Arab named as chief scientist at NASA

Online biographies of him studiously avoid any mention of his early background but Waleed is an Arab name so he is almost certainly a Muslim -- though at the outside he could be a Lebanese Christian.

As Muslims often have loyalties that transcend loyalty to the country in which they live, this appointment does not inspire much confidence in his future words and deeds.

But if such doubts are justified he would in any case be in comparably unreliable company among NASA environmental officials. One thinks, of course, of Jim Hansen and his ever-changing temperature histories.

I note that Abdalati's first degrees were in engineering so his environmental expertise would seem slight. But IPCC head Pachauri is an engineer too so scientific expertise would seem to be no precondition for environmental appointments anyway

University of Colorado-Boulder faculty member Waleed Abdalati has been selected as NASA's chief scientist.

The 46-year-old associate geography professor will start the two-year term in January.

Abdalati directs the Earth Science Observation Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies, a venture of the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His research focuses on understanding changes in Earth's ice cover.

Abdalati will be chief adviser to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs, planning and science investments. He'll work with the White House, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.



  1. ofcourse an arab is corrupt, just hire a jew instead, preferably one with an israeli dual citizenship, im sure he will be more loyal than an arab. this is pure racism, no one complains when the whole US government is more loyal to israel than to the american people. when an arab scientist is assigned, he must be a muslim who is loyal to his country.

  2. anonymous2 says that anonymous is obviously a lying, bigoted, Jew-hating, racist Muslim. These folks sure are sneaky--like rats.

  3. Every single soul can be an angel or a devil. History has shown that good people from all over the world have contributed to the well being of this planet. Arabs muslims and non-muslims, Christens & Jews have all participated in the prosperity of this nation and we thank god for their contribution. It is really sad that some articles can be so discriminatory.


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