White House Announces Bold Plan To Use NASA Know-How To Build Better Relations With Muslim Nations
By DAWN HYMAN
Published August 26, 2012
According to White House sources, during President Obama’s nomination speech at the DNC in Charlotte he will announce a new “outreach” program to share space technology with Muslim nations. The purpose of the program will be to promote improved relations with Muslim countries.
White House sources say that the program will include 5,000 scholarships for qualified high school graduates from select underrepresented Muslim countries to attend U.S. aeronautics and astrophysics university programs. It also will include rocket propulsion technology sharing that some critics say could be adapted for use in ballistic missiles.
“It would be patriarchal to expect that Muslims should be relegated to passengers on our spacecraft.”
A White House source said that missile technology is an essential part of the plan: “It would be patriarchal to expect that Muslims should be relegated to passengers on our spacecraft.” According to the source, any useful plan must include rocket technology because “you can’t get into space if you can’t get off the ground.”
The technology at issue includes both the rocket construction technology and the software to control the rocket’s combustion and flight path. U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R), ranking member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, was highly critical of the plan. “We have been trying to keep this technology out of the hands of these regimes for decades,” he said. “I cannot believe this administration would just give it away.”
During President Obama’s trip to Colorado, he took time to address criticism and preview the plan before his speech. “No longer can we presume that predominantly Muslim countries mean us harm,” he said. “The time is now to share what we have learned and bring our countries closer together.” When asked about national security concerns, the President bristled. “Space knows no bounds, and our cooperation to reach the stars should know no bounds,” he said.
“It sounds cliché, but you catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. The U.S.needs to atone for the brutal wars it has waged against Muslim peoples.”
NASA Administrator Bolden created a firestorm in July after telling Al Jazeera that President Obama told him before he took the job that his first priority should be “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.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Bolden tried to minimize the technology to be shared. “We are mainly talking about algorithms – numbers! Muslims invented numbers.”
A White House spokesperson said that their could be some computer hardware exchanged in additional to rocket thruster design technology. “Ideally, we train their own young people in our universities so that they can learn to help themselves,” said the source.
Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick Judith Kern said the outreach plan should reap dividends. “It sounds cliché, but you catch more bees with honey than with vinegar,” she said. “The U.S. needs to atone for the brutal wars it has waged against Muslim peoples.”
According to Professor of Social Work at Evergreen State College Donna Moore space exploration could improve the self-esteem of Muslims, making them less hostile. “Self-esteem is so important in being well-adapted,” she said. “It is axiomatic that exploring space would add to their self-esteem and promote peace.”