Back to the Future?
"Oh ... BTW, the USAF/Airbus deal went through BECAUSE of our equal opportunity capitalism, not in spite of it."
Actually, no. The deal went through because Airbus have a product already in testing by the German Air Force whereas the Boeing offering was a Pie-in-the-Sky derivative of an Australian contract. Airbus were able to demonstrate their capabilities whereas Boeing could only make promises as to what thier bird would be able to do (and how long ago did they have that lovely shiny "SST" model at Farnborough International Airshow? 'Only a few years away from first flight', I think they said?).
The deal went thorough because the US Air Force looked at the two Proposals and went with the lowest-risk, most flexible airframe. So much of both aircraft are made in and out of America that there isn't really much difference to the work generated for US companies, which appears to have been Boeing's main arguement against the decision.
(And just for reference, I am not a fan of Airbus, I actually prefer Boeings!)
"Yes, the F22 is better value for money and proven"...
Um, no. They made a great song and dance about the F22 being the first aircraft developed purely by Computers but then found they should have used the good old "Iron Bird" stress test rigs - the ones where they build an airframe and strap it to a whole load of cables and pull it every which way - as the main fuselage keel beam isn't strong enough for pulling high gee when cornering...
And so far, nobody except the US Air Force has even been allowed to wargame against the F22 - they took off, "fought", and landed before any other nation's participants were allowed in the air. Publicity shots of missiles intercepting drones do not "prove" much at all.
"...the F35 which is a joint US/UK project (10% contribution from the UK)..."
Actually, it's considerably more than 10% from the UK, when you take into account the money we're spending and the tech (both hardware and know-how) from British companies. If the US *did* stop doing any business with BAe, they'd lose a heck of a lot more than just aircraft and a few outdated APCs. BAe now own (what used to be) several large American avionics companies, plus a fair few other businesses that are vital to producing the parts for aircraft.
If the US did a total embargo on BAe, it would hurt the Americans a lot more than Al Yamamah
I hope this can be settled amicably as it's so much better when the British and US governments play nice together - there is a lot more in common between us than between most other nations, but sometimes the Americans need to be reminded they do not rule the world even though they are the only real Superpower at the moment, and the British (and Welsh and Scots) (especially the mob in Westminster) need to be reminded we can't just sit back and remember the glory days, we have to keep working ever upwwards or we *will* deserve to be kicked hard.
Mine's the one with the tracer in the pocket and the infra-red crosshairs on the back.