The Air Force said it already has enough Boeing C-17s. The Pentagon said it didn't want anymore C-17s. (These are not entities known for their fiscal restraint, mind you.) So what did Congress do? Give them some more C-17s! Thus, the military/industrial complex becomes the military/industrial foie gras (on a bald eagle, of course).
How you like them transport planes, birdie?
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense penciled in an order for 10 of the big jets (cost: $2.5 billion). Meanwhile, the House has already signed off on an appropriations bill for 3 of them. (Remember that earlier this week, Boeing won a WTO case in which the court ruled that the Lazy B's chief competitor, Airbus, is illegally subsidized by European governments.)
So you'll take your Vitamin C-17, America, whether you like it or not.