By Alex Pepper

Jul 6, 2010 1:59pm

White House, NASA, Defend Comments About NASA Outreach to Muslim World Criticized by Conservatives

The White House and NASA today defended comments by National Aeronautic Space Administration administrator Charles Bolden about reaching out to the Muslim world – comments that conservatives criticized as undermining NASA’s mission.

A few days ago, in Cairo, Bolden told Al Jazeera that when he became the NASA administrator, President Obama charged him with three things: "One, 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 and engineering — science, math and engineering."

This was part of President Obama’s desire, as stated in his Cairo address last year, to begin a new chapter in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world, Bolden said.

Bolden told Al Jazeera that this mission had nothing to do with diplomacy, but rather was rooted in expanding US outreach for tangible reasons. The international space station, he said, is a conglomerate of 15-plus nations, including the Russians and Japanese. Bolden said his mission to the Muslim world is a “matter of trying to reach out and try to get the best of all worlds.” No nation will make it to Mars on its own, he said.

But the comments have caused a kafuffle. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York interviewed former NASA administrator Michael Griffin, who headed the space agency during the last four years of the administration of President George W. Bush, who called Bolden’s stated charge for NASA a “perversion of NASA’s purpose.”

“NASA was chartered by the 1958 Space Act to develop the arts and sciences of flight in the atmosphere and in space and to go where those technologies will allow us to go,” Griffin said  “That’s what NASA does for the country.  It is a perversion of NASA’s purpose to conduct activities in order to make the Muslim world feel good about its contributions to science and mathematics.” Griffin made clear he was criticizing the policy, not Bolden, whom he praised.

On Fox News Channel, commentator Charles Krauthammer called Bolden’s comments “a new height of fatuousness. NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there. This idea of 'to feel good about your past scientific achievements' is the worst kind of group therapy, psycho-babble, imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy. If I didn't know that Obama had told him this, I'd demand the firing of Charles Bolden. The way I would of Michael Steele. This is absolutely unbelievable."

Other conservative media pounced as well, including HotAir’s Ed Morrissey; National Review’s Victor Davis Hanson; and others.

NASA assistant administrator for public affairs Bob Jacobs told ABC News that “Administrator Bolden understands that NASA's core mission is exploration, both in space and in scientific endeavors here at home.  Inherent to the success of that mission is cooperation and collaboration with other nations which are equally committed to this effort, including expanding the range of countries with which NASA engages and partners.”

In response to criticism, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement that “The President has always said that he wants NASA to engage with the world’s best scientists and engineers as we work together to push the boundaries of exploration.  Meeting that mandate requires NASA to partner with countries around the world like Russia and Japan, as well as collaboration with Israel and with many Muslim-majority countries.  The space race began as a global competition, but, today, it is a global collaboration.”

Another response was offered by the liberal media monitoring group Media Matters, which wrote a story titled “Yet again, an Obama official says ‘Muslim,’ right-wing media freak-out follows.”

-Jake Tapper

User Comments

The Democrat’s PC garbage for all to see. Wonderful!

Posted by: Jthomas309 | July 6, 2010, 2:08 pm 2:08 pm

I believe the word is “kerfuffle”, not “Kafuffle”. James Taranto would be disappointed.

Posted by: Sam | July 6, 2010, 2:09 pm 2:09 pm

Remember when Joe “we have to borrow and spend more money to keep from going bankrupt” Biden said Republicans were “anti science?”
What could be more anti science than changing NASA’s mission to “Muslim outreach?” The inmates are truly running the asylum.

Posted by: spoutinghorn | July 6, 2010, 2:10 pm 2:10 pm

Unfortunately it’s not difficult to imagine why Major Hasan’s superiors were reluctant to call him out.
The White House response above is a non-response, highlighted by the platitude that “The space race began as a global competition, but, today, it is a global collaboration.”

Posted by: Bob | July 6, 2010, 2:26 pm 2:26 pm

The Obama administration can’t use the word ‘jihad’, because that word is discriminatory. But in Obama’s supposedly ‘secular’ government, foreign policy explicitly favors Muslims.
I suppose this is what happens when principles are missing. Hypocrisy and insensitivity are heralded as signs of progress.
Should we now expect Muslims to criticize the US if NASA fails to deliver on its new mission? What kind of idiot sets up a nation for failure in a vain attempt to show his ‘good intentions’?

