And action against Boykin almost certainly would create a fresh set of political problems for the administration. Some of Bush's prominent conservative allies already are warning of a backlash among the president's evangelical Christian supporters if Boykin is dumped.
"The president is bending over backwards to placate the Muslims, who themselves are trying to destroy the United States of America," Virginia Beach-based religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said on his "700 Club" telecast this week. "It isn't just a few terrorists, it's a mass of people - we're talking possibly hundreds and hundreds of millions of people."
And to understand why he made those remarks is to realize how badly things are going for U.S. foreign policy...Not long ago Washington was talking about Malaysia as an important partner in the war on terror. Now Mr. Mahathir thinks that to cover his domestic flank, he must insert hateful words into a speech mainly about Muslim reform. That tells you, more accurately than any poll, just how strong the rising tide of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism among Muslims in Southeast Asia has become. Thanks to its war in Iraq and its unconditional support for Ariel Sharon, Washington has squandered post-9/11 sympathy and brought relations with the Muslim world to a new low.
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