August 2003
New Republic;8/18/2003-8/25/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 7/8, p8
The article offers a look at various political issues in the United States as of August 2003. After weeks of arguing that it does not matter whether Iraq actually sought uranium from Africa--as United States President George W. Bush inaccurately claimed in his State of the Union address--the Bush administration has a new explanation for why the absence of evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program is irrelevant. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said the Bush administration never claimed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was close to having nuclear weapons. Rice's revisionism is only part of a larger conservative counterattack. Bush has named Daniel Pipes, an eminent and scrupulous scholar of Arab politics and Islam to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, an appointment that requires Senate confirmation. It is exactly Pipes's aversion to pabulum that has persuaded a wide-ranging roster of notable area specialists and independent intellectuals to publicly endorse his nomination.


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