I wonder what “we support our troops” means at Boeing?
As Written By LTC Allen B. West for Family Security Matters:
Let me be clear, I’m all for the free market and free enterprise as the means by which we defeat poverty. When we build and manufacture, we get Americans to work. I also support trade – yes, free trade – but I don’t care much for trade policies that aren’t fair and hurt American consumers and workers. I abhor crony capitalism and government venture capitalism. The federal government should NEVER use public taxpayer funds to skew the market or the private sector. The federal government should NEVER be in the business of selecting winners and losers in the free market economy – but sadly that’s exactly what’s happened.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “Aerospace giant Boeing lobbied hard for the nuclear deal that lifted sanctions on Iran, but the Iranian regime announced on Thursday that it would spend billions to buy aircraft from French competitor Airbus.
Boeing spent millions of dollars since late last year on a lobbying operation that pushed for Iranian sanctions relief. It expected to be a major beneficiary of the lifting of sanctions on Iran’s aviation sector, despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns that that sector supports Tehran’s international terrorist proxies.
The company cited visa trouble, though some speculated that the State Department had discouraged Boeing from attending to avoid the appearance that U.S. companies that supported the Iran deal were profiting from its implementation.
Airbus walked away from the conference with a 114-plane purchase order from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO). Iranian state-run media pegged the deal at $50 billion. Other observers estimated it was worth about $27 billion.