Posted by: Mike, CO | July 6, 2010, 2:28 pm 2:28 pm

“perhaps foremost” is the troubling part, how far has NASA fallen to go from “Failure is not an option” to “make dominantly Muslim nations feel good about their contributions to science”?
If “perhaps foremost” was instead worded as “whenever possible”, it would be a smaller kufuffle… I guess this replaces NASA’s old mission of making Germans feel good about their contributions to science, in the person of Werner VonBraun & his ex-Nazi partners that built the Saturn V, as well as other, rockets???
This is a perversion of NASA’s charter, plain and simple.

Posted by: N2vip | July 6, 2010, 2:33 pm 2:33 pm

Charles Bolden did not say that part of NASA’s mission was to work with other countries. He said – and the video’s there – that there were three things Obama told him to do.
“. . . before I became the NASA Administrator – he [Obama] charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that 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 predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”
The problem Conservatives have with this is that shouldn’t Obama have at least mentioned space exploration, too? Also, could Jake Tapper PLEASE ask Robert Gibbs about the specific historic contribution Muslim nations have made to science, math, and engineering? Or could NASA put them on their website? What are those things???? Why pat them on the head for something they haven’t historically done??

Posted by: Liberty Jane | July 6, 2010, 2:38 pm 2:38 pm

Ughhh….
This is the biggest story in the news today. Why is it buried in this blog on ABC NEWS? Dont answer. I know why

Posted by: Steve | July 6, 2010, 2:39 pm 2:39 pm

Could someone hand Bolden a world history book please!!?? It was not “muslims” that made contributions to science! It was the Persians, Ottomans, Babylonians, Arabs, etc., etc., and it predated islam! If anything, when islam oppressed these once great cultures, science there took a step back! What an ultramaroon!

Posted by: Paxnhymn | July 6, 2010, 2:41 pm 2:41 pm

When will people wake up? The current administration will spare no efforts to pervert every institution of the American government.
This is a transparent move to destroy NASA and the US Manned Space Program. The far left has NEVER liked it. It’s time for Americans to wake up before every institution that makes us great is destroyed.

Posted by: Stacy Brian Bartley | July 6, 2010, 2:43 pm 2:43 pm

Charles Bolden should get off his butt,quit playing the PC game with Al Jazeera or any other press organization and try to salvage the manned space program.I thought that he would be a great guy for the job, a kickass marine aviator who could fix the sclerotic space program and get Orion up and running.Boy,was I wrong.Thanks,Obama for destroying American manned space flight.

Posted by: Nephron | July 6, 2010, 2:48 pm 2:48 pm

How has this tiny blip on the PR radar provoked such passionate responses from the media? I mean really. What the guy said has zero consequences. Ignore.

Posted by: KNiefet | July 6, 2010, 2:48 pm 2:48 pm

Just an outside observation:
You are all freekin’ nuts.
Cheers.

Posted by: Gavin | July 6, 2010, 2:54 pm 2:54 pm

It may be as simple as this clip states;
“Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, in which President Obama told him that he was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.”

Posted by: Ed Taylor | July 6, 2010, 2:55 pm 2:55 pm

“.I thought that he would be a great guy for the job, a kickass marine aviator who could fix the sclerotic space program and get Orion up and running.Boy,was I wrong”
But then he talked about Muslim outreach and all his qualifications disappeared I guess.
Ladies and gentleman I present the racism of the right wing.

Posted by: Ryan C | July 6, 2010, 2:57 pm 2:57 pm

What you really have to ask is Obama trying to give technology to a sect bent on destroying America??????
Obama VS America

Posted by: Yep I said that | July 6, 2010, 2:58 pm 2:58 pm

One great Democrate lauched the space program and one “great” Democrate is about to auger it in.

Posted by: Scott | July 6, 2010, 3:08 pm 3:08 pm

Can’t hide the fact.
Barry Hussein Obama is a loony nutjob.
That will be the ultimate finding of history and long will be the analysis of how half of American voters were ignorant enough to vote for him, including ALL OF THE MSM journalists.

Posted by: LogicalUS | July 6, 2010, 3:09 pm 3:09 pm

Obama sure has come a long way since he was a candidate.
Not so long ago when Team Obama never mentioned his middle name and got angry with anyone when they did.
And how about when two Muslim women were not allowed to stand behind Obama during a speech?
Now he’s letting it ALL hang out!
I say go for it Barrack Hussein Obama.
Let everyone see what you were hiding back then.

Posted by: ollie | July 6, 2010, 3:34 pm 3:34 pm

Why have you buried this story on a blog page??

