Newsflash: Cowing is a Sycophant and O'Keefe is a Liar, Stupid, and a Coward

Editor's note: That's what Scott Horowitz' and Mike Griffin's pal Bob Zubrin wants you to think - note this excerpt from an official Mars Society email wherein Zubrin crows about his victory:

"The decision to save Hubble is a great victory for science, civilization, and the Mars Society. Alone among space advocacy groups, the Mars Society responded the former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe's stupid and cowardly decision ... The Mars Society campaign provoked a hysterical response from O'Keefe's pet sycophant at nasawatch, but was welcomed by many NASA employees, who helped the campaign by leaking information showing that O'Keefe was lying. As a result of the debacle that followed, the Philistine bureaucrat was essentially forced from office, clearing the way for the appointment of a NASA Administrator actually committed to science and the human expansion into space."

Feel better now, Bob? One has to assume that your steering committee agrees with your armwaving, name calling, and sheer fabrication.

Oh yes, Zubrin also uses lines like "technically illiterate oaf", "sissified NASA", and "fraudulent" and suggests that O'Keefe was "essentially forced from office". What a wonderful way for a leader (as Zubrin professes to be) to represent his organization. Once again Bob, its time for you to sit down and shut up.

The text of Zubrin's official Mars Society newsletter follows:

"Hubble Rescue a Victory for Reason
October 31, 2006

For further information about the Mars Society, visit our website at marssociety.org

NASA Administrator Mike Griffin today announced that the space agency would mount a Shuttle mission to save and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

The decision to save Hubble is a great victory for science, civilization, and the Mars Society. Alone among space advocacy groups, the Mars Society responded the former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe's stupid and cowardly decision to desert the Hubble with forthright opposition, exposing as fraudulent the technically illiterate oaf's claims that a mission to Hubble was more dangerous than missions to the Space Station, as well as his attempt to deceive congress into accepting the telescope's demise through a feckless offer of a fake robotic repair effort.

O'Keefe's announcement of his intention to desert Hubble came just two days after President Bush's announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration, and threatened to brand the Moon-Mars initiative with the mark of Cain, by associating its birth with a world-historic crime against science. It also threatened to turn the VSE into a joke, as a sissified NASA too timid to send astronauts to Hubble would clearly never be able to send humans to the Moon or Mars.

Following O'Keefe's announcement, the Mars Society Steering Committee published a statement denouncing the move, and Mars Society members met with Congressmen, Senators, and White House personnel in a concerted campaign to reverse O'Keefe's decision. In addition, Mars Society members published articles, op-eds, and letters to the editor in many newspapers, making it clear that not only professional, Americans of every walk of life committed to maintaining our nation's commitment to the pioneer spirit found the decision to desert Hubble unacceptable.

A sample of one of the many Mars Society articles opposing Hubble desertion can be found at http://www.aura- astronomy.org/nv/WashTimes_1.pdf Another is presented below.

The Mars Society campaign provoked a hysterical response from O'Keefe's pet sycophant at nasawatch, but was welcomed by many NASA employees, who helped the campaign by leaking information showing that O'Keefe was lying. As a result of the debacle that followed, the Philistine bureaucrat was essentially forced from office, clearing the way for the appointment of a NASA Administrator actually committed to science and the human expansion into space.

Congratulations to Mike Griffin for making the right decision. Congratulations to everyone who took a stand for Hubble.

Don't Desert Hubble
Robert Zubrin
Space News, Feb, 9, 2004

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