The e-mails from proponents of both sides are arriving in large quantities after my interviews with Larry Kudlow and Fred and Mort on the subject Friday. I welcome any additional perspectives on the national security implications of the award to Airbus.
Those who are telling me there aren’t any have to ask themselves if they would be indifferent to an award of the same contract to an Iranian consortium working with an American company. Of course there are national security implications. Proponents of the contract award to Airbus have to allay those concerns, not pretend they don’t exist. If your plane is going to refuel everything in the American arsenal, there are obvious issues, as well as the question of to whom the same technology will be sold a decade or two down the road.
Then we get to ask if France has been so great a friend to the U.S. in the war on jihadism that it gets a $35 billion dollar deal to make our planes, even if they have found a fine U.S. partner in Northrup Grumman.