The humbling of America 4

Reuters reports:

China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday [December 13, 2013], state media reported, in the first such “soft-landing” since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.

The Chang’e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit buggy, which will dig and conduct geological surveys.

China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs, for military, commercial and scientific purposes. …

“The dream for lunar exploration once again lights up the China Dream,” Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

China dreams of “becoming a major global economic and political power”.

In its most recent manned space mission in June, three astronauts spent 15 days in orbit and docked with an experimental space laboratory, part of Beijing’s quest to build a working space station by 2020.

The official Xinhua news service reported that the spacecraft had touched down in the Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, after hovering over the surface for several minutes seeking an appropriate place to land. …

The Bay of Rainbows was selected because it has yet to be studied, has ample sunlight and is convenient for remote communications with Earth, Xinhua said. …

For more than a decade, China has been modernizing its economy and developing in areas long dominated by the West particularly the United States.

China is also developing its own satellite system to rival the U.S. GPS [Global Positioning] system and has sold satellites to other countries.

And further reports:

Iran said on Saturday [December 14, 2013] it had sent a second live monkey into space and brought it back safely, the latest demonstration of the country’s missile capabilities, state news agency IRNA reported.

“President Hassan Rouhani … congratulated Iranian scientists and experts on successfully sending a second living creature into space,” the news agency said.

Iran said it launched its first monkey to space in January.

Rouhani used Twitter to mark the latest event, a demonstration of rocket power that is likely to cause concern in the West and among some Gulf states, which are worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

The West worries that long-range ballistic technology used to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be put to use dispatching nuclear warheads to a target.

In contrast to these developments, America is using the National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA) to make Muslims feel good about their – non-existent – scientific achievements, on instructions from President Obama, as its “foremost” mission, we recall.

ABC news reported on July 6, 2010:

The White House and NASA today defended comments by National Aeronautic Space Administration administrator Charles Bolden about reaching out to the Muslim world – comments that conservatives criticized as undermining NASA’s mission.

A few days ago, in Cairo, Bolden told Al Jazeera that when he became the NASA administrator, President Obama charged him with three things: “One, 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 engineering — science, math and engineering.” …

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York interviewed former NASA administrator Michael Griffin … who called Bolden’s stated charge for NASA a “perversion of NASA’s purpose.”

“NASA was chartered by the 1958 Space Act to develop the arts and sciences of flight in the atmosphere and in space and to go where those technologies will allow us to go,” Griffin said “That’s what NASA does for the country. It is a perversion of NASA’s purpose to conduct activities in order to make the Muslim world feel good about its contributions to science and mathematics.” Griffin made clear he was criticizing the policy, not Bolden, whom he praised. …

Commentator Charles Krauthammer called Bolden’s comments “a new height of fatuousness. NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there. This idea of ‘to feel good about your past scientific achievements’ is the worst kind of group therapy, psycho-babble, imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy.”

The humbling of America is a large part of Obama’s agenda, and he is spectacularly succeeding in it.

He dreams his adolescent dreams in a private Bay of Rainbows all his own.

  • liz

    Yes, he is definitely in ” a private Bay of Rainbows all his own” (!), from which he’s taken us not only to “new heights of fatuousness”, but to new heights of colossal ignorance, stupidity, and delusional conceit.
    While he’s feeling good about himself for using NASA, of all things, to make the Muslims feel good about themselves, the Muslims are laughing all the way to the nuclear weapons launch with the U.S. as the target.

  • rogerinflorida

    And as Roy D. Mercer might say; that ain’t the worst of it: Concurrent with their space program China is proposing a series of infrastructure projects that are absolutely dazzling in scope and audacity:
    They have reached agreement with Nicaragua to start building a new seaway across the isthmus in parallel with the Panama Canal.
    They have agreed with Ukraine to lease 5% of that country for agricultural production dedicated to Chinese consumption.
    They have agreements in place to construct a railway/road/pipeline complex across Asia and Europe so that there is a continuous railway track between Shanghai (on the Pacific coast of China) and Hamburg (on the Baltic coast of Germany), able to take 60,000 ton trains carrying consumer goods, chemicals, oil/gas and agricultural products. The rail journey between Shanghai and Hamburg will take 21 days against 5 weeks for a ship.
    They are offering the Canadian Govt. a pipeline from Fort McMurray, Alberta to Kittimat BC, for tar sands oil, 1 million barrels a day, across 7 mountain ranges, complete in 2 years.
    And many others!
    This is confidence, this is belief in destiny, this is EMPIRE!
    In contrast; the Keystone pipeline has been in permitting for 12 years, and may never be approved.

    • Azgael

      Oils sands, there is no tar there just Oil

    • Jillian Becker

      Thanks for this information, Roger. It emphasizes our point.