Muslim Self-Esteem… or the Stars

0moon-mosque-cajie_236081432On July 20, 1969, an audience of 500 million people watched a man set foot on the surface of the moon and plant an American flag in the gray powder of the Sea of Tranquility.

In July 2010, NASA chief Charles Bolden, an Obama appointee, told Al Jazeera that his boss had given him three priorities… none of them involving space exploration. The foremost priority for the agency once tasked with sending a man to the moon was “to reach out to the Muslim world… to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”

A small step for one man had become a great step for Muslimkind.

This week marked the 44th anniversary of the moon landing. Three months earlier, an irritated Bolden had responded to critics of a directionless NASA by saying, “NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission. NASA is not going to the Moon.”

It was a neat reversal of Kennedy’s original speech in which he said, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

In 2008, Obama’s position paper said that he “endorses the goal of sending human missions to the Moon by 2020.” He lied. In 2010, he announced that returning to the moon was not a worthwhile goal because it “lacked innovation”.

These days we choose harder tasks than going to the moon. It was neat seeing Neil Armstrong take a stroll in the Sea of Tranquility, but that’s child’s play compared to the truly difficult task of making Muslims feel good about their historic contribution of pilfering Algebra from the Hindus.

The Space Shuttle, that final relic of space exploration, was scrapped and the remaining shuttles were passed out as pork to politically connected museums. The replacement Constellation program was also scrapped.

As far back as 2007, Obama had called for delaying the Constellation program, which would have replaced the space shuttles, for five years in order to pay for his education program. He was the only major candidate to do so.

Once he got into office, the delay became a full-fledged cancellation.

In 2008, Obama hypocritically blasted the Bush Administration for allowing “a five-year gap after the retirement of the Space Shuttle” during which time “the United States will have to depend on foreign rockets and spacecraft to send Americans to orbit”.

Obama claimed that he wanted to retain a working space shuttle. In office however he scrapped the shuttles leaving the United States wholly dependent on Russian Soyuz rockets. Around the time that Bolden was telling America that we would not go to the moon, his skeleton of a space agency, now concerned with Muslim outreach and Global Warming, was paying the Russian space agency $424 million for six Soyuz seats.

“By buying the services of space transportation, rather than the vehicles themselves, we can continue to ensure rigorous safety standards are met,” Obama said at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Quoting him, Neil Armstrong wrote, “It was asserted that by buying taxi service to Low Earth Orbit rather than owning the taxis, “we can continue to ensure rigorous safety standards are met”. The logic of that statement is mystifying.”

It’s even more mystifying considering that the taxis are now unreliable Russian space junk that suffer from reentry “glitches” with American astronauts on board.

It’s not that the money for the space program isn’t there. It’s just going to different places.

During Obama’s first year in office, economic aid to Pakistan nearly tripled to $1.3 billion. While Obama could find no room in his budget request for the Constellation space program, a year after the Bin Laden raid, which caught Pakistan harboring America’s greatest enemy, the 2012 budget requested $3 billion in aid for Pakistan.

Bush cut economic aid to Egypt. Obama increased it. Foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority shot up from $414 million to $980 million in 2009. Due to the various funding mechanisms, including through a dedicated UN agency, that amount is not even close to the full sum.

The US stake in the IMF tripled to $165 billion. US contributions to the UN passed $6 billion; a 50 percent increase.

By 2011, total foreign aid spending had increased by 80% from $11.4 billion to $20 billion. In 2010, Neil Armstrong had sent in written testimony to a Congressional hearing stating that budget reductions for the Constellation program totaled $20 billion.

“With regard to President Obama’s 2010 plan, I have yet to find a person in NASA, the Defense Department, the Air Force, the National Academies, industry, or academia that had any knowledge of the plan prior to its announcement,” Neil Armstrong wrote.

“How could such a chain of events happen?” the first man to walk on the moon asked. “A plan that was invisible to so many was likely contrived by a very small group in secret who persuaded the President that this was a unique opportunity to put his stamp on a new and innovative program. I believe the President was poorly advised.”

Armstrong was being kind in assuming that Obama did not know that he was trashing NASA. His 2007 Constellation proposal showed that this had been his plan all along.