Posted by: amy | July 6, 2010, 3:38 pm 3:38 pm

I feel like we are living in a Seinfeld episode featuring the bizarro world.
I’m guessing this is Obama’s way of funneling billions of taxpayer’s money to Muslim countries in the name of science.

Posted by: mick | July 6, 2010, 3:40 pm 3:40 pm

“Why have you buried this story on a blog page??”
Yeah ABC, why can’t the right wing display their bigotry on the main ABC News page!

Posted by: Ryan C | July 6, 2010, 3:43 pm 3:43 pm

When the White House does its daily filtering of what makes it on the MSM I suppose this will NOT make it.
Along with the DOJ dropping the Black Panther case, and the feds controlling photographs of the damage from the oil spill.
Where are you ABC?
We are close to tyranny here!!!
The feds are not allowing pictures and reports on the spill. Journalist are being threatened with fines or jail.
White voters were intimidated.
That is against the law.
Do you care about freedom of speech?
Do your job!

Posted by: hank | July 6, 2010, 3:49 pm 3:49 pm

Conservatism has become synonymous with fascism…I see no difference…

Posted by: indy_voter | July 6, 2010, 3:53 pm 3:53 pm

OMG All he said was we should gather the good of all nations and come together for a common goal. OOOHHHH My
What a horrible concept.

Posted by: Macrose | July 6, 2010, 3:53 pm 3:53 pm

Just add NASA to Barry’s long list of American institutions/ideals that he wants to destroy before he’s voted out in 2012.

Posted by: kyle | July 6, 2010, 3:56 pm 3:56 pm

Nothing can be a vast as the space between Obama’s ears.
Brilliant my foot.
He must lie in bed at night thinking of ways to anger more Americans.

Posted by: millie | July 6, 2010, 3:59 pm 3:59 pm

National Aeronautical Self-esteem Association!
Keep up the good work Barry /sarcasm

Posted by: J.R. | July 6, 2010, 4:04 pm 4:04 pm

Can you imagine what a muslim student sitting in a university library in Cairo reading this pompous-pat you on the head and give you a star- garbage must be thinking of the good ol’ USA? What is NASA’s mission again? How many billions are we sinking into this program?

Posted by: cindy | July 6, 2010, 4:06 pm 4:06 pm

I am certain that there are children in nations that practice the religion of Islam who also look to the stars, not only as navigation points, but as a horizon they might one day like to explore. Acknowledging the research and study that THEIR forefathers explored is hardly a perversion of NASA. It acknowledges that NASA has achieved much from some building blocks of their culture, just as it has from other cultures. It also opens another door for common ground rather than divisiveness – both in education and religion on all persuasions. You can always tell who the critics that get paid on volume rather than quality are.

Posted by: Colin | July 6, 2010, 4:10 pm 4:10 pm

So now it’s the American taxpayer’s responsibility to make the Muslim world “feel good”.
How about making Americans feel good by focusing on jobs, protecting the citizens in the border states instead of suing them, ending both wars, and cleaning up the oil in the gulf?

Posted by: greg c | July 6, 2010, 4:15 pm 4:15 pm

“he wanted me to find a way to…..help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering”..Colin, maybe you should head NASA..because, as we all found out when Bush was president, what you say and how you say it matters..(at least the press sure thought it did back then.) This was a totally condescending statement to a culture steeped in pride and easily offended..it was beyond clumsy, c’mon. Whether or not NASA’s main mission should be making others feel good is up for debate, but Bolden’s moon boot in mouth comment cannot be.

Posted by: cindy | July 6, 2010, 4:26 pm 4:26 pm

I am beginning to think Obama is a Republican plant who will turn America away from Democrats for 50 years. Is there anything this guy can not screw up? NASA is a “feel-good” outreach to Muslims? Is he serious?

Posted by: Ed | July 6, 2010, 4:29 pm 4:29 pm

Since outreach to Muslims is now NASA’s primary mission, we should be able to fund that with a few million dollars and save all those billions of dollars is now gets. This is deficit reduction at its finest!

Posted by: j011254 | July 6, 2010, 4:31 pm 4:31 pm

“I present the racism of the right wing”- is that your excuse for the cancellation of the only American alternative to the shuttle?Ryan C,if you only knew what is going on in the manned spaceflight community-if you only knew.

