Kevin Drum is all over Donald Rumsfeld in this post about a Penatgon contract that appears to be a sweetheart deal with Boeing:
In other words, nothing they don’t already know. Considering that there’s both a serious scandal and a serious question of malfeasance on the part of the Air Force involved in this deal, Congress has every right to want to investigate. A “rare” congressional subpoena might be the next step. Stay tuned.
Does our intrepid ‘moderate’ leave out any details that might interest his readers? There might be this:
At issue is a proposal by the Air Force to lease more than 100 Boeing 767’s to use as midair refueling tankers. They would replace an aerial tanker fleet that is several decades old. The arrangement is unusual, because the Pentagon rarely leases major equipment, rather than buying it, particularly when it has a large price tag even by Pentagon standards.
The deal would help Boeing keep its 767 production line alive in the face of declining commercial orders.
As a result, the proposal has strong support from the Washington State delegation, as well as from House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois, where Boeing’s headquarters are located. In addition, Boeing has hired the lobbyist Linda Daschle, the wife of the Senate minority leader, Tom Daschle, a Democrat, to represent the company.
Wouldn’t want to have to say anything bad about a Democrat now, would you…