From Guy Hicks, VP of corporate communications at EADS North America:
“The Obama Administration and Department of Defense have opposed every attempt to use the ongoing WTO commercial trade dispute to derail the KC-X competition. The only beneficiary of such a noncompetitive action would be the Boeing Company. Everyone else—the warfighter, the taxpayer and 48,000 Americans who stand ready to build the KC-45—would lose.
“The warfigher would lose the right to choose the only tanker that is real and flying today; taxpayers would lose the benefits of competition; and 48,000 Americans would be robbed of the opportunity to work in support of US national security. The US warfighter, taxpayer and 48,000 Americans deserve a fair competition decided on the merits—not on politics.”
The Seattle PI has this reaction on the WTO-tanker connection from Washington Members of Congress.