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And so the "outreach" begins

One one level, doesn't this preferential treatment to one particular religion bridge the so called separation of church and state?

Taking seriously President Barack Obama's advice to reach out to the Muslim world, NASA has announced that Arab students from the United Arab Emirates would be joining its internship program.

As part of an agreement between NASA and the non-profit Arab Youth Venture foundation, up to a dozen UAE students are to be chosen annually to participate in projects ranging from the space shuttle, space station, solar system exploration and aeronautical research missions.

NASA's Ames Research Center in California announced that three university students from the UAE were the first to start the program that will give them "hands-on experience with computer software and technology, and NASA engineering expertise," according to a NASA press release.

"Under this program, the goodwill generated by students working side by side with our NASA scientists and researchers will serve as a bridge between the USA and UAE, opening the doors for future collaboration in scientific research. I can only imagine what discoveries might be achieved through such cooperation," S. Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames, was quoted as saying.

The participation of UAE students came on the heels of statements made by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who revealed that Obama wanted his agency to conduct more outreach with Muslim nations.

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera,†Bolden talked about the missions he was given by Obama, when he was tasked to head up NASA.

"Perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering," said Bolden.

The three UAE students were identified as Shamma Al Qassim, 19, a computer engineering major at the American University of Sharjah, Hazza Bani Malek, 20, who is pursuing a major in mechatronics at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Ras Al Khaimah and Hamad Rajab, 21, an electrical engineering student.

They will spend the next 10 weeks in training, which Worden said would provide them with an opportunity to learn about space exploration and create strong friendships between great nations.

Where might liberals be if Obama was reaching out to just Jews?  Or Christians?



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Comments (26)

And people wonder where Ira... (Below threshold)

And people wonder where Iran will get the technological savvy for their ballistic missile program.

Obama thinks of the Constit... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Obama thinks of the Constitution the same as most people think of toilet paper.

Last time I checked, exactl... (Below threshold)

Last time I checked, exactly zero airliners had been hijacked and deliberately crashed into skyscrapers by Christians.

If we could get Lee to sit ... (Below threshold)

If we could get Lee to sit on an IED, he could be the first islamic astronaut.

I know Id be happier.

Lee "Dogshit" Ward: "Las... (Below threshold)

Lee "Dogshit" Ward: "Last time I checked the the Hebrew nation and the Christian nation of people were not singled out for attack the way that the Islamic nation was targeted by the Bush administration for 7 years."

huh? the "Islamic Nation"?? There's something called the "Islamic Nation"??

and then THIS bullshit: "the action of a few Islamic extremists". What "action"? Oh, that "incident" where they accidentally killed 3,000 Americans while screaming "Allah Akbar"??? THAT little indiscretion???

FOAD, Lee...you really ARE of way less value than dog shit!

Lee Ward,Your post... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Lee Ward,

Your post #3 violates the Terms of Service for Wizbang, specifically - 7. MEMBER CONDUCT
"...You agree to not use the Service to: (a) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.."

You knew that, right?

I do expect a retraction and an apology.

"we now know was in fact a ... (Below threshold)

"we now know was in fact a religious war against Islam."


You got a mouse in your pocket Lee?

Where are all the links to websites reporting on the wholesale murder of Muslims and the burning of their mosques in the US?

You're so full of shit.

Hey Lee! You got any probl... (Below threshold)

Hey Lee! You got any problems with YOUR Obamassiah dropping missiles on terrorists without benefit of a jury trail?

Or is that okay, 'cause, you know, the Obamassiah says it is?

Last time I checke... (Below threshold)
Last time I checked the the Hebrew nation and the Christian nation of people were not singled out for attack the way that the Islamic nation was targeted by the Bush administration for 7 years.

So, the 9/11 incidents were what, navigational errors?

Are you even attempting to make sense any more?

Lee Ward:"Last time ... (Below threshold)

Lee Ward:
"Last time I checked the the Hebrew nation and the Christian nation of people were not singled out for attack .."

What do these words have to do with the italicized quote you listed in your post #3?? Or did you just decide you wanted to talk about something different?

Rev Lee Ward Wright<p... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Rev Lee Ward Wright

Obama has continued what you describe as an unjust war. Does that make Obama guilty of war crimes in your view?

