There's not much chance you missed seeing the ire of our lawmakers in Washington, after Boeing lost that multi-billion dollar tanker contract deal to a European subsidiary of Airbus of France. Senator Pat Roberts speech railing against outsourcing America's security to Europe is an instant classic from Capitol Hill.. (Bonjour!) But if you turn the calendar back one month, Senator (and soon-to-be Republican nominee) John McCain clearly laid out some reasons why Washington is NOT enamored with Boeing right now.
Newsweek Magazine reported in its edition four weeks ago, "when (McCain) began investigating Boeing for what he regarded as a sweetheart deal with the Air Force to lease tankers, it turned out that Boeing had broken the law by hiring a former Air Force procurement officer who had worked on the tanker contract. McCain held up Air Force promotions until the Defense Department produced some inculpatory e-mails. The Pentagon balked, and McCain wound up in Donald Rumsfeld's office, yelling at the top of his lungs, says a Pentagon official and an adviser to Rumsfeld who declined to be identified. McCain seemed to believe that Rumsfeld had impugned his patriotism."
Of course, the reference to Rumsfeld means all this happened more than a year ago, but many Senators like John McCain have a long memory. Is there any connection that the Air Force doesn't want to risk raising the hackles of the man who has a 1 out of 3 chance of becoming Commander in Chief.. by starting a new tanker deal with Boeing?
Now you know the bad blood behind the REST of the story. Are you surprised the Pentagon told Boeing "no..?" If you have a good, working knowledge of Boeing.. write us!