An Insertion Meant for Deletion

By Al Kamen
Monday, October 3, 2005

And now, reason No. 1,446 that Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes is having a hard time working the crowd in the Muslim world.

An ad listing Boeing, Bell Helicopter and other companies making the troubled Osprey CV-22 attack helicopter appeared in the National Journal last week. It shows soldiers rappelling from the chopper onto the roof of a building, which says in Arabic on the side, "Muhammad Mosque."

"It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell," the ad touts. "The CV-22 delivers Special Forces to insertion points never thought possible."

Like a mosque?

The folks at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), naturally, were furious and protested. Within hours, the companies and the National Journal responded. "We consider the ad offensive, regret its publication and apologize to those who like us are dismayed with its contents," Boeing said.

The companies said they had tried to pull the ad several weeks ago. It ran, National Journal Executive Vice President Elizabeth Baker Keffer told CAIR in an e-mail, "as the result of a clerical error on our part. We had received specific direction from the agency representing Boeing/Bell to not run the ad. We have apologized to Boeing, their partner Bell and their advertising agency [in Irving, Tex.] for this mistake. We accept full responsibility for the error."

Praise, Bury -- Same Difference

Despite predictions that he would face intense Democratic opposition, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sailed through to confirmation last week on a 78 to 22 vote. And many senators heaped lavish praise on him, according to a list compiled by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.).

"Incredible. Probably one of the most schooled appellate lawyers . . . at least in his generation," said one senator.

"A judge [who] will be loyal and faithful to the process of law, to the rule of law. A great legal mind," said a second senator.

"Qualified to sit on the highest court in the land. Humble. Personally decent. Very able. Very intelligent. Unflappable," said a third.

"A very smart man. An excellent lawyer. A very affable person. A thoughtful mainstream judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals," said a fourth.

And those were people who voted against him: Democratic Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), Barack Obama (Ill.) and Harry M. Reid (Nev.), in that order.

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