GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 9 -- Former President Gerald Ford says President Clinton has made mistakes in handling the Kosovo crisis, and thinks NATO's military effort should include ground troops. Ford made the comments today during the dedication of a new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in his former hometown of Grand Rapids.
Ford faulted Clinton for two significant miscalculations on Kosovo. First, Ford says it was wrong to think Serbian aggression against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo could be stopped with only a military air campaign. Second, the former president says Clinton should have foreseen the refugee crisis. Ford supports a full NATO military effort with ground troops and air attacks. He also says the three American soldiers held by Yugoslav forces must be properly treated while in captivity according to international law. The museum exhibit 'The American Century' includes a Patriot missile from the Gulf War, the top hat worn by Woodrow Wilson at the Versailles Peace Conference, a Franklin Roosevelt wheelchair and a pair of Hugh Hefner's pajamas. ---
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