Posted by: Nephron | July 6, 2010, 4:34 pm 4:34 pm

I say Obama’s Muslim roots are showing, I don’t doubt that Obama meant it exactly as Bolden told it and understood it! Just like Obama gave the word to Holder to let the Black Panthers go AFTER they were CONVICTED in a court of law WITH PROOF OF VOTER INTIMIDATION !! Good for the Attorney testifying today with all the proof!!

Posted by: TXAR.55 | July 6, 2010, 4:34 pm 4:34 pm

That order from Obama, would appear to be more than just world good will.
We need to be very wary of Obama’s motives for anything he proposes. He has all the markings of a would-be dictator.

Posted by: Rick McDaniel | July 6, 2010, 4:36 pm 4:36 pm

I’m with you Greg..maybe we can come up with some all purpose “plug” good for Biden, Bolden, oil leaks..you name it.

Posted by: cindy | July 6, 2010, 4:37 pm 4:37 pm

NASA is one those agencies which should stay out of politics and focus on raw science. What a stupid statement from Bolden/Obama. Why Muslims children, why not all children in the world?
Let’s consider the great contributions the Muslim world has made to the world’s space programs:
They have incentivized the rest of the world to develop spy satellites. Don’t forget more accurate Global Positioning Satellites, so our weapons are more accurate. Pretty soon, they’ll be able to contribute for the reason why we have orbiting weapons platforms.

Posted by: Kris | July 6, 2010, 4:59 pm 4:59 pm

What’s more idiotic then giving that “mission” to NASA is the fact that our President even thinks of these things.
Yikes!
Who gives a Rat’s Behind how some religion feels about science and their contributions? What’s this obsession with Muslims? Is NoBo concerned with the feelings of Hindus, Catholics, Buddhists, Protestants, Pedestrians, Mormons and Jews? Why didn’t he include these other religions?
Barack Insane Obama
Social Activist
Yikes!

Posted by: Noz | July 6, 2010, 5:01 pm 5:01 pm

NASA is one those agencies which should stay out of politics and focus on raw science. What a stupid statement from Bolden/Obama. Why Muslims children, why not all children in the world?
Let’s consider the great contributions the Muslim world has made to the world’s space programs:
They have incentivized the rest of the world to develop spy satellites. Don’t forget more accurate Global Positioning Satellites, so our weapons are more accurate. Pretty soon, they’ll be able to contribute for the reason why we have orbiting weapons platforms.

Posted by: Kris | July 6, 2010, 5:02 pm 5:02 pm

Because the NASA Amish outreach went so well…now the Muslim outreach…what next the Scientology outreach?!?!

Posted by: Sparky | July 6, 2010, 5:04 pm 5:04 pm

It’s the government’s job to make everyone feel good. Those poor Muslims can’t do it on their own without Obama’s help.
I guess the bowing and the apology tour wasn’t enough. A couple hundred billion should do the trick.
Another example of Obama using our money like it’s Monopoly money.

Posted by: ollie | July 6, 2010, 5:11 pm 5:11 pm

And now the right wing is going to worry about this, too.
Good fighting words, you losers.

Posted by: Lettuce | July 6, 2010, 5:16 pm 5:16 pm

What an embarrassing end to America’s space program. But not a big surprise.
Obama wants to make America as unexceptional as possible, while raising himself up as high as possible.

Posted by: kyle | July 6, 2010, 5:17 pm 5:17 pm

What has any religion to do with NASA?

Posted by: Kris | July 6, 2010, 5:32 pm 5:32 pm

Macrose = Karl Marx … enjoy providing your ability for your neighbor’s need. seriously.
And FYI, no I’m not a Republican.

Posted by: AdamSmith | July 6, 2010, 5:33 pm 5:33 pm

I have difficult time to get my head around this. Can someone smarter me to explain me what has Islam got to do with NASA? I understand that we have had many scientists from different reliogions part of the space program such as Muslims but what has the religion itself got to do with the NASA and science? Those people can believe in whatever they like but why are those religions part of the space program. Why to get Islam to be connected foremost mission for NASA to make Muslims feel good. Charles Bolden, the current NASA Administrator is now claiming that his Foremost mission is to improve relations with the Muslim world. What?  No Moon Missions?  Mars?  Human Space Flight?  Robotic Explorations? medical research?

Posted by: Kris | July 6, 2010, 5:42 pm 5:42 pm

I have just come to the conclusion that Obama will be a one-term president.

