NASA’s spaced-out mission no longer includes … space

posted at 8:55 am on July 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The big takeaway from Byron York’s piece on the new mission of NASA will probably focus on making Muslims feel better about their scientific achievements, but that’s really just one part of the problem.  The expressed instructions from Barack Obama to Charles Bolden, the new administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, all have one thing in common: they have nothing to do with space.  Obama’s three new objectives have nothing to do with anything for which Congress should provide funds to NASA:

In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation’s space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to “re-inspire children” to study science and math, to “expand our international relationships,” and to “reach out to the Muslim world.”  Of those three goals, Bolden said in a recent interview with al-Jazeera, the mission to reach out to Muslims is “perhaps foremost,” because it will help Islamic nations “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments.

In the same interview, Bolden also said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching beyond low earth orbit without help from other nations.

Bolden made the statements during a recent trip to the Middle East.  He told al-Jazeera that in the wake of the president’s speech in Cairo last year, the American space agency is now pursuing “a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.”  Then:

When I became the NASA Administrator — before I became the NASA Administrator — [Obama] charged me with three things: One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

Hey, maybe that’s why Obama hasn’t taken the Iranian effort to build a nuclear bomb all that seriously until now.  He just wanted Iran to make the Muslim world feel good about their achievements in science!  And it’s hard to do to that unless you talk a lot about outstretched open hands — and ignore a freedom movement that wants to depose the brutal tyrants who are trying to give the Muslim world a new “historic contribution.”

Actually, Muslim nations should be insulted by the idea that the US pays NASA to provide them with paternalistic and patronizing validation and self-esteem boosts. And they probably will be.

The problem Byron uncovers goes farther than just the Muslim outreach, though.  NASA has always inspired children and even bolstered international relations, but not because that was its mission.  It did those things by pursuing solid goals of exploration of space, which is why Congress funds the agency.  Those esteem-boosters came as a secondary result of actual achievement, not as an end in itself.  The Obama administration wants to turn this over onto its head by making NASA a bureaucracy dedicated to self-esteem which might at some point have a goal that has to do with exploration of space.

This is a recipe for failure on an expensive scale.  Congress needs to either get the White House to redefine its mission for NASA or cut off its funds until the self-esteem party is canceled.


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What scientific breakthroughs? There haven’t been any major scientific achievements in the Middle East since… well, before the dawn of Islam. Which isn’t a coincidence. In some major universities in the Middle East, chemistry teaches that when hydrogen and oxygen are combined, by the grace of Allah, water results. That kind of willful ignorance to the basics of science helps make the entire region ignorant.

Red Cloud on July 5, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Space exploration never fed an poor obese child.

RBMN on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

There you go…now they can pat them on the back. Geez

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.80c425d08e43bd8ab419c2b2bb578795.141&show_article=1

tomas on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Well, with that sort of condescending pat on the back, how can they NOT love us?!

Good Solid B-Plus on July 5, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Unreal

blatantblue on July 5, 2010 at 9:05 AM

It’s sad how the “S” in NASA has been transformed into “Surrender”.

steveegg on July 5, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Space exploration never fed an poor obese child.

RBMN on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Space exploration isn’t going to help The Other Michelle’s children either.

steveegg on July 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

tomas on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Pfft. The Japanese had one of those 10 years ago.

Red Cloud on July 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

What scientific breakthroughs? There haven’t been any major scientific achievements in the Middle East since… well, before the dawn of Islam. Which isn’t a coincidence. In some major universities in the Middle East, chemistry teaches that when hydrogen and oxygen are combined, by the grace of Allah, water results. That kind of willful ignorance to the basics of science helps make the entire region ignorant.

Red Cloud on July 5, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Not at all true. They’d have some wonderful breakthroughs in bomb-vest technology.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Embarassing and pathetic. This cretin and his party have completely misread their alleged “mandate”. Limbaugh, sadly is right, they campaigned on a pack of lies not on their agenda.

And as I always say, the media should be held accountable some way. This was fraud on their parts too. It went beyond partisanship.

clnurnberg on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Obama’s not a Muslim so you people had better stop saying such things.

thomasaur on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Not at all true. They’d have some wonderful breakthroughs in bomb-vest technology.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I stand corrected.

