Friday, May 16, 2008

Airbus North America CEO Joins Tanker Fur Ball

Unlike his counterpart, Ralph Crosby, the CEO of EADS North America; Allan McArtor, the CEO of Airbus North America, doesn't seem to know when to keep his mouth shut.

In today's Wichita Eagle, McArtor attacks Congressman Tiahrt for supporting Boeing's right to protest the tanker contract and for other perceived slights:

"I would like to see, quite frankly, a little more respect from Congressman Tiahrt on the continued commitment of Airbus to Wichita," Airbus America chairman Allan McArtor said. "I'm troubled by some examples of what I call a callous dismissal."

...[McArtor also stated] that Tiahrt has "gone beyond a chance of misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the Air Force selection process" and is engaging in an "intentional misinformation campaign."

"I find that detestable," he said..."They simply cannot accept the fact that they lost the competition."

In defense of Congressman Tiahrt, he has rightfully pointed out there is no guarantee the promised tanker work will be done in this country.

Tiahrt has also correctly pointed out that:

1) The first five tankers will be built in Toulouse, France
2)EADS also won a light-utility helicopter contract for the U.S. Army. The fuselage and firewall were to be built in Kansas, but the work stayed in France.

We have always stated that the tanker controversy was really about Airbus and Boeing and we are glad to see the CEO of Airbus North America join the tanker fur ball so foolishly late.

Mr. McArtor should remember the more he attacks elected members of Congress for fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations...[and ] To raise and support Armies [or in this case support an Air Force] -U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 8

[and to ensure]No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law -U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9

the more he looks like a puppet of a foreign government who has no understand of how our government, for, by, and of the people functions.

Considering that Airbus has been accused of being a puppet of the French government and Airbus North America is a puppet of its parent Airbus, we understand how he can make this mistake.

To avoid embarrassing himself further though, we would suggest Mr. McArtor read our post for all newbies entering this already mature engagement.

But regardless, we at TWB are glad to have him join the fray. His presence proves our point that the heart of the tanker controversy is Boeing and U.S. aerospace workers vs. Airbus and its unfair trade practices.


Anonymous said...

he has no clue but money talks and i am shure N.G. has filled his pockets or airbus has

Anonymous said...

you really are a boeing stuge

Tanker War Blog said...

Dear Anonymous from LA,

We think you mean stooge. But, actually the only time we talked to Boeing public affairs they were not that helpful. In fact we think they were uncomfortable with many of our posts. Too bad for them, what we post is our decision. While we are a mix of Boeing supporters and EADS critics, the TWB team alone decides what we write about. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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