February 22, 2010
Many strange things happen in Washington and some are just bizarre.
President Obama has cut back on manned space exploration, but according to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, the president has asked the space agency to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries" in a push to make NASA a tool of international diplomacy.
Bolden told a group of young engineering students that NASA wants to connect with countries that do not have an established space program and help them conduct science missions. He mentioned new opportunities with Indonesia, including an educational program that examines the fraud called global climate change.
America once led the world in space exploration thanks to John Kennedy's vision and the public's commitment. China and Russia are rushing to catch up with us. An international science welfare program will help them, not us. Does anyone think putting Muslims in space will help us in the war against radical Islam here on earth? What are these people thinking?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.