Red Cloud on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

In the same interview, Bolden also said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching beyond low earth orbit without help from other nations.

We lost the moon!

Electrongod on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

There you go…now they can pat them on the back. Geez

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.80c425d08e43bd8ab419c2b2bb578795.141&show_article=1

tomas on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I noticed they made it smaller than amadinnerjacket…….

probably as not to offend…….

RealMc on July 5, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Obama’s not a Muslim so you people had better stop saying such things.

thomasaur on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

You show me the proof, I’ll stop saying it………

RealMc on July 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

And if other countries won’t work to achive we must be dragged into the sewer by this rotten Obama and his cronies.
He does not want children to be inspired, he wants them dependent and miserable enough to turn on their ambitious peers, to intimidate and eventually to expropriate.

clnurnberg on July 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

How far we’ve fallen since President Kennedy’s vow.

aunursa on July 5, 2010 at 9:14 AM

It breaks my heart! I feel nauseous! How could Obama have caused such serious damage unchallenged? Are we a nation of lemmings, being willfully led off a cliff? I don’t want to wait until November for some moderate change…we have to find a way to remove the Saboteur party from power NOW!

stonemeister on July 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

As a fan of science and physics, I find what Obama has done to NASA to be an absolute insult of the scientific community as a whole.

The role of NASA has been and should remain the study and exploration of space.

By this time, we should have had an active inhabited colony on the Moon, as well as have been planning for the first manned mission to Mars. We should have also been looking into further space exploration beyond our own solar system.

Instead, thanks to narrow minded politicians with virtually no vision or imagination, and I put Barack Obama at the very top of this list, NASA has been stagnated and is now a shadow of what it once was.

This is beyond a tragedy what has been allowed to happen to this once great organization.

pilamaye on July 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

This clown needs to go.

BallisticBob on July 5, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Space exploration by Muslims, of course! Hasn’t Hamas turned Gaza into Cape Canaveral II with their trying to launch thousands of missiles to the Moon and Mars, but unfortunately the missiles fall short of their target and come down in Israel.

Didn’t Muslims discover the scientific invention of the Suicide Bomber? Imagine the scientific discoveries the Muslims made in the determining the physics of high explosives interacting with human flesh. What is the proper escape velocity of the explosive propellant needed in order to fully take advantage of a body bomb filled with metal ball bearings? This is Nobel Physics Prize material, folks!

And Iran is trying to put a nuclear device in outer space. Space science, physics, mathematics!!!
A slight problem still has to be solved as the Iranian scientists have not yet figured out how to make the nuclear bomb-tipped rocket land any where but in Israel.

albill on July 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

President Obama is actually half right on this. I say half right because on the one hand he is correct by saying that we should be relying on the private sector for getting us into space. Citizens against government waste did a great write up here.

Where he gets it wrong, of course, is that once we rely on the private sector, we shouldn’t be giving the same (or more!) funds to NASA, to do the things York outlined above. NASA has, and always should be, doing the things that are too risky for the private sector, not study global warming, do outreach, or things of that sort.

schmitty on July 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

It seems these days that each and every morning I wake up, we read or hear about another new delusional policy coming out of Obama’s administration. One that only dumbs down our nation and it’s greatness. This story on redefining Nasa’s goals is almost a parody of Obama himself. Remember his June 2009 Cairo speech where he almost tripped over himself lying about the World’s dept to the ‘scientific achievements of Islam’? Where he basically claimed that Islam invented algebra, optics, the printing press, etc*? All lies and misinformation designed to support a failed foreign policy. What country does Obama think we’re living in and does he really think we’re idiots?

*http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/06/fjordman-to-president-obama-regarding-islam-and-science.html

16MPG on July 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

All of this Muslim outreach & self-esteem boosting, at US taxpayer expense, makes me wonder about whether the Obama Administration’s treatment of Israel has made them “feel good”.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This clown needs to go.

BallisticBob on July 5, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Total clown

blatantblue on July 5, 2010 at 9:20 AM

This is both idiotic and deeply disturbing. I’m sure Iran feels very good about their scientific accomplishments.