Posted by: Jack | July 6, 2010, 5:43 pm 5:43 pm

NASA= National Apology and Surrender Administration. lol

Posted by: JW | July 6, 2010, 5:47 pm 5:47 pm

This has to be his only and last term. This is beyond unbelievable. Though Bush was bad but then Obamas desires to push the limits even further.
Can someone please list contributions from Muslims that have contributed to space program.

Posted by: Kris | July 6, 2010, 5:53 pm 5:53 pm

I guess he’s pushing the Space Madrasa Camp.

Posted by: Dontget818 | July 6, 2010, 6:09 pm 6:09 pm

Obama supporters….fed up yet?

Posted by: Sanjoy | July 6, 2010, 6:11 pm 6:11 pm

Obama must lay awake at night trying to figure out what he can do that is even more outrageous than his last stunt. I fist heard about this on Beck and initially thought it was a great misunderstanding. No one could suggest something that insane. Boy, was I wrong.
By the way, Greg C., I like the use of “divisiveness”. Boy, that’s an “original”. Don’t think I’ve ever heard a socialist use that one before.

Posted by: Wiara | July 6, 2010, 6:12 pm 6:12 pm

NASA has always been a tool of politics. We didn’t have a space race against the Soviets just because we thought it would be all about the science after all. In anycase, reaching out to the Muslim in such a way as to rekindle their appreciation of science and math is an obvious and, hopefully, effective way to counteract the anti-intellectual luddite tendency of fundamentalism. I’m not sure why anyone thinks this is a bad idea – demonstrating the superiority of American know how while fostering good will and turning people away from the insanity of fundamentalism. Seems like the only people that would be opposed to it are the people that want to see America fail.

Posted by: Chris R | July 6, 2010, 6:27 pm 6:27 pm

Fine. Talk up their achievements. There are many. But don’t forget the Hungarians, the French, the Germans, the Brits, the New Zealanders, the Italians, the Greeks, the Russians etc. The history of science is chocka with the accomplishments of people the world over for hundreds if not thousands of years that have brought us to this state of technology and understanding. Let them know we appreciate their work and owe them a debt of gratitude, thank you very much. Garner support that we once enjoyed for our ability to get to the moon and what not. Those brilliant and highly motivated few have allowed US Americans to share in their glory. But singling out a particular group that has in the last few centuries done a great deal to rob other people of the ability to grow and develop is a really bad idea.

Posted by: Thomas Simmons | July 6, 2010, 6:45 pm 6:45 pm

Are we really surprised?

Posted by: anne | July 6, 2010, 7:04 pm 7:04 pm

Got this book as a child: “You Will Go To The Moon”, republished today as “You Will Make Muslim Self Esteem Improve”. I thought America’s abandonment of exploration was disheartening. I am more desperate to get to the moon than ever.

Posted by: Akvusn eh | July 6, 2010, 7:18 pm 7:18 pm

Since NASA will no longer be tasked with exploring the great void of outer space, they could set themselves to exploring that other equally great void of space between oBama’s ears.

Posted by: gk | July 6, 2010, 7:44 pm 7:44 pm

Akvusn, I read that book before Apollo.Optimistic but easy to read.I think that Michael Griffin is correct with his statements about this absurdity.Obama truly reveals his ignorance about Science and Space Exploration with this fiasco;just as he revealed how ignorant of medicine he is with his moronic comments about amputations and tonsillectomies and “breathalyzers” over the last couple of years.Apparently he believed that he was smart enough to be a Physician or Engineer,while proving how mentally challenged he really is.What I don’t understand is how Bolden got sucked into this political BS,unlike Obama he is a real scientist,aviator and marine general officer-he knows better than to make these statements-although I’m sure that he will follow orders.Meanwhile Obama has destroyed the manned space program,like he has destroyed the economy.

Posted by: Nephron | July 6, 2010, 7:50 pm 7:50 pm

Nick Shapiro and Bob Jacobs both had nice explanations for something, but not for what Bolden actually said.
He indicated he was involved in a self-esteem building exercise, not a current scientific collaboration.
I’d like to know who got this wrong, and what the focus actually is.

Posted by: MayBee | July 6, 2010, 8:21 pm 8:21 pm

It’s “kerfluffle”, not “kafluffle”.
And BO is, as always, clueless.

Posted by: Marcus Aurelius | July 6, 2010, 9:08 pm 9:08 pm

It’s been nearly a decade since a group of Muslims climbed onboard 2 airplanes, causing those airplanes to slam into the Twin Towers, MURDERING thousands of innocent Americans. But we all still feel it and think about it like it was yesterday. And what is Mr. Obama’ “foremost charge”? Sharing information with the Muslim world from our NASA program, so we can ‘reach out’ to them? Gee, that’s charming.

