Thursday, July 8, 2010

Former NASA Head Dismisses Obama's Muslim Outreach Policy As 'Deeply Flawed'

Amen for sanity!! Reach out to South American youth ~ they'll probably show more appreciation!! Pompous posturing towards Muslim nations ~ half way around the whole!! We could be looking at dancing around a whole lot of religious restrictions ~ to have a space program. In the west young women into space, are more interested in wearing a spacesuit than worrying about the appropriate Islamic headscarf/burqa and dress to wear. And once in space, everyone must live in confined quarters, both men and women.

The space agency shouldn't be used for frivolous purposes!! Perhaps Muslims as a group aren't ready!! Perhaps instead of rehashing old achievements of 1000 years ago, after conquering great nations, and claiming their science as their own, they should be told its time to move on ~ that's over! In either case this is not the job for the space agency!!

The former NASA head dismissed US President Obama’s outreach to Muslim nations as “deeply flawed”. "NASA ... represents the best of America. Its purpose is not to inspire Muslims or any other cultural entity," Michael Griffin, who served as NASA administrator during the latter half of the Bush administration, told The comments come days after present NASA director Administrator Charles Bolden made that assertion.

Bolden opened a new lead of controversy after telling Al Jazeera in an interview that President Obama asked him before he assumed the office that he wanted him to do three things: inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships 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."

In the meantime, officials from the White House and NASA have rallied behind Bolden’s statement, saying his aim is to enhance relations with Muslims nations. Griffin said Tuesday that collaboration with other countries, including Muslim nations, is commendable job and should be backed but it should never be NASA’s "fundamental mission" of space exploration. "If by doing great things, people are inspired, well then that's wonderful," Griffin said. "If you get it in the wrong order ... it becomes an empty shell." Griffin added: "That is exactly what is in danger of happening."

The former NASA head added that US need not to worry about co-operation with Muslim nations. "There is no technology they have that we need," Griffin added. He also points out that Obama should be criticised not Bolden, as the president is leading so called outreach to Muslims.

Former NASA Head Dismisses Obama' Muslim Outreach Policy As 'Deeply Flawed'

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