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If you watch Al Jazeera, you know Obama's new mission for NASA: To help Muslim nations 'feel good'

Noted hard-luck critter Wile E Coyote

You know how Wile E. Coyote straps himself to the rocket and lights the fuse? And it burns. And burns. Silence. Nothing. He's poised, hopefully, awaiting launch. We wait, painfully, for the bad thing certain to happen.

That's what we've been doing for almost a week now, anticipating the explosive public reaction to word from NASA chief Charles Bolden that President Obama has tasked his once-fabled space agency with a brand-new earthbound mission that has absolutely nothing to do with space.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Bolden's stunning announcement about the taxpayer-funded space agency's new task did not come at home. It came overseas during a televised interview with Al Jazeera, the Middle Eastern TV network.

In the interview (full video below), Bolden reveals that even before the Democratic ...

... president offered him the job as top space official, Obama ordered that his "foremost" assignment was "to reach out to the Muslim world ... to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

Say what?

There's been much skepticism, criticism and suspicion about Obama's "new" space program announced in April, that it was really a beautifully wrapped downsizing and abandonment of the nation's pioneering manned space exploration.

Giving up any more Moon missions. Or unilateral space trips. Relying soon on Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the space station --  and maybe even the Acme Supply Co. for parts. All in order to have even more money to spend on the Democrat's expensive earthly social priorities.

Here's that longer Bolden quote about Obama to Al Jazeera:

When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he 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 ... and math and engineering.

Without the vigilant Byron York, Bolden's bold statement might have gone unnoticed at home, which perhaps was the goal.

Actually, even with the vigilant York's report and his amazing follow-up, the story has largely gone unnoted offline, drawing virtually no coverage from major newspapers and broadcast news operations. They were more focused over the holiday weekend on the latest gaffe by GOP party chairman Michael Steele, who's been filling the political clown role while VP Joe Biden was in Iraq celebrating Obama's war success.

Bolden was in the Middle East as part of a conga line of Obama folks celebrating the first anniversary of the president's Cairo speech to the Muslim world. In Bolden's own remarks in Egypt, recounted by York, the NASA chief noted it has been four decades since the first moon landing. Bolden candidly admitted that under Obama:

--"NASA is not only a space exploration agency, but also an Earth improvement agency."

--"We're not going to go anywhere beyond low Earth orbit as a single entity. The United States can't do it."

The fuse is lit. Here's the video.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Well the chief executive officer of NASA may say his foremost mission is to reach out to Muslim nations, but wikipedia does not reflect this. In fact, edits to its mission have been deleted, with the excuse that Bolden's comments have been misinterpreted.

I don't think there is much misrepresentation here.

To 'Bolden' go where no man has gone before.......trying to enforce Obama's crazy NASA self-esteem mission for Muslims to make them 'feel good.' It's a crazy world after's a...

To 'Bolden' go where no man has gone before.......trying to enforce Obama's crazy NASA self-esteem mission for Muslims to make them 'feel good.' It's a crazy world after's a...

I am appalled, embarrassed and disappointed - AGAIN - at the "directives" being commanded by Obama. How much more proof do the libs need to see that Obama is anti-American? He has no patriotism or allegiance to this country whatsoever. It would appear his goal is to dismantle the United States, or at the very least, make us into another Muslim country.

We've already gone beyond low Earth orbit as a single entity. It was called Apollo. So it's not true that we "can't" do it alone. Bolden should be a straight-up kind of guy and admit that he and the President have made a choice, i.e., to make the U.S. dependent on others in space.

Ronald Reagan stated that NASA should be used as a diplomatic tool to improve relations with the Soviet Union. This is the same idea. You are twisting a positive sentiment into something partisan in order to criticize the President, and you're employing prejudice against Muslims in order to do it. Shame on you.

Houston, we have a problem!

I would be outraged, by Osama Obama's latest outrage. But, I expect stupid agendas from that floppy eared retard.