ProfessorMiao on July 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

My God, what an anti-intellectual pile of horse droppings. 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Rational Thought on July 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM

There you go…now they can pat them on the back. Geez

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.80c425d08e43bd8ab419c2b2bb578795.141&show_article=1

tomas on July 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

What, you’ve never seen “A Fistful of Yen”? Fast-forward to the 4:30 mark of part 2.

steveegg on July 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM

If nothing else and it’s just starting beta but NASA’s mmo has really cool and fun so far. I actually have no problem with them and the Army doing education style games like this for recruitment and PR.

Doctor Zhivago on July 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

albill on July 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

It’s early, but…

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steveegg on July 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Now Another Socialist Agency the NEW IMPROVED NASA

CommentGuy on July 5, 2010 at 9:26 AM

This continued Oprahfication of culture and policy nauseates. There was a time when I wanted to send my kids to space camp…now I fear they’ll be subjected to on-staff “life coaches” asking them how they feel about quasars and whether they think black holes are racially insensitive.

Once the envy of the world, now a laughing stock. I don’t see how we’ll make it to 2012 at this rate.

Bee on July 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM

The Nobel Committee has truly beclowned itself in recent years, but it is interesting to look at past awards for Jews and Muslims:

http://www.jewishmag.com/99mag/nobel/nobel.htm

Through 2005, there were 165 Jewish Nobel winners and 6 Muslim winners. There also seems to be a slight disparity in the population counts of the two.

GnuBreed on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Space, the final jihad.

SlaveDog on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

We’re not the muslims the first ones to fully test the flying of 747′s into buildings to murder thousands?

JakeRightThought on July 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Am I paranoid, or are the walls of dhimmitude steadily closing in on us?

Gang-of-One on July 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM

How far we’ve fallen since President Kennedy’s vow.
aunursa on July 5, 2010 at 9:14 AM

We do these things, not because they are easy…

Well, OK, we do them because they are easy. But we also do them because they make anti-scientific fanatics feel even more self-important than they already do.

logis on July 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Fire up the magic schoolbus kiddies …

PackerBronco on July 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Muslims just want to learn how to fly a spacecraft, they don’t need to learn how to land it.
/

pain train on July 5, 2010 at 9:32 AM

But he’s right!

Just look at the technological advances they are responsible for: particularly in the fields of security, explosive detection and unmanned attack aircraft.

Stephen Macklin on July 5, 2010 at 9:34 AM

All of this Muslim outreach & self-esteem boosting, at US taxpayer expense, makes me wonder about whether the Obama Administration’s treatment of Israel has made them “feel good”.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I am slowly coming to the conclusion that Obama has no interest in stopping Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, but a tremendous interest in using Israel’s concerns about an nuclear Iran to bludgeon Israel into submission.

ProfessorMiao on July 5, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Space, the final jihad.

SlaveDog on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

+1000 Sort of funny, but sort of not.

ProfessorMiao on July 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

This is a recipe for failure on an expensive scale.

All by Chef O’bama’s design, of course.

Del Dolemonte on July 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

What country does Obama think we’re living in and does he really think we’re idiots?

16MPG on July 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

He thinks we’re living in one of the world’s largest Muslim countries, as he described the U.S. in his fabulously earth-shattering Cairo speech.

And clearly, a majority of us are idiots, otherwise there’s no way a blithering moron like Barry Hussein Obama would be living in the White House.

AZCoyote on July 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

The new hockey stick curve where everything is all pucked up.

CommentGuy on July 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Those esteem-boosters came as a secondary result of actual achievement, not as an end in itself.

So I guess this is the natural progression of the educational self esteem movement? No real acheivements but we’ll all feel good about it. Good grief! 

lizzie beth on July 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Obviously the Administrator is a political-appointee toady, but this has to sting the true aerospace scientists left at NASA. Those with any self-respect should loudly resign.

KS Rex on July 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I mean seriously, four or five responses are all I can come up with these days for any or this administration’s policies and follies: “Unbelievable”, “You have got to be kidding me”, my personal favorite “Worst President EVER!” and the classic “WTF?”.

