The story about the current White House occupant's charge for NASA to "reach out to the Muslim world... to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science" fascinates more than I can express. So I'll have a leading Conservative voice do the talking for me:
"It might just be that Muslim self-confidence is more dangerous to us than imagined Muslim feelings of inadequacy. But in any case, solicitude about the feelings of individuals cannot comprise a foreign policy. Muslim nations, like other nations, are motivated by advantage and influenced by perceptions of strength and weakness."
-- from Mona Charen's "NASA's Muslim Outreach"; July 7, 2010