The Guardian: EU leaders lobbied White House on tanker contract
European newspapers have reported for months that Brown, Sarkozy and Merkel have lobbied Bush, writing letters and raising the issue in direct talks.TWB has witnessed how the KS and WA Congressional delegations have been panned for merely standing up for the home team. How is it that the European politicians get no criticism for their near constant lobbying for EADS? (Thanks to George H. for sending us this article.)
Initially the leaders lobbied for the contract and more recently, according to the latest reports, they have expressed concern that the Pentagon decision to reopen the tanker competition could jeopardise Airbus jobs in Europe.
"He will support the Airbus bid in any way he can," an unidentified spokesman for Brown told The Times of London last week, adding that 11,000 jobs were at stake in Britain, where the wings for the A330 are built.
According to a report in the International Herald Tribune, Tom Enders, a top EADS executive, accompanied Merkel to one meeting with Bush at the White House.
CNBC: Protectionism Not Good in Tanker Deal
Northrop Grumman CEO warned of a "political overlay" in the US defense procurement procedure, where, he said, a small number of members of Congress were merely looking out for their constituencies, particularly to keep jobs in their districts.If Gallois really wants EADS to be considered an American citizen he should demand the quick passage of Rep. Tiahrt's Tanker Recompete Act. That way his company will finally be treated like a US company. It will also be held accountable for US laws/regulations including cost accounting standards, Buy America provisions, specialty metal provisions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts, and compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation.
Both executives stressed that the aerospace industry is becoming increasingly global and that EADS should be not be viewed through protectionist lenses.
EADS should be "considered as an American citizen," Gallois said.
Our guess is that he wants all the benefits of citizenship without the responsibilities. At Tanker War Blog we believe, based on its well documented shady past alone, EADS should not even be issued a tourist visa to get into the country, much less be able to apply for citizenship. (Thanks to Bobby L. for sending us this article.)
Reuters: Airbus writes off 9-year-old Saddam plane order
Nine years after France's top plane executive shook hands in Baghdad on a $500 million deal to sell airliners to the government of Saddam Hussein, Airbus finally conceded on Thursday the deal was off.We admit that this article is not tanker news, but it was too interesting to pass up. The deal looks more like it was 19 years ago rather than 9, but maybe they kept moving it forward on their books. In the article Airbus complains that they did not get to bid on the last Iraqi plane contract. No kidding; perhaps the Iraqis remembered France opposed their liberation and was heavily involved in propping Saddam up with the oil-for-food scandal.
Airbus sales chief John Leahy ordered the deal removed from its backlog in response to an inquiry from Reuters about the long-forgotten deal at this week's Farnborough Air Show.
The deal to supply five A310 passenger jets had been on the Airbus order book since its then director Jean Pierson clinched the deal in 1989, as Iraq's skies reopened following travel curbs imposed during its eight-year war with Iran.