Mr. John R.
Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace. I appreciate your concerns and value the opportunity to respond.
As you may know, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The President of the United States appoints and the Senate confirms appointees to the Institute's Board of Directors.
On April 1, 2003, President Bush sent the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the United States Senate to be a member of the Board of Directors for USIP. Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and a prize-winning columnist for the New York Post and The Jerusalem Post. In addition, Mr. Pipes has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College and has served in various capacities at the Departments of State and Defense, including vice chairman of the presidential-appointed Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships. Furthermore, Mr. Pipes serves on the "Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology" at the Department of Defense and is considered to be one the foremost scholars on Islam. Many scholars support the nomination of Mr. Pipes and agree that he has always worked to support Islam and Muslims.
Many anti-war and extremist groups oppose the appointment of Mr. Pipes because of his vociferous opposition to extremist Islam and his lack of academic background. I believe these criticisms to be illogical and not within the scope in which Mr. Pipes will serve the Institute. Mr. Pipes is well qualified and extremely knowledgeable about international diplomacy.
Therefore, I support President Bush and his nomination of Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace. I believe Mr. Pipes will bring a well-experienced background and a commitment to ensure a positive relationship between the United States and the Islamic world.
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With warm regards, I remain