I could hardly believe it when I read it. The Air Force wants to award a $40 billion dollar contract to EADS for Airbus 330 aircraft to be used as USAF refuelers. Northrup is getting a cut so it will lend its name to the contract so there is some American content and thereby obfuscate the Euro reality of the deal. EADS claims 25,000 jobs will be created in the US. Right. Is that in the contract? As hirelings, not technology creators, Americans will assemble the Euro technology in Alabama that is actually built in France. This must be the well deserved payback for all the help France and Germany have been in Afghanistan and Iraq. Had Boeing won the contract, 44,000 jobs would have been created. That according to MSNBC. None of which speaks to the fact that in a recession American tax payer dollars will go to creating thousands of Euro jobs while simultaneously building their aerospace engineering and manufacturing capability at the expense of doing so in the US. The Air Force generals responsible for this decision said that jobs in the US played no part in their decision. They should be sacked. And Congress should reverse this deal. What chance, besides zero, would Boeing have in obtaining an analogous contract in Europe? Well, I suppose that is a bad argument because there could be no analogous order for similar aircraft in Europe, since they spend next to nothing on defense compared to the US.