Posted by: Shoe | July 6, 2010, 9:31 pm 9:31 pm

President Obama is willing to do anything to make friends of the Muslim world!

Posted by: tillyerkt | July 6, 2010, 9:38 pm 9:38 pm

Welcome to NASACORN.

Posted by: Regulate This | July 6, 2010, 9:42 pm 9:42 pm

What ever happened to ‘Never Forget.’ Why should we make Muslim’s feel good — they didn’t make me feel good on 9/11. Just like everything he does there is no real plan. He has no plan for NASA – so, let promote his hidden religon.
God bless America and let’s count down the days until Nov 2012….

Posted by: Fred | July 6, 2010, 9:43 pm 9:43 pm

I personally think it is within NASA’s mandate to reach out to alien cultures. Some of the Muslim cultures may as well be from another planet. This will give us good experience for when ET comes home.

Posted by: Way out there | July 6, 2010, 9:49 pm 9:49 pm

Charles Bolden isn’t white.

Posted by: Way out there | July 6, 2010, 9:56 pm 9:56 pm

Charles Bolden isn’t white.

Posted by: Way out there | July 6, 2010, 9:56 pm 9:56 pm

“…their historic contribution to science and engineering — science, math and engineering.”
They will also be remembered for their perfection of the suicide bomber as a lethal terrorist weapon..

Posted by: Sigmonde | July 6, 2010, 10:01 pm 10:01 pm

Let me see if I got this right. Wouldn’t sharing with Muslim countries be like sharing with Russians during the Cold War. Thank goodness we didn’t do that. Oh, wait a second. What’s that, Apollo Souyez. Oh yeah. Well that didn’t have any impact. Oh wait you say, that was the backbone for what is almost a bi-national space agency (NASA and Russia). Oh, you say, we were partnering on the Mir before the ISS.
Yes but Muslims are different then those communists. What, we said the communists couldn’t be trusted either.

Posted by: Not so way out there | July 6, 2010, 10:02 pm 10:02 pm

So what’s wrong with inviting the Muslims to the technology party? That’s like asking why we didn’t ask the Japanese to help with the Manhattan Project. I wonder what the Iranians or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad would do with a little better rocket technology?

Posted by: tw | July 6, 2010, 10:31 pm 10:31 pm

“It’s been nearly a decade since a group of Muslims climbed onboard 2 airplanes, causing those airplanes to slam into the Twin Towers, MURDERING thousands of innocent Americans”
Don’t worry though, the 3 stooges Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld are responsible for the deaths of alot more innocent Muslims than that while they stumbled around in Iraq. But that’s only the civilian deaths. How many Muslims have to be killed before you people feel satisfied that you’ve gotten your revenge?

Posted by: Skip | July 6, 2010, 10:39 pm 10:39 pm

“I have just come to the conclusion that Obama will be a one-term president.” – Jack
Let’s all thank our lucky stars for that Jack.
Thank You Beteguese.
One term is one too many.

Posted by: Noz | July 6, 2010, 10:54 pm 10:54 pm

“How many Muslims have to be killed before you people feel satisfied that you’ve gotten your revenge?” – Skip
Don’t know Skip, why don’t you channel Saddam and ask him.
He kept those meat chopping machines pretty busy.
A better question from you would be how many infidels need to die to satisfy the Quran.?
But Hey, I’m starting to warm up to the super marvelous NoBo idea of muslims contributing to science. Why don’t we get some of em to become more active in NASA! We’ve seen how well they can fly a Boeing 767, think of what they could do with a Space Shuttle or a Constellation rocket. Wow!

Posted by: Noz | July 6, 2010, 11:07 pm 11:07 pm

“Don’t know Skip, why don’t you channel Saddam and ask him”
It speaks volumes that mentioning the civilian deaths caused by the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq should evoke memories of Saddam Hussein.

Posted by: Skip | July 6, 2010, 11:41 pm 11:41 pm

“It speaks volumes that mentioning the civilian deaths caused by the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq should evoke memories of Saddam Hussein.” – Skip
Yeah, because the civilian death rate dropped dramatically once we got in Iraq.

Posted by: Noz | July 6, 2010, 11:49 pm 11:49 pm

“Yeah, because the civilian death rate dropped dramatically once we got in Iraq”
Considering how wildly the estimates vary for the related statistics the word “dramatically” could be debatable, but I don’t care to anyway because regardless of the grim numbers I find little consolation in proudly declaring that we killed fewer civilians than Saddam Hussein.

