President Obama has brought this situation on himself by destroying a space program that had been carefully crafted, with a hard won political consensus built to support it, then for all intents and purposes walking away, leaving underlings like Charles Bolden to carry on as best they can. Obama could exercise some leadership by sitting down with members of Congress and crafting a new plan. But he seems ill disposed to do so. Obama's main space priority, the destruction of Constellation, has been completed. Whatever follows does not very much concern him. Thus, it will be left to the next President to pick up the pieces and repair the damage.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Interesting comments by Mark Whittington on Yahoo!