Apparently, our diplomatic corps now doubles as Boeing’s overseas marketing department



Will writes from Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington, Virginia). You can reach him at willblogcorrespondence at gmail dot com.

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  1. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    This is not sleazy. This is their job.Report

      • Avatar Michael Drew in reply to Will says:

        To promote U.S. interests abroad? Not their job? Our major industries are very, very much among our interests. And this is not an instance of government choosing among domestic competitors in an industry – Boeing is pretty much the representation of the United States in this industry. However, even where they would make such a selection from among American firms, pushing American firms’ products internationally is basically a central task of American diplomacy. It’s just so commonplace that we barely talk about it.Report

        • Avatar Will in reply to Michael Drew says:

          Pimping a company that happens to be based in the United States isn’t the same as advancing the United States’ interests. We have trade missions, sure, but they’ve never been geared towards advancing a particular company’s agenda.Report

          • Avatar Michael Drew in reply to Will says:

            In some cases it isn’t, but in other cases it is. In the case of this industry, where there are basically two players world-wide and one happens to be American, pimping it does happen to be in the national interest.Report

        • Avatar Scott in reply to Michael Drew says:

          I agree and wish I had written this. It is sad to see Mr. Carney waste his time and pathetic for Will to call this “sleazy.”Report

  2. Avatar Scott says:

    Good, I hope we screw the Europeans and Airbus every way we can.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Isn’t ‘Boeing’ the sound that airplane parts make when they hit the ground?Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Why, since this stuff goes back years, does the article say “Obama” 12 times?Report

  5. That’s how imperialism works.Report