Vigilante on July 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This continued Oprahfication of culture and policy nauseates. There was a time when I wanted to send my kids to space camp…now I fear they’ll be subjected to on-staff “life coaches” asking them how they feel about quasars and whether they think black holes are racially insensitive.

Once the envy of the world, now a laughing stock. I don’t see how we’ll make it to 2012 at this rate.

Bee on July 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Space camp was awesome, even though I went to the 2nd tier one in Ohio, not the national one.

I guess instead of a simulated shuttle mission they now do a simulated Muslim outreach seminar?

Good Solid B-Plus on July 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

As someone who has worked on various NASA programs for years I can say this (paraphrasing the imitable Dr McCoy): I am an engineer, not a psychiatrist.

It also explains why NASA’s budget has less and less real engineering work being done while being consumed by mindless process, bureaucracies and feel good activities.

The community organizer is trying to organize. How quaint.

AJStrata

AJStrata on July 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Space, the final jihad.

SlaveDog on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

LOL!

We’re not the muslims the first ones to fully test the flying of 747’s into buildings to murder thousands?

JakeRightThought on July 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

+ 1

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM

And clearly, a majority of us are idiots, otherwise there’s no way a blithering moron like Barry Hussein Obama would be living in the White House.

AZCoyote on July 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Sad, scary, but true.

Gang-of-One on July 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Community organizing space program. Change we can believe in.

Kissmygrits on July 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Too much money to he wasted onexploring

haha islam. Haha oboma

general strike is called for

WE should pick a day and nationally not work in protest to this commie, anti American pos

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Any doubts about where his loyalty lies, now?

OldEnglish on July 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Imam’s In Space!

When will this clowns BS stop? How offensive will his actions have to be before the lame stream media holds his feet to the fire adn say WTF?

It is a Space Agency, damm it! Seems the only space is between BHO ears.

EliTheBean on July 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

GnuBreed on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Wow, no wonder the Muslim world needs self-esteem help (at US taxpayer expense)!
That comparison is illustrative!

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Muslim is the new Negro of the world

I hear you get lots of other peoples stuff when you follow the pied commie piper

we should be sending them back

we are going to change to their flawed ways of life and extinguish our leadership, goodness and exellence

we will become them before they become us and I find that a fight worth fighting

give me liberty or give me death

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I guess NASA reports to the teachers union now

Muslims are the new n egro of the world I guess

how lucky they are to reach estemed bovine status

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 10:05 AM

It is comforting at the moment to know whites are superior to Muslims by obamas own admission

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

And the destruction of America has accelerated.

Achievement is no longer a goal. The goal is now to feel good or at least appear to feel good.

Reaching out to the Muslim world will involve massive immigration to the US by Muslims who destroyed their own countries through Islamic hate, violence, and oppression. With Muslim birthrates far outstripping ‘western’ birthrates the ‘west’ will be Muslim (and therefore oppressed by Islam) within 50-100 years.

Great job Obama.

GardenGnome on July 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

…Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

Aside from the obvious, the problem with this is that Muslims never made any contributions to science. Everything they ever knew about it they learned from the Greeks. Now, I suppose you could call spreading Greek knowledge around while murdering their way from Persia to the Iberian peninsula a contribution, but that’s not the word I would choose.

Kafir on July 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Whiskey.

Tango.

Foxtrot!!

Without question this policy rockets (to coin a phrase) up near the top of the Obamateurisms of the Year.

dissent555 on July 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Seems the only space is between BHO ears.

EliTheBean on July 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

The Final Frontier.

dissent555 on July 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I wonder if Obama means to include inspiring American children?
This is another demonstration of Obama’s way of thinking: Everything is propoganda; actually achieving anything is irrelevant.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 5, 2010 at 10:14 AM

In the same interview, Bolden also said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching beyond low earth orbit without help from other nations.

This statement made me stop reading for a moment. I knew that we were in “shuttle mode” for decades, but always thought NASA had plans for down the road.

