I was going to do some RV type posts today, but then this story came up on Fox News that just blows my mind. It is said, ”Reality is stranger than fiction,” and stories like this prove that cliche’ so true.
It seems that NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden thinks not only we should forgo true exploration and the Moon and instead get “religion”, and not just any old religion, but a full partnership with the Muslim world. Give me a break!
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he (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 … and math and engineering,”
(If you notice he said he was asked to do this before he became NASA administrator. So now we know that was part of the interview process for getting the job. Now we know why there were a ton of names mentioned before anyone got the job! None of them wanted the job under those terms!!!! – sb023 comment on NasaWatch.com)
(Why worry about getting moon or Mars? After 2 more shuttle flights we will not be able to go anywhere, for maybe dozens of years. Has anyone noticed that none of the 3 things Bolden has been charged to do involves actually launching things or flying in space? Is it too much to ask that NASA be charged with space exploration. Why is making Muslim nations feel good about themselves, NASA’s mission? Shouldn’t that be up to the Muslim nation. Obama is US president and NASA is US agency, shouldn’t they do something to make thier own citizens feel good? – Mungo comment on NasaWatch.com)
It is true that Middle Eastern Nations contributed in the distant past significantly, especially to astronomy and mathematics, prior to the establishment of the Muslim religion, but they have done nothing to improve science or math since then.
I am beginning to seriously wonder if this man was ever fit to command a Space Shuttle in the past, let alone administer America’s Human Space Flight Program. I have never in my life seen a man sell his soul and integrity so completely as Charlie Bolden has done to Obama. Good Lord! In the Muslim world, he would be known as a dhimmi and rightly so.
Charlie Bolden also said in the interview, “…the United States is not going to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on its own…” I guess Mr. Bolden forgot that we did travel beyond Earth orbit 9 times between 1968 and 1972 (Apollo 8, 10, and 13 orbited the Moon while 6 Apollo missions actually landed on the Moon.) to the Moon on our own and still remain the only nation to do so. Does he want the Muslim nations to provide magic carpets so we can fly beyond Earth orbit? I think he and Obama have watched Disney’s Aladdin once too often.
I keep pinching myself hoping to wake up from this insanity that has infected NASA and our nation.
“President Obama likes to say ‘if we could put a man on the moon’ we can do anything, from socializing medicine to abandoning fossil fuels. That’s nonsense on stilts for a host of reasons. But it’s also ironic, given that we can’t even put a man on the moon anymore. Not when NASA’s foremost priority is boosting the self-esteem of children and Muslims.” –columnist Jonah Goldberg
“Lets take the word “Muslim” out of the equation. If he said that his foremost priority was to do outreach to Canada what would we do? I would say my reaction is the same. That is not NASAs mission. There are 3 possibilities here: 1)Charlie really believes this is NASA’s main priority, 2)He does not but is being a loyal soldier, or 3)He is incompetent and was not authorized by the Whitehouse to say what he did.
In 2 of the 3 cases above, he should be fired or resign. If he does not believe what he said, then resign and tell the world why. If he is incompetent he should resign as he would no longer have the backing of Obama. Since he will not resign, I assume he truly believes this BS. In that case, NASA is lost. As I stated on a previous thread, his butt should be in DC working the new plan. Everything else, is a waste of time/money.
In a year from now, when we still have no clear direction in HSF, remember why. Elections have consequences and what we see in this administration from healthcare to the oil spill reaction is amateur hour. It would be funny were not so serious.
Keith’s note: excellent point. This issue has nothing to do with Muslims. He could have easily said French-speaking or German-speaking nations; countries with lots of Tibetan buddhists (Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and India) or some other non-American group of people. While it is great for NASA to be thinking of things in a global context at the end of the day it is an American space agency first and foremost.”
One final word from me before I close out this post:
From a email I wrote to a friend about this whole mess of Obama’s and Boldens.
What is the old army saying? Promote a competent person until they reach their level of incompetency? I think that is what has happened to Charlie Bolden. He can command a shuttle mission, but make him administrator and a buffoon as his boss (Obama) and he’s way out of his league.
As for the news article, and the plans that are being floated out there, they all sound good but when it’s coming from a known liar like Obama and Bill Nelson I just have to take it all with a large grain of salt. I want to believe and I want to have hope but if you watch Obama’s actions instead of listening to his words, you find he’s not honest.
Constellation may not be the best option but I do truly believe it’s the only one. It has $9 billion and 6 years worth of work done already. That’s quite a foundation compared to all those other “plans” out there, real or not. It sure is a mess isn’t it?