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Boeing Cries Foul Over Lost Contract

Posted on Mar 10, 2008

The KC-30, the winning tanker made by U.S.-European team Northrop Grumman-Airbus, takes a very expensive victory lap with a friend.

U.S. aerospace giant Boeing is appealing the Air Force’s decision to award a $40-billion contract to a rival U.S.-European team, citing “serious flaws” in the process.

The contract for 179 refueling tankers is likely to be the last big Pentagon purchase this decade, marking a shift away from a “Buy America” mentality and toward more international competition.

Los Angeles Times:

Boeing Co. said Monday that it plans to challenge the Pentagon’s decision to award a $40-billion aircraft contract to rival Northrop Grumman Corp. and its European partner, Airbus.

The world’s largest aerospace company said it would file a formal protest Tuesday, hoping to overturn what is likely to be the nation’s last big new weapons contract for at least a decade. The Pentagon on Feb. 29 chose Century City-based Northrop over Boeing to build 179 aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force.

“Our team has taken a very close look at the tanker decision and found serious flaws in the process that we believe warrant appeal,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing’s chairman, president and chief executive. “This is an extraordinary step rarely taken by our company, and one we take very seriously.”

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By cyrena, March 12, 2008 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

Actually Maani,

I already made this point about Northrup Grumman.

So you’re right. I don’t like them any better than I like Boeing.

On the other hand, the real outrage from Boeing at least ‘appears’ to be directed at the fact that Air Bus, (a French Company) was the co-winner of the contract. As a result, Boeing is now on the McCain attack, blaming it all on him.

Now at some point in time, we might learn that The Bush Carlyle Group owns Air Bus too. (It’s really hard to track these revolving door corporate connections). Remember when everybody was railing against Dunkin’ Donuts, (can’t even remember why now) and claiming they were a French owned company? (when they’re actually just independently owned franchises).

Well, come to find out, at least for the purposes of the stock market, THEY TOO, are connected under the corporate umbrella of the Carlyle Group. (all very complicated I know)

But, that ‘complicated’ nature of it all is very intentional. What ISN’T all that complicated, is that the Carlyle Group has been part of the Bush Dynasty for decades, and now they’re about to BUY the CIA!! (or at least the CIA’s major contractor, and lets’ face it, the dirty work of the CIA has been mostly contracted out anyway.)

So, no surprises with THAT latest wedding between the corps and the state. Dick Bush IS the Corporations AND the State, since they’re all the same anyway.
Corps=“The State”=the government=Dick Bush Dynasty/Cabal.

  Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor:
Booz Allen Hamilton

  By Tim Shorrock

But, back to the issue at hand…Boeing is blaming McCain for selling them out. Now of course at some point, that was gonna happen to McCain, just because two-timers or ten timers, (I can’t remember if that came from MMC or Leefeller) like McCain, are bound to get caught.

So, McCain has so damn MANY special interests that he has to ‘service’ that he ended up ‘servicing’ one of his ‘clients’ and leaving the other one holding on to it’s…well, you know.

Angry Boeing Supporters Target McCain
  By Matthew Daly
  The Associated Press

So, that’s what happens to two, three or ten timing panderers like McCain.

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By Anders, March 12, 2008 at 7:10 am Link to this comment
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The US doesn’t mind selling military equipment all over the world. Several European countries use American fighters + co despite Europe having an industry of its own. Boeing lost the contract and should shut up.

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By secretmojo, March 12, 2008 at 12:35 am Link to this comment

Boeing is right. There were unfair bidding procedures:

Boy, it takes balls to stack the deck, get caught doing it, then bitch about not getting the pot.

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By omop, March 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

European members of NATO are pulling out of Afghanistan. Several European states are not toing the US line on sanctions on Iran.

Several European leaders are turning a bit anti-israeli like.

The Airbus makers will accept increasingly devalued US dollars.

Nick Sarkozy is beginning to act like us and likes us.

What will it take to make things all right again.

Bribe everybody back in to the fold.  Sign on the dotted line s’il vous plait [if you please.

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By PatrickHenry, March 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

This country spends far too much on these contracts.

The money spent could be spent on much needed infrastructure projects here in the U.S.

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By Fadel Abdallah, March 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

You son of a need to ship to Iraq, so that a courageous Muslim could cut you to pieces and flush you filthy parts down the toilet. It’s always easy for a scum of the earth like you to fight wars by proxy; you must be the most coward chauvinist macho you claim to be!

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By Vash the Stampede, March 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Nice and subtle.

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By Maani, March 11, 2008 at 7:43 am Link to this comment


With all due respect, Northrup Grumman is no less complicit in the things you accuse Boeing of, from economic issues to military ones.  BOTH of these companies are people-killers, and NEITHER deserves our pity.


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By i,Q, March 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment

It is curious that the Pentagon is going European Union for a military contract. Isn’t there a conflict of interest having a foreign power build even the infrastructural units of “the Greatest Fighting Force known to history?” Not to mention the American jobs lost on what i’m sure Boeing must have thought was in the bag for them. Someone must owe some kind of diplomatic debt, or is a play on favor to seek some kind of extra support for the War on Terror. Or a huge vote of no confidence in the economy. inflation will send the ultimate cost of American made refuelers way over-budget.

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By cyrena, March 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

My sentiments exactly Fadel!!

In addition to the WMD used on the innocents of the world, Boeing has also wrecked environmental and economic disaster on millions right here at home. They conduct their affairs with arrogance and impunity.

Ironically though, there’s no real difference between them and the competitors that they lost out to. Air Bus may be more labor conscious and environmentally responsible, but all of these US aircraft manufacturers have adopted the same indentured servitude practices as the rest of corporate America.

It is also a fallacy to suggest that doing business with Boeing is the same as ‘buying American.’ They’ve long since outsourced the majority of their manufacturing operation.

The wing comes from China which is made from materials that are from Thailand, and shipped via the Philippines. The motors and the light bulbs come from somewhere else as well, and there is no accountability for who made what. They’re all retailers, not manufactures. There’s a different hand at every level.

The other irony is that they’re actually attempting to file an appeal with the Feds, when in reality, they’re one and the same. It’s like kids fighting over their parents’ money. The military industrial complex is one big (maybe not so happy) family.

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By GW=MCHammered, March 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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This isn’t about Global Trade. Americans workers won that competition. This is about the End of Sovereignty.

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By Lenny, March 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment
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I won’t even bother to look it up, but I remember after the alleged terror attack of 9/11 the airlines were paid off $20 billion each and the Gov. bought up all of Boeing’s unsold 747’s for use as TANKERS as a reward for something that was left undisclosed.

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By Fadel Abdallah, March 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

I will shed no tears for Boeing loosing this contract. With their weapons of mass destruction, I am sure they have a lot of innocent blood on their hands. I am looking for the day when they and their rivals in the making of weapons of mass destruction will all go out of business.

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