State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf announced this week that the Obama administration plans not to use force in the long-term fight against the Islamic State group, but will reach out to try to understand the “root causes that lead people to join these groups.”
This strategy of “soft power” has permeated President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as it relates to the Muslim world since day one of his presidency. As seen in the video below, Obama even attempted to use NASA as one form of outreach.
In the 2010 video, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Al-Jazeera that Obama charged him with finding “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, math and engineering.”
Former Bush administration NASA chief Michael Griffin called this plan a “perversion” of the very principles NASA was founded upon.
NASA was chartered to develop the arts and sciences of flight to go where those technologies allowed. It was not developed to be used as a “feel good” program to uplift the Muslim community abroad.
See the full interview with Charles Bolden below (H/T Truth Revolt):
This initiative to use hard-earned American resources to improve the Muslim world clearly fell flat as it has grown more hostile in recent years toward the Western world.
The greater issue at stake is this: since when did it become the responsibility of the United States to make Muslims — or anyone — “feel good” about themselves?
NASA was created to explore space. We suggest they get back on task.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune