Outrage of the week:
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, 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 dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.
Leaving aside the absurdity of American officials giving interviews to Al Jazeera, Bolden's admission that his "perhaps foremost" charge as head of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, folks, is a window right into the soul of the Obama administration. For the head of NASA to be charged with improving Muslim relations as his top priority would have been too ludicrous to imagine even two years ago. But for the Theater of the Absurd in which we now find ourselves, it's just another day in La-La Land...NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World