The Wall Street Journal made light of the fuss over EADSâ€™ contract to build the U.S. Air Forceâ€™s tanker fleet in an editorial headlined â€œPatriot Tanker Gamesâ€ and disparaged the calls â€œfor â€˜patriotismâ€™ in defense procurement.â€
The editorial also warned about the consequences to Boeing if Congress starts a trade war with the European Union over the tanker. â€œWhatâ€™s really going on is a familiar scrum for federal cash, with politicians from Washington and Kansas using nationalism as cover for their pork-barreling. Todd Tiahrt, a Kansas Republican, has even talked about a ban on companies whose home governments donâ€™t spend 2 percent of GDP on their militaries, which would include most of Europe.â€
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