“Bolden: I am here in the region – its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cairo – and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obama’s “Cairo Initiative” where he announced that he wanted this to become a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. When I became the NASA Administrator – before I became the NASA Administrator - he charged me with three things: One was that he wanted me to re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, that 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 predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”
Well, yeah, I can understand that the Muslim world could feel rather left out and demoralized, since, for the most part, they haven’t been part of inventing, nor contributed much in science, the arts, engineering, etc, or anything else, since the 17th Century. Probably since the religion of blowing things up has become moribund in the the past, and their leaders stifle modernism. Yes, many Muslim countries are using the tools of modern society, ones such as Dubai. Good for them. But, the religious leaders keep the people dumb.
And, as Paul at Powerline points out, exploring space didn’t even make the top three missions NASA (for those of a liberal bent, that stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is being tasked with. We have entered the age of touchy feely. Goodbye exploration and advancement.