Posted by: Skip | July 7, 2010, 12:24 am 12:24 am

“Yeah, because the civilian death rate dropped dramatically once we got in Iraq.”
Actually it rose dramatically between the violence on the ground and the disruption to vital services like water and electricity.
That doesn’t make Saddam a saint, far from it. He was a thug that took power by violence and brutally held onto it that way.
But we missed the boat on stopping Saddam from slaughtering his own people several times.
First when Reagan decided we should be friends.
And again when Bush told the Shia to rebel and we left them hanging.

Posted by: Ryan C | July 7, 2010, 12:27 am 12:27 am

Bolden should resign……actually they both should resign. Obama has done nothing he promised during his campaign except to kill space program. That is actually one promise he kept. What happened to promises like ” once i step into office, within 30 days we will start pulling troops from Iraq”……..we increased the number of troops…..???? We spent 12B per month for Iraq since 2003 and yet we cannot afford to have mannned space flight program which was 9B. Future of the constellation was 3 weeks of war in Iraq. So we need to save and kill it……from program that has actually produced something such as thousands of spin offs like MRI machines etc. Obama has NO plan whatsoever for NASA. He has no clue what to do with it. He is changing his opinion. Right now NASA contractors are laying off most talented people and we are focusing on making Muslims feel good.

Posted by: Kris | July 7, 2010, 1:03 am 1:03 am

NASA clearly has forgotten that it relies daily on the use of Algebra in its work and that Algebra was invented by a Muslim.

Posted by: James Random | July 7, 2010, 5:30 am 5:30 am

Obama killed the shuttle program. Killed Constellation. We have to rely on the Russians now to get to the space station.
So what should NASA now do? “First and foremost” Go make the Muslims feel good. Presidential orders.
Nice. Real nice. Applause.
What the frick is going on here?

Posted by: Edward | July 7, 2010, 7:14 am 7:14 am

Nasa takes orders from the Administration. Obama hired the current director of Nasa and instructed him one of his main jobs as a director is to “improve Muslim relations.” So this administration cuts space exporation and ties time and money up alloted to space exporation to improving Muslim relations! These two concepts don’t even match! Craziness!~ The media refuses to question the politics of this? How much more as a country can we take? This is utterly ridiculous!

Posted by: Susan | July 7, 2010, 9:46 am 9:46 am

So the US is going to partner with Muslim countries to explore space? Right, because they have such great astrophysicists in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Posted by: mbs | July 7, 2010, 10:01 am 10:01 am

I feel that is our problem. We need to fund NASA more. I think it is ridiculous that our funding is being cut. We do not need to collaborate with animals that rather blow us to pieces rather than expand the science and engineering fields. There are more Jews that contributed to science than Muslims. We should be working with JEWS not ISLAMIC fanatics. Israel has helped with increase in science innovations than Muslims.

Posted by: Roseofell | July 7, 2010, 10:15 am 10:15 am

Great idea….Give our enemies a path way to space….Geeezzz you can’t make this stuff up…

Posted by: Parallex View | July 7, 2010, 10:22 am 10:22 am

This is the “hope and change” in action. The “change” is for other muslim countries to benefit from NASA The “hope” is that muslim countries will love the USA more. Pres Barry is meeting his presidential campaign election slogan just fine, what is wrong with that?

Posted by: bl | July 7, 2010, 10:36 am 10:36 am

“I find little consolation in proudly declaring that we killed fewer civilians than Saddam Hussein.” – Skippy
Try and find some pride sir.
You are way too negative.
Listen, War is bad and a lot of people die, innocent civilians included.
We’ve had a few here on US soil but the price those people paid by dying got us to where we are today. We honor our fallen and are grateful for their sacrifice.
Do you think the Iraqis are any different?
Decades from now they will honor those who sacrificed to give them freedom, the living and the dead. They will hang pictures of their loved ones and heroes on the walls of their homes grateful for the life they have. A life of freedoms, where children will get taught the truth in schools including little girls. Don’t be surprised that there might be a picture of an American on those same walls, George W. Bush.
So Skip, yes civilians died but we didn’t slaughter them and perhaps you should find some consolation in their sacrifice. It would be the respectful thing to do.

Posted by: Noz | July 7, 2010, 10:37 am 10:37 am

Oh noes! Pull out the republican fainting couch!
Heaven forbid we should work with Muslims!

