WikiLeaks Cable Dump Shows Brazilian President Is No Fan of Boeing Because It's an American Company

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According to WikiLeaks' latest data dump (and we're thrilled that it's officially been labeled a "dump") Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would love to buy 36 fighter jets from Boeing, if only Boeing wasn't an American company.

The AP reports today that Brazil has been entertaining bids from Boeing, French manufacturer Dassault and Swedish company Saab AB to deliver the high tech fighter jets. The contract is worth an estimated $4.4 billion.

"Lula," as the Brazilian prez in known to his homeboys, prefers the French company, despite the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet receiving the best rating of the three different aircraft from the country's air force and its pilots.

Secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, however, say Lula "is reluctant to buy an American aircraft," and that "Brazilian leaders continue to doubt U.S. ability to follow through."

See, Boeing? If you'd just move your company overseas, you could make sub par jets that still get sold in South America.

 
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