I mean we know that you cant stand the fact that a black man is in the White House. Are you now accusing him of war crimes as well?

Sky CaptianThat ph... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Sky Captian

That phrase from the TOS doesnt describe Rev Lee Ward WRight's posts. It describes him.

See now, folks? This is th... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

See now, folks? This is the objective of Lee's posting - to divert the entire discussion from the damage Obama is doing to America to center on Lee's personal lack of integrity.

Right now he's exhilarating to his giant-sized posters of Obama, Che, and Mao, while he tapes his homemade "Mission Accomplished" banner to the wall as The Internationale plays at full blast for atmosphere.

Jews kidnapping peeps and s... (Below threshold)

Jews kidnapping peeps and sawing their heads off on TV has been a REAL problem of late......

Ward, get a life for gawds sake.

guess there are no American... (Below threshold)

guess there are no American kids that would benefit from those internships.....

we wouldn't want to create or save jobs here in America


The fact that you folks ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The fact that you folks "don't get it" is why 9/11 happened in the first place.

9/11 happened under Bush's watch.

9/11 was a shot at America.

God, you are fucking stupid. Really, you are.
Lest we all forget, the FIRST ATTEMPT at taking down WTC was during Clinton's watch...a fact you conveniently ignore. 9/11 was a second chance, which obviously succeeded. The Khobar Towers bombing, etc.

But the point is not to assign blame on any president. The point, other than the one on the top of your head, is 9/11 wasn't exactly the first attack on Christans/Jews: Let me count the ways:


September 11, 2001 - Terrorists hijack four U.S. commercial airliners taking off from various locations in the United States in a coordinated suicide attack. In separate attacks, two of the airliners crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, which catch fire and eventually collapse. A third airliner crashes into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, causing extensive damage. The fourth airliner, also believed to be heading towards Washington, DC, crashes outside Shanksville, PA., killing all 45 people on board. Casualty estimates from New York put the possible death toll close to 5,000, while as many as 200 people may have been lost at the Pentagon crash site.

Oct. 12, 2000 - A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39.

Aug. 7, 1998 - Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured.

In response, on August 20 the United States attacked targets in Afghanistan and Sudan with over 75 cruise missiles fired from Navy ships in the Arabian and Red seas. About 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from warships in the Arabian Sea. Most struck six separate targets in a camp near Khost, Afghanistan. Simultaneously, about 20 cruise missiles were fired from U.S. ships in the Red Sea striking a factory in Khartoum, Sudan, which was suspected of producing components for making chemical weapons.

June 21, 1998 - Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

July 27, 1996 - A pipe bomb explodes during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding 111.

June 25, 1996 - A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.

Nov. 13, 1995 - A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The "Tigers of the Gulf," "Islamist Movement for Change," and "Fighting Advocates of God" claim responsibility.

April 19, 1995 - A car bomb destroys the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 600.

February 1993 - A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.

Dec. 21, 1988 - A bomb destroys Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 people aboard the Boeing 747 are killed including 189 Americans, as are 11 people on the ground.

April 1986 - An explosion damages a TWA flight as it prepares to land in Athens, Greece. Four people are killed when they are sucked out of the aircraft.

April 5, 1986 - A bomb destroys the LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin. The disco was known to be frequented by U.S. servicemen. The attack kills one American and one German woman and wounds 150, including 44 Americans

In response, on April 15 the United States retaliated in an operation dubbed 'El Dorado Canyon.' Approximately 100 aircraft were launched in direct support of the raid. It was an attack against military targets involving land-based bombers from Great Britain together with carrier-based air strikes from ships in the Gulf of Sidra.

December 1985 - Simultaneous suicide attacks are carried out against U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at Rome and Vienna international airports. 20 people are killed in the two attacks, including four terrorists.

November 1985 - Hijackers aboard an Egyptair flight kill one American. Egyptian commandos later storm the aircraft on the isle of Malta, and 60 people are killed.

October 1985 - Palestinian terrorists hijack the cruise liner Achille Lauro (in response to the Israeli attack on PLO headquarters in Tunisia) Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, wheelchair-bound American, is killed and thrown overboard.

