campaign not a model The Associated Press WASHINGTON - While relishing what some call a revolutionary triumph for air power, senior Air Force officers and strategists are working to ensure the Kosovo campaign doesn't become a model for future wars. These specialists worry that NATO's victory in the Balkans could set unrealistic expectations for airstrikes and legitimize faulty strategic decisions. They are urging that policymakers avoid repeating the "war by committee" waged by NATO, and the gradual application of air power £iat they say prolonged the conflict in the Balkans. Some of these specialists also say that if the United States again participates in an air-only campaign, the top officers should include a commander steeped in the uses of combat air power. Others caution against expecting the next victory to come with no U.S. or allied pilots killed in combat. Air Force Lt. Gen. Marvin Esmond likens the 78-day Kosovo campaign to "throwing a no- hitter," in that only two NATO ~ Executives found guilty in $&millk>n insurance fraud TAMPA, Ra. — Two executives of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the biggest hospital chain in the nation, were convicted Friday of defrauding Medicare and other government insurance programs of nearly $3 million. The jury acquitted another executive and could not reach a verdict on a fourth defendant. Jay Jarrell and Robert Whiteside were found guilty. Michael Neeb was acquitted. The jury could not reach a verdict on Carl Lynn Dick. The executives were accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid, which serve the elderly, poor and disabled, and CHAMPUS, which is medical insurance for the military. The trial resulted from a six- state investigation of Nashville- based Columbia/HCA, once one of the fastest-growing hospital companies in the nation. Creator of M&Ms candies dead at 95 McLEAN, Va. — Forrest Mars Sr., who created M&Ms candies and built one of the biggest fortunes in America as head of the Mars candy empire, has died. He was 95. The reclusive billionaire, one of the richest men in America, died of natural causes Thursday night in Miami, said Sharon Heffelfinger, a spokeswoman for McLean-based Mars Inc. She said no further information wouid be released. Summers sworn in as 71st treasury secretary WASHINGTON — Lawrence Summers was sworn in Friday as the nation's 71st treasury secretary in a private ceremony at the White House. Summers, with his wife, Victoria, three children and parents watching, took the oath of office from Vice President Al Gore. President Clinton and other members of his economic team, including outgoing Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, were present for the brief ceremony in the Oval Office. The Associated Press CARPET 3 ROOMS • $399 40. Yards 5 I'nlftr^ Stain Proof Rf<.idcntinl Free Pad Vffordahle < arpet 4AI I'f\as Virnuc f\av ( i(\. 1\ 775 941-0010 They are urging that policy-makers avoid repeating the "war by committee" waged by NATO, and the gradual application of air power that they, say prolonged the conflict in the Balkans. planes and no pilots were lost. "You cant get used to that kind of performance," said Esmond, deputy chief of staff in charge of air and space operations. While displaying unabashed pride in his service's accomplishment, he says the United States runs the risk of becoming "so confident that we lose our cautiousness about putting (the military) in harm's way." For as long as airplanes have flown into battle, accepted military doctrine has held that only combat troops can decisively change the military and political situation on the ground, that air power alone cannot decide a conflict. In the wake of the Kosovo campaign, some military analysts are rethinking that doctrine. '1 didn't want to change my beliefs, but there was too much evidence accumulating to stick to the article of faith," military historian John Keegan wrote in The Daily Telegraph of London re- cently. "It now does look as if air power has prevailed in the Balkans and that the time to redefine how victory in war may be won has come." Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Faber, a senior strategic planner, said the Air Force "proved a major point" in military circles by showing that airstrikes can accomplish more than simply prepare a battlefield for a ground assault. Dan Kuehl, a professor at the National Defense University and one of the planners of the Persian Gulf War air campaign, views the success of air power in Kosovo as evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. But he suggests that in the future political leaders, made overconfident by Kosovo, "may feel tempted hi a crisis to splash a little air power on the problem and it will go away." An internal Air Force critique of the Kosovo campaign, however, questions the Clinton adminis- tration's initial decision to remove ground troops as an option should Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic refuse to buckle. "The threat or use of all branches of combat arms should be brought to bear upon an aggressor motivated by unlimited objectives," concludes an Air Force document to be used as talking points by senior officers. Another complaint is the slow start of the bombing. The Kosovo campaign began with what Esmond called a "confidence-gaining phase" that lacked the punch to force Milosevic back to the negotiating table. But it was necessary to convince political leaders that more air power could be unleashed with minimal risk of major U.S. losses, he said. "Could we have done it quicker? Absolutely," Esmond said. "But then, what cost is that speed?" The Air Force paper, obtained by The Associated Press, attributes the slow start to an unwillingness by policy-makers to risk casualties. "Airmen would have preferred (inflicting) shock and paralysis," in the opening stages of the campaign, the paper concludes. 'Godfather'author Puzo dead at 78 The Associated Press i j NEW YORK - Best-selling author Mario Puzo, creator of the fictional Corleone mob family and winner of two Oscars for his screen adaptations of his book "The Godfather," died Friday. He was 78. Puzo died, apparently of heart failure, at his home in Bay Shore on Long Island, said Neil Olson, his literary agent. Puzo had just finished work on his latest book, "Omerta." The ! book is due out in July 2000. j Puzo, who wrote seven other I novels in addition to "The Godfather," was born in New York, the son of illiterate Italian immigrants. After serving in World War II, he began his writing career — starting out doing pulp stories for men's magazines. But his literary ambitions were much higher, and he published his first novel, "The Dark Arena," in 1955. Puzo's next book was an autobiographical piece about the Italian immigrant experience. "The Fortunate Pilgrim" was hailed by The New York Times as "a small classic." "The Godfather," which came out in 1969, covered a different immigrant experience: It focused on the Corleone family, Italians who came to the United States and plunged into the world of organized crime. The book sold more than 21 million copies worldwide, and spawned movies that became American cinematic classics. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro brought Puzo's characters to the screen; Puzo co-wrote the screenplays with director Francis Ford Coppola. "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part TJ" (1974) both won best-picture Oscars as well as the Oscars for best script Part IH (1990) was less successful but did pick up some Oscar nominations, including best picture. 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