The politics of self-interest

It was inevitable that the decision to award the tanker contract to the EADS-Northrop Grumman consortium would cause outrage in the US: see the report in this morning’s FT, US outrage after EADS wins tanker contract. For a considered view (and in anticipation of the decision: the article appeared in the print edition at the end of January) the Economist’s This time it’s war cannot be bettered. What is just as interesting is how this will play out in the US presidential election. So far quiet, but not, I bet, for long (if only because it was a congressional investigation led by John McCain that stopped Boeing last time).

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