Sunday, December 11, 2016

Like the Man Said, "America First", Boeing

The Shia Sell-Out
Forbes: Boeing Should Think Twice Before Iran Sale
"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last year between Iran and six world powers lifted sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector, allowing aircraft manufacturers like Boeing BA +0.71% and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. But the fact that those prohibitions have been lifted does not mean that the rationale behind them has changed.
Iran remains the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world and is still number one on the recently-released Basel Anti-Money Laundering Index Report of 2016, which assesses the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing in 149 countries. Iranian commercial aircraft routinely violate international aviation rules by transporting arms and military personnel to Syria, and selling aircraft to Iran will expose manufacturers to the risk of becoming complicit in such activities.".......

"Thanks for money, weapons and aircraft, Obama!"
This wasn't between "Iran and six world powers"--it was five powers and one tin-pot president doing an end-run around the Constitution.
Boeing is trying to sell this as a Trumpyesque American jobs deal; would we sell them ICBMs, too, if there are some jobs in it?
They also want the Ex-Im Bank to protect them while they assist the Mullahs.
Washington Examiner: "Last month, the House of Representatives voted to ban U.S. financing of airplane sales to Iran, after Republicans accused President Obama of making concessions to Iran not mandated in the agreement. The Obama administration also issued an export license allowing Airbus to sell more than 100 aircraft to Iran Air, in defiance of GOP warnings that Iran has a history of using these aircraft for military purposes.
The Treasury Department's decision to allow U.S. banks to finance the sale of Boeing aircraft to Iran, after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's initial statement that the U.S. did not have to provide such authorization under the Iran deal, was the impetus for the legislation.

The flow of international funding into Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal has been a source of controversy for more than a year.

"We now have American companies that are saying, 'You know what, let's go in and let's do business with a terrorist regime,'" Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., said last month. "How's that? Let's just go make a buck. That's the scandal of this. The scandal is there are American companies, international companies, Boeing, Airbus, that are now making their own names linked with terror forever more."".......

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