A year after Constellation was finally cancelled, Obama, in partnership with two Muslim governments, proposed a $6 billion Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future that would fund local Green Energy programs.

It would have cost $5 billion to keep the Space Shuttle flying. The money that Obama threw away on Green Energy for Muslim tyrannies would have covered the cost of keeping a manned space program.

It would have cost $11 billion to keep the Space Shuttle flying until 2015. And that extension would have kept the talent and resources of America’s space program together. Instead it went elsewhere, to Pakistan, to Egypt, to the United Nations and to green energy programs for the Sultan of Brunei.

“The U.S. for the first time since the beginning of the Space Age will have no way to launch anyone into space,” John Glenn wrote.

The space program is grounded, Muslim self-esteem is flying high and American self-esteem is low.

The Apollo 11 landing was a statement of confidence in ourselves. It enhanced American self-esteem. These days we wheedle and pander, we appease the self-esteem of our enemies in the vain hope that if we make them feel good about themselves, they will stop trying to kill us.

We have spent countless fortunes on police actions, peace efforts and outreach to the Muslim world. Our obsession with “fixing” the Muslim world has vastly increased our deficit and our helplessness. America has become a nation of social workers plugging more money into the bad neighborhoods of Islam and then tentatively standing back and hoping that the appeasement will pay off.

We can start believing in American greatness again or we can continue to build our foreign and domestic policy around winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.

We can have Muslim self-esteem or we can have the stars.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    “we appease the self-esteem of our enemies in the vain hope that if we make them feel good about themselves, they will stop trying to kill us.”
    It’s very strange that you should surmise that this is the reason why Obama does what he does, as if, hidden somewhere, there were a decent motive for his actions.
    On the contrary. Obama is a corrupt thug who does what he does out of simple hatred of America, of its history, and of its wealth-producers, and for the sake of enriching his Muslim friends.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The point is that even if we give him the benefit of the doubt, even his pretexts for his policies suck to high heaven.

      It only gets worse from there.

  • Anamah

    No Daniel, you’ll never reach Muslim self esteem… that would be an impossible task they have no bottom, more you put more they loss… is an useless job the bottom is open, they leak as much as you put; so stop the idiocy. They are not ready to contain anything because they are just broken.

    Better it will be take care of our great Institutions and achievements, and to honor them with all our hearts.
    I remember the emotion of that moment when the entire family was in front of the old TV…That was true heroic and unforgettable.

    We salute the USA!!!

  • Ulrick

    Everything’s gotta be about Muslims for Greenfield, an Israeli with a
    huge, glaring chip on his shoulder. Black radicals have always resented
    NASA, feeling that the money should go to them instead, as evidenced by
    things like Gil Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon” and Malcolm X’s statements about it in his autobiography. Obama pushed NASA for more
    affirmative action which NASA had already been using since the ’70s (HMMM ABOUT THE LAST TIME AMERIFATS WENT TO THE MOON). NASA has a long history of cramming minorities and women into spacesuits so they can achieve “equal representation,” and has had inner city youth outreach programs for years before Obama. But no, NASA’s downfall must be a Mohammedan conspiracy, that makes more sense somehow.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Whether the issue is the many conflicts and wars going on today, the threats to Christian communities, terrorism, the assaults on freedom of expression, or the crimes and social dysfunction linked to certain immigrant communities, more often than not it *is* “about Muslims”.

    • Ibrahim

      No. Everything’s gotta be about political correctness. Calling “fool” a fool lands you in jail, specially if the fool is muslim, black or any non-Caucasian, un-sexed citizen (or even illegal non-citizen immigrants). The US became The Greatest Nation because it was color blind. It just so happened that the best scientists, engineers, builders, entrepreneurs, can-doers were in the large majority, white American. At some point the Asians went on-board, because of their skills and capacity, not their color.

      Affirmative action started with the blacks, then the Hispanics, but it didn’t stop there. Now it caters to muslims big-time. Affirmative action is the demise of the USA as The Greatest Nation. Nowadays you get to a position within an organization because of the color of your skin, your gender (or lack thereof) or the union you belong to. And when there are lawyers involved, you get the position for yourself and twenty friends and family, plus a nice lawsuit in your favor. Skill, intelligence, willingness to work, those are values that nobody looks at these days. Just look at obama receiving for free the country’s top position. With the credentials of a mediocre at best.

