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Monday, April 19, 2004
 
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Is it possible that the not-so-kosher Boeing tanker deal was actually pushed of the cliff by GOP opportunists? Maybe.

Few deny that there were some seriously stinky elements in the original lease deal between Boeing and the Air Force for 767 Airframe Tankers. It eventually forced the resignation of Boeing Chief Phil Condit.

But I began to wonder if there wasn't more to this story when I was listening to Rush Limbaugh blame Tom Daschle's wife for the deal. Daschle's wife Linda is a prominent Aerospce Lobbyist who counts Boeing among her clients. It must be noted that she ONLY lobbies in the House of Representatives.

Well, Ol' Rush was screaming that Daschle was trying to steal your and my hard earned money and line his pockets via his wife and this tanker deal.

Well, now we have allegations that much of the fodder for this smear may have come from Airbus. (Oh my God! They're French!!!) Les Blumenthal is generally a pretty reliable source for all things Boeing.

Could the GOP dirty-tricks machine really be spreading false information simply for political purposes?

Let me be clear. I do not claim to know whether we need the tankers or not. (This is a legitimate criticism raised by John McCain) But I do know, that if we do go on the market for such planes, they should be built in the US by an American company. National security matters should be kept at home as much as possible.

So why the f*** would the GOP sell out Boeing for Airbus? Thom/Linda Daschle? Campaign contributions? I really wonder what might be going on here.
 
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