As a kid who was glued to the TV watching the Mercury and Apollo programs, I just KNEW that by 2010 we’d have a colony on the Moon and the beginnings of one on Mars. Along with all kinds of cool orbiting space stations, space docks, etc. 1969 to 2010…41 years. Am I that much of a space nut to think that?

Now I read that Obama’s vision for NASA is…outreach? NASA and the Military are (were, in NASA’s case) 2 “government agencies” that I actually felt good about.

I know the arguments about privatizing space travel and pretty much agree. Still, I was proud of the AMERICAN program called NASA, and what it has accomplished.

cranbone on July 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Honestly, I can say dear God what the HELL is going on here?!

This is NASA, whose mission is SPACEFLIGHT and NOTHING ELSE, jeez can the next REAL AMERICAN LEADER PLEASE STAND UP?!

‘Cause the one we have now is just a damn embarassment

SgtSVJones on July 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM

What a gargantuan idiot.

NASA budget this year: 19 BILLION dollars

To “reach out to Muslims”.

He’d been better off to just close it. At least he could have said he was working to reduce the deficit.

Did I mention he’s a big idiot?

Rod on July 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM

It’s already been a bad morning and then there’s this crap…

Ok, the next US President or head of any state that takes Islamic Jihad seriously funds a project to put huge lights on the moon visible from Earth in the shape of bomb-turban Mohammed.

Canadian Infidel on July 5, 2010 at 10:21 AM

And why should we be concerned about making muzzies feel better

have they spawned terror in fewer countries than last year

I figured they were earning a “HUD” like cattle roundup in my fair estimation

I’m glad to know that libs/commies are sooo much smarter

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Count me as puzzled. Why isn’t NASA working on man made global warming?

De-fund NASA.

petefrt on July 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM

How bout reaching out to white Christians, you know the people who designed and built this place?

We will be glad to help as long as you will listen

Sonosam on July 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

And as I always say, the media should be held accountable some way. This was fraud on their parts too. It went beyond partisanship.

clnurnberg on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The media always cite the 1st Amendment as meaning(about free press)”the public’s right to know”. So if we have a constitutional right to know, shouldn’t we be able to sue the MSM for depriving us of that right?

cartooner on July 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Rocket/Space technology. Indonesian Muslim scientists. Indonesian Muslim fanatics abound.

How fast do you think the information they aquire gets transferred to Iran/Syria etc? Seems we already had Pakistani nuke scientists share info with Iran they weren’t suppose to. Can’t we learn from the first time?

Dumb. Giving them the technical expertise to destroy us.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Øbama‘s ilk of leftists sees the Muslim world as its ally in the struggle against “Empire”; namely, Israel and America. Purifying the World: What the New Radical Ideology Stands For

petefrt on July 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

We are so screwed. NASA used to be the leading edge of technology. Now it is just another tool of the Obama apology machine. If we do not take back congress in November, we are finished as a country.

simkeith on July 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”

the_nile on July 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Pfft. The Japanese had one of those 10 years ago.

Red Cloud on July 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I’d be willing to be that 95% of that thing is the Japanese version.

So no that NASA is out of the space exploration business, any bets on them focusing on another, more intricate global warming scam??

BigWyo on July 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I think NASA’s been wasting $$ for years on the education end.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do think that some education on the space program for students should be a focus for NASA, i.e. Space Camp, etc.
But you should see the worthless crap they are funding.
I recently attended a workshop for continuing teacher ed on the geology of ND & the guy had received a grant from NASA for it (as well as other things at the college).
The $$ helped pay for the field trip we took to the badlands, our lunch, & a lot of worthless printed material from NASA.
In this day & age, NASA should just make their info available for download on the web (which they do) & quit paying to print pretty pictures of astronauts & stupid ‘lesson plans’ for k-8 kids.

Badger40 on July 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM

This is absolutely disgusting. It doesn’t matter how good you feel, or how much you let other nations catch up in space. What matters is whether you have a realistic, workable plan to destroy a killer asteroid, the capability of setting up a lunar colony as a basis for exploring the rest of the Solar System, and the technology to kill Chinese killer satellites.