My father is a die hard democrat. He voted for Osama Obama. My father is so far to the left, that he thinks centrists are right wing nut jobs.

One day my father was commenting on one or another of the retarded things that Obama had recently done. He said, I'm really disappointed in Obama. I told my father. Daddy, I'm not the slightest bit surprised or disappointed by anything that floppy eared retard does. I expected nothing but stupidity from him, from the moment he started his campaign. That is why I voted for McCain who is a liberal in Republican clothing.



When will some realize Obama loves muslims, terrorist and all. He is a muslim not an American citizen. Obama is a plant, trained how to speak and stay calm, lie lie lie, marry the right woman, then infiltrate this country and turn it over to radicals and other dictators. He is a sneaky fraud who shows no respect for the office of president, nor for most Americans. Where did he go to school? INDONIESIA. (No patriotism for America there).

And no one has figured it out yet? There are none so blind as those who will not see. Once and for all. He is a muslim and he hates this country, it's beliefs, and wants to change everything about it. That's why he is pushing everything through as fast as he can. He knows he will not be elected again and for that matter he doesn't care.

Is this guy for real ???????? We the people of the United States need to STOP feeling bad about ourselves and stop being apologetic , for having been better and faster at doing a lot of wonderful stuff.

not only CAN WE do the moon again by ourselves , BUT WE ALREADY dit it. wake up. if you need the money to do it, then stop being the FREE police agency for the world and STOP having these USELESS wars that do not benefit the USA, and boy just watch the money chest fill up again.

we do not need to make people that live 3000 years back in time as they do today and belive. they need to catch up and stop putting down half their population, who knows how many brilliant young women minds they have stifled with a veil and stonings. they are in the dark ages and need to be told this OUTRIGHT AND BLATANTLY they are no better than neanderthals and need to go the same way.

True Americans have been bamboozled by obama. Obama's father was a Kenyan muslim. This anti-American hater changed his name from barry back to barack hussein obama so anti-American radicals and foreign enemies here and around the world would know who he aligns himself with, them. He is a undercover real muslim.

Welcome to NASACORN.

So what? I've been mad at President Obama for not giving us a really affordable healthcare plan, but this? This is nothing but a waste of breath.

Another "Amateur Hour" hosted by President O'Buffoon.

Well, that's what we get for electing a Marxist & Racist "community organizer" nobody who had absolutely no executive experience...none, nada, zip, zero!

And the ONLY reason he was elected POTUS was because of his skin color!

There is not one WHITE person in America who would have been even NOMINATED much less ELECTED POTUS who had as little executive experience as this clown has.

Anyone who voted for this clown is really embarrassed by now.
And if they aren't, THEY SHOULD BE!

Well, "if" we manage to survive another 30 months of this clown, we're gonna have one hell of a mess to clean up!

Like Margaret Thatcher once said, Socialism only works until you run out of other peoples' money...and as Greece, Spain & America have learned, the "Gas Gauge" is sitting on "Empty"!

"Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P.J.O'Rourke

How is this going to help at all? The average Moslem must think to themselves "We were once a great civilization, now we live in poverty, ignorance, disease, filth and hatred. What happened?" How do they deal with this?

You guys are pathetic. The author of this report is pathetic and clearly blinded by his hatred for this president. Somewhere Walter Cronkite is spinning in his grave. WHERE HAVE REAL JOURNALISTS GONE?
What if your beloved Ronald Regan had said the same thing??? Well guess what He Did! Watch The Jon Stewart Show, a real journalist.

Wow so many hateful folks on this blog! Lol. So all it took was the election of a smart black man(mixed really) to have all the racists come out. Clearly the man has STABILIZED the nation from the mess caused by your failed conservative policies under Bush/Cheney/roves. Hate and insult all you like, this president is Amazing! By the way for all your empty rhetoric about less government, how funny to see you all go against SPACEX, BIGELLOW AEROSPACE, BOIENG who are all private companies poised to win big thanks to president Obama's NASA policies!
Loving it. Get ready for 5 more years!