      Muslims are the icing on the cake for this demise of U.S.A. Whining, complaining and demanding every day a little more, they’ve brought America’s color-blindness to a new level. Now even the FBI has to be blind to the fact that out of the 16 most-wanted criminals and terrorists, all 16 of them are muslim. Politicians and law-enforcement agents have to be color-blind to the color of every terrorist attack in US soil. Employers have to be color-blind to the fact that the most troublesome, demanding, whining employees are of a certain color. Neighbors enduring the horrible shrieks blasting out from every damn mosque in otherwise quiet neighborhoods have to be color blind that a certain-color religion is attempting to alter every decent right that every decent citizen should be entitled to, all in the name of political-correctness.

      • laura

        i wish this could be an editorial in the NYTimes. too bad……..we have a limited audience.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    “Instead it [funding] went elsewhere, to Pakistan, to Egypt, to the United Nations and to green energy programs for the Sultan of Brunei.”

    Don’t forget ObamaPhones. The billions spent on that program alone could have kep the Shuttle program, and its thousands of highly paid scientists and engineers, going a few more years.

  • pennant8

    Actually Muslims are far ahead of us in space technology. Mohammed himself traveled all the way out to 7th heaven aboard a flying horse. But there was some cheating involved. Just like pilfering algebra from the Hindus, the Muslims swiped the blueprints for the flying horse from the Greeks.

    • fscarn

      Muslims have never been about innovation. Islam was born in the 7th century and Muslims are bound and determined to keep it there. That’s where Muslim priorities lay.

      And it’s all about priorities. Here’s an example.

      Several years ago the Kuffir Space Gods had the bright idea of sending a Muslim (a Malay) into space. (Why? Some sort of outreach?) Only the Kuffirs could do such a thing because, on their own, the Muslims could never even think of such an adventure. Along the same lines that the new Muslim mega-clock in Mecca could never have been built without the ingenuity of the Kuffir. “O Allah [as in ‘I’ll hava Coke, or a Pepsi’], why have you cursed the best of people [the Quran-inspired descriptor used by Muslims to identify themselves] with no brains, but have amply supplied the infidels with knowledge & clear thinking, leaving us so ashamed and in poverty.”

      But the Malaysian Space Agency (huh? who knew such an agency even existed!), a part of the Dept of Islamic Development Malaysia (cough, cough, “Islamic Development” exists in the same universe as “dry water”), wrestled with the greatest technical problem of the entire then-upcoming flight of going beyond the earth’s atmosphere. That problem, How to face Mecca from outer space?

      That question, yes, that question, was the priority.

      The result, A Guideline of Performing Ibadah at the International Space Station (ISS), which concludes, “It is hoped that this guideline could assist the Muslim Astronaut to ensure the success of the mission and at the same time attaining the redha (pleasure) of Allah SWT.”

      Get that? The purpose of this nonsensical “guideline” (giggle) is to help the Muslim “ensure the success of the mission.”

      This pdf guideline is found here,
      http://makkah.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/a_guideline_ibadah_at_iss.pdf

      This guideline also gives instruction on how to handle death in space. In case the deceased cannot “be brought to Earth for normal funeral process,” then “the deceased should be buried in space with a simple funeral process.”

      Whew! A load off my mind. Leave it to the Muslim to come up with the really, really penetrating questions facing us all.

      Except, how is one “buried” in space?

  • seewithyourowneyes

    I’m glad that my father, who worked his whole life on the space program, passed away before Obama was elected.
    But I don’t think the real goal here is to raise Muslim self-esteem. Their self-esteem couldn’t get any higher! Objective facts be damned, they are the greatest and that’s that. No, the real goal here is to lower our own country’s self-esteem – and to accustom us to brain-dead dhimmitude.

  • Explorer08

    I think folks are giving Obama too much credit for cleverness and having a hidden conspiracy. The truth, I believe, is that he is simply a horrible chief executive with no administrative or leadership capability. He is a product of his own lack of experience and his deep roots only in academia without having served in the world of pragmatism for any discernible amount of time. He is constantly thrashing about, seeking a path and, finding no path, makes poor decisions or, worse, no decisions at all. I voted for him and I am deeply, deeply disappointed. The man has no sense of what it means to enable a vision, a mission, a strategy, and, least of all, the tactics to with those key organizational elements.

