In August 2003, news leaked of Pipes' imminent appointment to the U.government-sponsored U.S. Institute of Peace. Soon afterwards, a broad array of Arab-American, American Muslim, and other groups, vehemently denounced the appointment, claiming that Pipes was a racist, anti-Islamic extremist. Several Democratic senators, including Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut), expressed opposition to the nomination and delayed a committee vote on it, though President Bush bypassed the Senate and proceeded with a recess appointment.
This incident was the latest in the series of confrontations Pipes has had with various U.S-based Islamic groups, especially the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR maintains that Pipes is an anti-Islamic bigot, while Pipes in turn charges that CAIR is an apologist for Islamist terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas (see external links). Daniel Pipes is a light in a sea of murder, mendacity aand barbarism. His is a strident, informed authority on the infrastructure of the malignancy that is radical fundementalism. He "gets"it - poor bastard
Daniel Pipes and the U.S. Institute of Peace
In response, a number of militant Islamic and radical Arab organizations protested.
At the mark-up hearing on July 23, 2003, several Democratic senators opposed Mr. Pipes's nomination. They spoke so long that there was no longer a quorom in the room when a vote was to be taken.
Eager to have a full board at the USIP, President Bush recess appointed Mr. Pipes on August 22, 2003. Effective immediately, he serves on the board, where he will remain until January 2005.