M Pipick - while that is true. Reagan stated that NASA should be used as a diplomatic tool to improve relations with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union actually had a space program (And still does).

Which Muslim country has a space program? Which Muslim country are we going to do a join space mission with?

That's the point. We did improve relations with Russia/Soviet Union because each of use can/could contribute in Low Earth Orbit. Russia has their own launch system (Which we will be using). Europe has made modules for the ISS and now launches it's own equipment. What Muslim country is doing that?

Notice that no-where is NASA's mission to explore space anymore. As someone who works at NASA, at least for a while longer, it is disappointing and disheartening.

M Pipick - and if you want to really get into NASA should be inspiring our school children, our nation, not making other nations feel good about their past science and math. Let the State Department do their job, let NASA explore.

It is a shame we as Americans can not take the color out of this issue and see it for what it is. It is not black or white it is our country.

Stardust, who is the smart black man that was elected? All I see is an incompetent fool and pretender to the Presidency who is attempting to dismantle US technical and economic prowess as fast as possible, while destroying the Constitution.

"Somewhere Walter Cronkite is spinning in his grave?"

Cronkite was a bald-faced liar.

He spent years broadcasting nightly that we were losing the war in Viet Nam.

Nothing was further from the truth.

We didn't lose one major battle including the Tet Offensive where American forces kicked NVA & VC butt!

As you can see, 'Stardust' is the typical liberal. Cry racism when you have no facts to argue. Obama has been an epic disaster and LMAO at this 'stabalizing' nonsense. He has spent more than Bush did his entire first term and tax hikes out the rear are coming in January. Anyone following Obama at this point is a sheep, period.

Well, Who voted for Obama? This country lacks common sense. He couldnt even produce a valid Birth Certificate. We cant even get a job without producing proper ID's. Only America would vote a muslim in with no experience and known work ethic after the worst terrorist attack and that is who he is. Who would vote a known racist radical who frequented a racist church for how many yrs? This is the scary part! You voted for him, now you have him. Vote him out.

J. J. O'Conner and E. F. Robertson wrote in the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive:

"Recent research paints a new picture of the debt that we owe to Islamic mathematics. Certainly many of the ideas which were previously thought to have been brilliant new conceptions due to European mathematicians of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries are now known to have been developed by Arabic/Islamic mathematicians around four centuries earlier. In many respects, the mathematics studied today is far closer in style to that of Islamic mathematics than to that of Greek mathematics."

From NASA website posted 2007:

At NASA, Math Counts
What would the world be like if there were no math?

Well, for one thing, NASA probably would not exist, for without math all you can do is talk about a problem.

NASA's success depends on scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable about mathematics.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
- Thomas Jefferson -

Anybody that would build a city 5 ft.below sea level in a hurricane zone and fill it with Democrats is a damn genius.
- Larry the Cable Guy -

3 words.
The plan for Obama is to deconstruct our leadership in Space science. To hold our past victories in Space as a badge of SHAME. To kill the memories of our American heroes, and to open the door to multiculturalist mumbo jumbo.

Muslim Newspaper AD: FOR SALE - NASA Rocket designed for MARS exploration, 0 miles, comes with technical staff, launch pad, fuel, Peacehead aka Warhead and radar tracking system, Price: 1 Billion Euro's or Memo of Love and Affection from Muslim Leader to Obama Note: Must be used for peaceful purposes or severe UN Sanctions could result (Just ask North Korea)

M Pipick...the Soviets were traveling to space...where are the Muslims traveling too? The Soviets and the US, working together, not carrying the entire load!

We've been to the fricking MOON how many times? At LEAST 3 times. Bolden say's that we 'can't do it'? What a typical appointed liberal jerk!
You can't make this stuff up-but liberals says we 'have it all wrong', he didn't MEAN that (and Ronald Reagan said it first anyway?)
What has this nation come to?


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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