Obama to NASA: Hug Muslims

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 5:36pm

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

"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," Bolden said in the interview.

The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the American University in Cairo -- in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.

"It is a matter of trying to reach out and get the best of all worlds, if you will, and there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim (nations)," he said. He held up the International Space Station as a model, praising the contributions there from the Russians and the Chinese.

However, Bolden denied the suggestion that he was on a diplomatic mission -- in a distinctly non-diplomatic role.

"Not at all. It's not a diplomatic anything," he said.

He said the United States is not going to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on its own and that no country is going to make it to Mars without international help.

Bolden has faced criticism this year for overseeing the cancellation of the agency's Constellation program, which was building new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the moon. Stressing the importance of international cooperation in future missions, Bolden told Al Jazeera that the moon, Mars and asteroids are still planned destinations for NASA.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/05/nasa-chief-frontier-better-relations-muslims/

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Registered: 05-26-2009
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 10:23pm

Hmm...Where'd the "Hug Muslims" come from? I didn't read that part anywhere beyond your title. Do you

Chrissy


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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 2:14am

>>> Hmm...Where'd the "Hug Muslims" come from?

Obama's "Muslim outreach" is typical liberal "everyone-gets-a-trophy-give-em-a-hug" type nonsense.

>>> I didn't read that part anywhere beyond your title.

It was implied.

>>> Do you believe that there's something wrong with international cooperation for future space ventures?

I think we'll need to wait a few centuries for those "Muslim countries" to develop more sophisticated technology than camel-power and road-side bombs before we get much "cooperation on future space ventures."

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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 3:18pm

It was implied.

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Registered: 05-26-2009
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 11:17am

Does this "Muslim outreach" imply hugging?


Imagine how much good we could accomplish, how the cause of peace would be served, if more individuals and families from our respective cultures could come to know each other in a personal way. For example, if

Chrissy


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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 6:37pm

>>> Does this "Muslim outreach" imply hugging?

Obama has certainly done his share of bowing and scraping to Muslims, so can hugging be far behind?

>>> Imagine how much good we could accomplish, how the cause of peace would be served, if more individuals and families from our respective cultures could come to know each other in a personal way.

Do you imagine that Muslims are all sequestered in some far-off land?

>>> For example, if Muslim youth attend American schools and universities,

Yeah...just imagine it...OH...WAIT...it actually happens...EVERY DAY!

>>> they are able to learn firsthand what spirit of freedom rules our land and that we do not wish the Muslim people any harm.

Yeah...just imagine it...OH...WAIT...it actually happens...EVERY DAY!

>>> If American youth could do likewise, they could talk about their interests and values and hopes for the future with their Muslim friends. They would get firsthand knowledge of life in a Muslim country, but most important, they would learn that we're all God's children with much in common.

Yeah...just imagine it...OH...WAIT...it actually happens...EVERY DAY!

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>>> You are aware that Islam is a multicultural religion, correct?

Yeah...are you? ; ) But to the point...which Muslim country has a space program that could "partner" with the US on "future space ventures"?

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Registered: 05-26-2009
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 7:25pm

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No, certainly not. Do you? It seems as though you may based on your comments regarding "camel power" and roadside bombs. Are you claiming that there are not Muslim scientists and engineers in the world? That there are not modern and developed predominately Muslim nations?


The "Imagine how much good we could accomplish..." paragraph were not my words or those of the Obama administration. They were Ronald Reagan's words, his 'Soviet outreach' (obviously "Muslim" was used in place of "Soviets").


Chrissy


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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 9:23pm

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>>> No, certainly not. Do you? It seems as though you may based on your comments regarding "camel power" and roadside bombs. Are you claiming that there are not Muslim scientists and engineers in the world? That there are not modern and developed predominately Muslim nations?

There must be a few Muslim scientists working in Muslim nations because someone's building Iran a nuclear bomb...but going into space? Sorry, but the only rockets flying out of Muslim nations are headed for Israel.

>>> The "Imagine how much good we could accomplish..." paragraph were not my words or those of the Obama administration. They were Ronald Reagan's words, his 'Soviet outreach' (obviously "Muslim" was used in place of "Soviets").

Right...the Soviets who actually HAD a space program. It wasn't a liberal "feel-good-every-one-gets-a-trophy" plan.

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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 9:50pm

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But it was also a method for trying to

Chrissy


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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 10:24pm

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>>> But it was also a method for trying to encourage peace. That's the point here.

Right...to take two COMPETITORS and turn them into partners.

>>> If we can cooperate with the Muslim world in many different areas, then that cooperation could help lead to a more peaceful existence.

The "Muslim world" would have to have a space program first, in order for them to "cooperate" with us on "future space missions."

>>> My basic feeling on the matter is, what does it hurt? I don't see what the big deal is.

The "big deal" is that making Muslims "feel good" about themselves isn't the job, let alone "primary mission," of NASA. Besides, "Muslims" like us just fine, in general...and those that don't aren't going to change their minds because the head of NASA gives them a hug.

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Registered: 05-26-2009
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 11:11pm

Here's what I think...Did Bolden use a poor choice of words ("make them feel good" - WTH)? Yes. Has NASA's mission become one of diplomacy rather than spaceflight? No. The fact of the matter is, our current plans for space travel will likely include other nations just as the International Space Station did. There are certainly Muslim-majority countries with space programs that could have something to offer (and of course something to gain) by collaborating with NASA. And that collaboration may help us in other areas as well.


Chrissy


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