Posted by: Flash Override | July 7, 2010, 11:31 am 11:31 am

“Heaven forbid we should work with Muslims!” – Flash Override
What are you talking about Flash?
We have worked with Muslims for decades.
Heck a whole bunch of them worked in the World Trade Center.

Posted by: Noz | July 7, 2010, 11:56 am 11:56 am

Good idea “Suicide Bombers in Space” what a great B movie title. Where is Ed Wood when you need him?

Posted by: MarkD | July 7, 2010, 1:15 pm 1:15 pm

Why was this made a negative article on “conservative” reactions? The mainstream media barely made a chirp about it. It’s outraging ANYBODY, not just conservatives! Anyone who loves this country, is keeping an eye out on the science and technology that’s currently happening in Iran, and who remembers 9/11 is outraged. I’m an independent, and am wondering what scheme BO will come up with next.

Posted by: Irene | July 7, 2010, 3:53 pm 3:53 pm

Yes, Muslims made historical contributions to math, science and engineering. That was many hundreds of years ago. Exactly what is they bring to the table today?

Posted by: SukieTawdry | July 7, 2010, 4:28 pm 4:28 pm

Obama did not kill the shuttle program. George Bush announced its demise back in January of 2004. A Muslim did not invent algebra. It was invented by the Greeks, even though it was passed down to us under an Arabic name.

Posted by: David Conrad | July 7, 2010, 4:44 pm 4:44 pm

“Why was this made a negative article on “conservative” reactions”
Because its the right wing bigots who hate Muslims who are reacting negatively

Posted by: Ryan C | July 7, 2010, 7:04 pm 7:04 pm

While thousands of high tech jobs will be lost all over this country (jobs that actually returned about $8 for every $1 spent for the program–a good ivestment rather than more unemployment that gives no returns unless you listen to Nancy Pelosi), Bolden is telling Al Jazeera how he hopes to make the Muslims feel good as an edict from the President. Like another poster said above, you can’t make this stuff up!

Posted by: sonya7075 | July 8, 2010, 9:12 am 9:12 am

Is not the new mission of NASA an open sign of arrogance?
Why does the Administration have the right to tell the Muslims,
they need to be proud of themselves?
Are they not already proud?
Of course, if you are Muslim it makes since.
What happened to NASA exploring space and the oceans?
The questions could go on and on.

Posted by: Tom Jones | July 10, 2010, 10:37 am 10:37 am

Let NASA do what it created to do. Explore and educate about space. If lunar and martian travel are too expensive, there is still much to learn from orbital travel and exploration. We also employ a lot of people when we bolster NASA. Keep the Muslims out of this equation. Perhaps we should follow the example of Greg Mortensen (“Three Cups of Tea”). We need to encourage the exchange of the best and brightest young minds, building schools and learning about the western and muslim cultures. Our fighting forces are fighting a losing battle in Afghanistan. They have acquitted themselves well. No criticism there.But, there is no weapon strong enough to blunt ignorance and intolerance. An exchange of attitudes on a people to people level is what Messrs. Bolden and Obama should be working on. Let NASA do what it was created to do. Our exploits in the areas mentioned by Kris (July 6, 2010) reflect so well our greatness and exceptionalism. No apologies, please.

Posted by: biff | January 31, 2011, 11:33 pm 11:33 pm

If a sizeable portion of the American people believe that Mr. Obama is a Muslim, this stunt about NASA Outreach to the Muslim world will certainly do nothing to disabuse them of that notion. How will we implement this outreach? I repeat that Muslim self-esteem will improve only when education works to eliminate hatred, ignorance and intolerance of outsiders. The same can be said for Americans. Let NASA do what it is supposed to do; explore and educate about space. If there are Muslims who want to participate, they should be part of the same rigorous educational process as any others with similar aspirations.

Posted by: biff | February 1, 2011, 11:06 am 11:06 am

Obama could care less about America’s hard earned leadership in manned space exploration and her status as a space fairing nation. Everything this man does is contrary to American greatness, and I truly believe he holds nothing but disdain for the people and the nation that installed him into their White House.

Posted by: Fluidizer | April 18, 2011, 5:29 am 5:29 am

It’s sad that NASA can no longer reach out to all countries, irregardless of their relgion.

Posted by: Ed Gold | May 5, 2011, 4:09 pm 4:09 pm

Obama 2012!!!

Posted by: Mattew B. | August 25, 2012, 4:41 pm 4:41 pm

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