Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Jan 16, 2008.
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Rumsfeld tried to lease 767s from Boeing to avoid this bid. Regardless, I think it very unlikely the order will go to EADS. If it does, there will be a huge storm. No, the US will never pay tens of billions to the French and Germans for EADS aircraft unless there is some other gigantic payoff, perhaps political. No administration could handle the political heat of signing the EADS contract. In the end, EADS will drive down the price Boeing can obtain, and that may be maladaptive, depending on the surviving margin.
But it's considered perfectly fine to sell 10 billion dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia?
No. This is the one area my economist friends chide me on, even my bicycles are made in the USA. I feel like we are in this together and when possible we support each other.
If they make the best products, yes.
Well, what if Oregon weren't part of America? Would it suddenly be bad to trade with them? If Ottawa were part of America, would it be good to trade with them? I just don't really see the difference.
What's with the Os?
Living in Oregon, I can tell you honestly...it almost isn't part of the US.
That's all good. Mississippi isn't part of the US at all.
Yes, it is. The two situations are not comparable. Anyway, this time around the Saudis are buying Euro fighters, not US fighters, probably because the US refuses to sell the full capabilities of even its second tier fighters to to countries like Saudi Arabia. The F-15s owned by Saudi Arabia, for example, are missing the most advanced radar, etc. Besides, Paulitics, Saudi Arabia manufactures no aircraft, while the US does make anything made by EADS and more.
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