The last of the Apollo rockets rots at the Johnson space center because years and years ago, it was also decided that buying votes was more profitable than extending Mankind’s reach. How the fickety-facking-you-know-what did we do this all over again?

Sekhmet on July 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM

What an absolute disgrace. Doesn’t this idiot understand that NASA is one of the greatest symbols of the US throughout the world? And this was achieved not by “reaching out” to muslims, but by actually achieving stuff. You know, in SPACE!

*sigh*

madne0 on July 5, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Without a clearly defined objective and mission, the people in NASA will resort to the lowest common denominator and become mere rent seekers.

Inanemergencydial on July 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM

What a bunch of losers. Not sure if they’re evil, and not really sure they qualify as stupid.

Just LOSERS, all of them.

Weak, pathetic men without chests.

greggriffith on July 5, 2010 at 11:04 AM

reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

Seriously: How is this going to work in practice? Are we going to send in Al Franken as a special consultant?

Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!

Joe Caps on July 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I had a motivational poster once that said the following: ” Even if you are on the right path if you are standing still you’ll be run over by those moving forward.

It doesn’t matter a whole hill of beans if you invented gun powder (Chinese) or you contributed something to math (Arabs) in the past. When you quit moving forward on that path (Chinese and Arabs) you got run over by those (Europeans and Americans) who kept moving forward. At least the Chinese are moving forward on that path the Muslim world is still at the point they entered and shell shocked that the path is overgrown with weeds and difficult to follow. When they start moving forward and accomplishing something they will feel better about themselves without us telling them it’s okay they got the wrong answer because they tried hard.

chemman on July 5, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Time to shut down NASA. If their mission has become one of public relations, instead of research and exploration, then there is no reason to keep it going.

Snake307 on July 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM

FUBO

ElectricPhase on July 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Charles Bolden needs to immediately resign as a matter of honor. This charge from Obama is hogwash.

LEBA on July 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The only consolation I’m able to manufacture for myself in this story is that, unless I’m mistaken, a disproportionate number of NASA employees voted for Obama. This is probably going to mean a bitter cup for them to have to drink, but I hope it’s very, very deep.

greggriffith on July 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM

he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

Sounds like an international version of everybody gets a trophey.

Hellrider on July 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Space, the final jihad.

SlaveDog on July 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

In space, no one can hear you scream “Allah Akbar.”

Sharke on July 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Not merely un-American, but anti-American.

How in hell can space not be part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration?

rbj on July 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Hey, zero is just trying to out Carter-Carter, who gave the Panama Canal by giving away outer space exploration.

dragondrop on July 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM

he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

(1) Why?
(2) What For?
(3) A) Why don’t the Muslims already feel good about their historic contributions?

Actually, Muslim nations should be insulted by the idea that the US pays NASA to provide them with paternalistic and patronizing validation and self-esteem boosts.

Actually Ed, the U.S. – because we are the great Satan – always lies to them – so just what response will they have to us telling them how brilliant they have always been down through history????

Oopsdaisy on July 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Muslims did contribute quite a bit to scientific progress…up until the late Middle Ages. Since then, not much. In fact, I’d say Israeli Jews have contributed more scientific progress in the last 50 years than the entire Muslim world in the last 500.

Another indicator that Obama is the Islamo-Mannchurian Candidate.

kd6rxl on July 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM

This is insane.

CWforFreedom on July 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Charles Bolden needs to immediately resign as a matter of honor. This charge from Obama is hogwash.

LEBA on July 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I dunno. Seems to me like he took the handoff & is running as fast as he can with it.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I wouldn’t give the Muslims too much credit even for suicide-bomb technology. It was really the Tamils in Sri Lanka who pioneered suicide-bombing.

kd6rxl on July 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Obama’s not a Muslim so you people had better stop saying such things.

thomasaur on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Of course not. He just shares all their goals and objectives.

Extrafishy on July 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Did anybody ever ask the head of the FAA what instructions Obama gave him regarding “Making the Muslim World proud of their aviation accomplishments?”

Or is Obama just “focusing like a laser beam” on the next logical step in “Muslim scientific advancement?”

If they could do all that with 747′s, just imagine where they could take a Space Shuttle!

logis on July 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

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