ASA has a new frontier: The Muslim world. In an recent interview with al-Jazeera, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said President Barack Obama has asked the space agency to "reach out" to "dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science." While Bolden denied that the agency was on a "diplomatic" mission, he said the plan is part of an effort to increase international engagement in science, engineering, and space travel. Rather than try "to make people 'feel good'" about the "dismal state of science, math, and engineering in Muslim nations," says Elliott Abrams in the National Review, perhaps a "more serious task might be to make them feel terrible" about their reprehensible "level of education." How predictable, says Julie Millican in Media Matters. An Obama official makes "completely noncontroversial comments" and "the right-wing media" freaks out. Of course, "none of these conservatives can come up with a single reason why working with Muslim countries ... is a bad thing." Watch Bolden's statement below:
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