In an appeal to the President, citing patriotism, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, a unit of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp., dumped its foreign contractors, including companies from Taiwan and Japan, arguing that only an all-American team could ensure the safety of the President.
Ignoring for the moment, who this helicopter will be flying or who really is purchasing the vehicles (apparently America owns a new 23-piece helicopter fleet, I call shotgun), the rhetoric and dealings reminded me of a dialogue exchange in The Aviator. Just as many utilities are insulated and subsidized from competition, Senator Brewster explains to Howard Hughes how it would be in the best interest of America to have only one trans-Atlantic carrier, Pan Am — and that “ruinous competition” from the likes of Hughes’s TWA is not an option:
Howard Hughes: You want to go to war with me?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: It’s not me, Howard. It’s the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?