Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Military-Industrial Complexity

The Pentagon has announced that it will delay its decision about the re-awarding of a huge air fuel tanker contract until the next President is in office -- much as every other decision is being dumped in this fashion. What's notable here is that the contract was originally awarded to an EADS (Airbus) consortium at the expense of Boeing, Boeing having been a major target of one-time Maverick John McCain's criticism of military contracts. The award of the contract to EADS had been a big headache for McCain in states where the Boeing consortium would have generated jobs. Apparently the need of the military for a new refuelling tanker can be postponed for the electoral benefit of McCain.

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