    • SupremeGalooty

      He is not the puppet-master. He is the puppet. He just follows orders, and the filth, despair, and destruction that follows him everywhere he goes is part of the plan.

    • putthehammerdown

      So,…which is it ?
      Is he, as we’ve heard so fricking often, “The Smartest Guy In The Room”? Or, is he, as-described as seen above ? [Explorer08]
      He is, by his actions, is creating Kaos and “changing” America all at the same time. He’s doing what Uncle Saul Alinsky told him and all the good little Progressives to get to work on. It’s working and we see and hear the results no-less than every 48 hours, it seems.
      By and large, each and every-thing he’s had a hand in has done nothing to be transparent, effective or productive. This, in and of itself tells an objective observer most of what they need to know about
      Barry D. S. Obama [C. M-F. I.C.]
      He’s not stupid, but he thinks we’re stupid, forgetful and in general, we just don’t much care that he’s running things
      .How did he get re-elected if this is not a truth ?
      To Explorer08 : You were warned about this guy, by multitudes.
      Now,… only after you see and experience what so many were howling about, do you see the danger this ‘Created Man’ is.
      Better luck, next election, sir…

  • Red47

    It’s a sickness. He knows nothing about NASA, so he redefines it as a propaganda wing.

  • Aizino Smith

    @ Daniel Greenfield

    Depression set in when you wrote “$ 424 million for 6 Soyuz seats”. Then it was cemented when you wrote that we tripled aid toPakistan and continued.

    the current Issue of Strategy & Tactics says how Bush and/or Cheney allowed an air corridor out of Kunduz in 2001 so Pakistan could airlift out its’ embedded advisors. They after all were the ones that trained the Taliban. along with the advisors 1 to 2 thousand Al Qaeda escaped along with many Taliban.

    Maybe it was the right thing to do. the civilian population might have been massacred by Al Qaeda. or the Pakistanis would not have allowed a land corridor for supplies to reach Afghanistan when we put more troops there and tried to reconstruct the country.

    In “Operation Darkheart” Anthony Schaefer relates to how they caught Pakistani operative.

    I am good with cutting all aid and letting that country tear itself apart. I do not even care if the nukes are used. Better now then later. then maybe people will pay attention. could they take out a city somewhere in the world? Yes. but it would be much easier to confront now than later. it would also be the last one.

    We should cut aid to the Pakistan and Palestinan Authority. Let the Qatar and the Saudis empty their treasuries supporting them.

    SOFREP.com related to how about 10% of American aid is diverted to the Taliban. Besides the Pakistani help, Arab contributions, whatever the scrap toegether in the Tribal authorities it keeps them alive as a military force, political force and as bandits. They are so concerned that we are leaving that the Taliban set up shop in Syria hoping to get more American aid by hook or by Crook.

    Between Kunduz, the Operation Darkheart incident, Osama found in Pakistan proper, and the SOFREPR article, i am done.

    Let’s leave Afghanistan. Are there some good people there? Yes. But we have bled enough. We have spent enough treasure trying ti help them.

    Just done. withdraw foreign aid.

    P.S. As I write this I hear McCain in the radio. what a fool. He wants us in Syria.
    Daddy’s boy got into Ananpolis and got his butter bars. Daddy’s gold kept little Johnny McCain form being kicked out of the Navy as pilot.

    As a result Little Johnny never grew up. but he did marry a heiress and buy a senate seat!

  • SupremeGalooty

    I would love to make all those Jolly Musselmen feel good – in some country other than mine. Like Saudi Arabia. Good place for those vicious pederasts.

  • BANSAK9214

    I wonder if Bolden and Holder, et al are actually proud of themselves, KNOWING that they have the position they currently hold only due to their race, the same as Barry Soetoro.

  • Steven Chavez

    whatever… the truth is obama’s only job is to betray the United States of America… along the way he will divide, spend, blame, mock, and transfer wealth from middle class to third world nations….

  • docmusic

    Watch …they’ll soon make a mosque on Antartica and then the moon. We’re done boys and girls …we are done.