Boeing gets the tanker contract. I smell a rat. A crooked rat. Even Boeing thought it was going to lose. EADS under-bid it, and its plane was bigger and could do more. But Boeing is headquartered in Obama's Chicagoland, and Defense Secretary Gates will retire to his Seattle-area home -- Seattle being the main historic base of Boeing and still the site of the largest portion of its jobs, including the jobs for the tanker project. It's all so very convenient...... as it was convenient for Boeing to get the first contract after a major kickback scheme, as it was convenient for Gates to throw out the legit award to EADS and re-open the competition even after the Air Force corrected for the eight small procedural errors identified by GAO in an otherwise perfectly fair process. The rat is big and hairy, and it smells like the sewer from which it crawled.
I repeat what I wrote here something like four full years ago: The contract should have been split up. Conservatives believe in competition. Without the ongoing competition caused by a split contract, I guarantee you that Boeing will have major cost overruns, major technical problems like those that plagued its pathetically ineffective elecronic border fence, and maybe even some safety problems down the line. Just watch.