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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Krauthammer Slams Bolden's NASA Muslim Outreach Program

Most of us know about NASA administrator Charles Bolden's claim (video available at link) that NASA's new mission is to make Muslim nations feel good about their contributions to math and science.

During an interview on Al Jezeera English Bolden said this (as reported by Byron York at The Washington Examiner):

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator - [Obama] charged me with three things," Bolden said. "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."

Well there's been a lot of responses to this, but my favorite rebuttal is from Charles Krauthammer (h/t Gateway Pundit) who said this:

"This is a new of fatuousness. NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there. This idea of ‘feel good about your past’ scientific achievements is the worst combination 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."

Krauthammer hit the nail right on the head this time. The condescension implicit in Bolden's statement is astonishing. It really is. The phrase "adolescent diplomacy" (though a bit too polite in my opinion) is really a perfect term for the ridiculous political stance that the Obama administration has taken.

Lessons learned from Psych 101 "feel good" self-esteem classes should not be the basis for international diplomacy. Obama seems to be subjecting Muslim countries to the same programs designed to make underachieving students feel better...

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