I had to go check this. And it is as it appears.
This borders on the criminal, the abandonment of American commitment to space.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries" as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy.
Now, what they really mean is that they want to use space flight as a way of getting those countries to do things that the US wants them to do: "do what we want, and we'll pull a wonderful publicity stunt to make your people happy."
Does this surprise, giving the fundamental corruption of the Chicago crowd? You see, everything gets reduced to "what's in it for me", everything is reduced to a tool for political purposes, something to be used and exploited for crass political purposes.
This is so utterly degrading for the space program - to be reduced to a novelty item that the State Department gives away for being a good vassal - that it's an utter absurdity.
We deserve better. We won't be getting it from this Administration.
I know I've used this quote before, but this needs to become a mainstream mantra:
I know I sound like a broken record, but we simply need to demand a higher quality of work from our government.
Because we certainly aren't getting it now.