August 1985 - A car bomb at a U.S. military base in Frankfurt, Germany kills two and injures 20. A U.S. soldier murdered for his identity papers is found a day after the explosion.

June 1985 - A TWA airliner is hijacked over the Mediterranean, the start of a two-week hostage ordeal. The last 39 passengers are eventually released in Damascus after being held in various locations in Beirut.

June 1985 - In San Salvador, El Salvador, 13 people are killed in a machine gun attack at an outdoor café, including four U.S. Marines and two American businessmen.

April 1985 - A bomb explodes in a restaurant near a U.S. air base in Madrid, Spain, killing 18, all Spaniards, and wounding 82, including 15 Americans.

November 1984 - A bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in Bogota, Colombia kills a passer-by. The attack was preceded by death threats against U.S. officials by drug traffickers.

October 1983 - A suicide car bomb attack against the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut kills 241 servicemen. A simultaneous attack on a French base kills 58 paratroopers.

April 1983 - A suicide car bombing against the U.S. embassy in Beirut kills 63, including 17 Americans.


Now that I've shot down your ridiculous statement, why don't you do all of us a favour and fuck off?

The education of middle eas... (Below threshold)

The education of middle eastern muslims at our premier engineering schools has been going on for decades. I do not know if this has helped or hurt relations. But unless it can be proven to have helped immensely, Nasa should not join the education program.

"And having the war-m... (Below threshold)
John S:

"And having the war-mongering hate-mongering Republicans in power is why we were attacked on 9/11..."

The 9/11 attacks were planned during the Clinton administration, mostly because he had demonstrated in 8 years, that the U.S. would do nothing in response.

You're a sick twisted indiv... (Below threshold)

You're a sick twisted individual LW.

I advise you to turn back, seek the help of a qualified mental health professional, seriously.

Lee Ward,Why was ... (Below threshold)

Lee Ward,

Why was the USA attacked on 9/11? Because OBL was pissed that Saudi Arabia accepted USA help in stopping the IRAQ invasion of other Arab states after the fall of Kuwait. OBL offered his men and equipment and Saudi Arabia said no thanks we will take the help of the USA. It was American boots on Holy ground.

Now Before 9/11 did the USA fight to protect Muslims?
Yes the Balkans
Yes Frist Gulf War
Yes we sent aid to Somali
We sent aid to Afghanistan

In a time when the USA has record unemployment why not award internship positions to Americans? Charity begins at home.
UAE has money let them build and fund their own programs.
Saudi Araba build schools they can surely do this for the Arab world why do they need the Great Satan's help?

"Where might liber... (Below threshold)

"Where might liberals be if Obama was reaching out to just Jews? Or Christians?


The libs would all be at confession admitting they really hate this black man.

It's outreach. PR. Hands... (Below threshold)

It's outreach. PR. Hands across the water.
This outreach is designed to give young Arabs fewer reasons to try to kill us.

Seriously, you knew this already, right? An analogy that's overly simplistic so hopefully even 914 can understand it

From the mind of a liberal'

NO WONDER THE COUNTRY IS SO FUCKED!! Instead of trying to understand illogical biological waste of DNA, I would prefer to nip it in the bud and enjoy a bountiful harvest.

I have refrained from perso... (Below threshold)

I have refrained from personal insults in forums here and other site where opinions are given. The comments here today posted by Lee Ward have created an uncontrollable need to make an exception.

Lee Ward, you are a despicable piece of human garbage and it defies logic that you can call yourself an American.

Newsflash, Obama! Inviting... (Below threshold)

Newsflash, Obama! Inviting Muslims to work or get an education here via some NASA "outreach" program will NOT cause the jihadis to stop planning to attack us. It will not cause Muslim nations to change their mind about the US becoming Sharia compliant. It will not stop the virulent anti-American rhetoric being shouted in Mosques here or abroad. It will not stop the Saudis from printing anti-American pamphlets to be distributed right here in our own towns and cities.

Is this man really that naive?

"Is this man really that... (Below threshold)

"Is this man really that naive?"

No, He's one of them.

obama is trying to transfer... (Below threshold)

obama is trying to transfer ballistic missle technology under thi guise of cultural outreach.What good are nuclear weapons without a good long distance delivery system?






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