Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boeing: Where There's Trouble . . .

I woke up this morning thinking, "There was something I was supposed to write about . . . something about another Boeing military plane in the news . . . did I dream it?"

And then I remembered: there has been an incident off the coast of China. The U.S. alleges that a Chinese fighter jet threatened a U.S. plane. Well, to be accurate, a U.S. spy plane.

And it wasn't until I was drifting off to sleep last night that it struck me: that's a Boeing plane!

"A P-8A Poseidon flying alongside a Lockheed P-3 Orion, close to
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, 2010." (Wikipedia)

The U.S. says this occurred in international waters. This incident brought back to mind the case of the U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane that was damaged in an encounter with a Chinese fighter jet back in 2001. That incident resulted in the death of a Chinese pilot, and in a the U.S. plane being held by China for several months. But the big thing that came out of that story was that we learned that the U.S. runs spy missions along the coast of China day in, day out, edging back and forth over the borders of China.

It made a lot of people ask what the hell the U.S. is doing provoking China where they live.

The new incident involves a P-8 Poseidon, not a P-3 Orion. The maker of the P-8? Chicago-based Boeing Corporation.

And, echoing the earlier story, the Chinese account of this encounter emphasizes "large-scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance by the U.S. against China"?

Why is it that every time there's trouble, Boeing is in the middle of it?

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