• Feb 2, 2007

The French military may not be fighting in Iraq, but their tires are: Michelin just landed an exclusive $1.7 billion contract with the US Department of Defense to supply the American military behemoth with tires. For the next ten years (at least), every vehicle in the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps deployed around the world will be shod in Michelin rubber.

This isn't the first Pentagon contract Michelin has won, either. The French tire company previously won a contract worth $700 million to supply the tires for all US warplanes. In order to meet the enormous supply demands of the US military, Michelin has invested a reported $16 million. For the sake of our brave boys and girls serving overseas, let's hope the French tires don't throw up their arms and surrender at the first time of trouble. (No whitewalls, please.)

[Source: F1i.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why should they follow some morons conquering countries for oil? Oh, yes, sure, the WMD thing... I forgot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Why would they have wanted to waste their time and lives on the future generation of woosy ass complainers that rather: If you can't beat them, join them?"

      Sorry that sentence got copied and pasted weirdly (I must have hit a key sequence) in the wrong paragraph above where it should have been.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with Colin Smith, especially his last sentence!
      DriftPunch
      • 7 Years Ago
      The American Military doesn't lose wars, the inept left wing of American politics does everything possible to politically withdraw from conflict it sees as 'icky'. If we went into Darfur (something the left currently wants), you know quite well that it wouldn't be long before they'd change their tune and cry that we are abusing the populace, and that we have imperialist goals. Just drop bundles of money and go way eh?

      "War for oil"? It's always amazing how those who use that slogan see 'oil' as such a one sided thing like these countries are perfect utopias that the big bad US is targeting to slurp up the black stuff. It's oil that is propping up these douchbag Dictatorships, Monarchies, and Monarchies (and with the advent of Hugo & pals, Communists). Oil producing regions and countries are always all about the oil. Therefore if a war is fought there, it is typically 'all about the oil'.

      Back on topic, the contract should have been awarded to an American company, and if a capability was needed not present in their factories, it should have been developed.

      Only in America is being proud of your country and wishing it to succeed is considered a negative.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those people in Guantanamo are much better off there than if they were in an Egyptian, Saudi etc. prison. They get religiously sensitive meals, medical care, Korans and a arrow painted on the floor so they can face Mecca when they pray. I've talked to soldiers stationed there and they've told me no matter how benign they look on the newscasts they would slit your throat if given a chance.

      Could you imagine a westerner if the situation were reversed getting a Bible to read? Me niether.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Huh? How are we undemocratic."
      Spy on peoples (Americans!) phone calls and emails without needing a judicial decree. Every American who say something against war is a traitor. Need more? Guantanamo. If you want to know how real (=direct) democracy works, visit my country - Switzerland.

      About the UN. That's right, but the war began without an UN mandate. So it was illegal. Sanctions and weapon inspection yes, war no. I don't know why Americans think that war is the only solution. Maybe it's a history related thing, I don't know.

      If you are older then 18, please think back to this age. Do you think you were able to decide from right or wrong, be sent to a country far away and get killed? Me not, and if you aren't an ignorant, you will say the same. They are puppets in a global bad game.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah this one definitely left me scratching my head. None of the American tire manufacturers could hack it? I find that hard to believe, I definitely would have preferred an American company, (or an American company in the lead in an alliance with a foreign one) rather than giving a French company sole-source.

      Granted, this is not a comment on Michelin tires themselves, I've had a good experience with them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would have preferred to see Goodyear win this too, but keep in mind that Michelin employs over 23,000 people in North America and I doubt many of them will complain about new business.

      Oh yeah, almost forgot: Silentbob, if you know as much about cars as you do the world economy and oil markets, you are obviously in the wrong place. You will dismiss me as a neocon warmonger (and I am neither), but surely you understand that A) our soldiers in Iraq aren't stationed at the oil fields- we could have invaded 5% of Iraq and controlled the oil fields, while staying completely out of Baghdad, Falluja, etc.; and B) it would have certainly been easier to invade Canada, Mexico, or Venezuela, all of which provide more oil to the U.S. than Iraq.
      • 7 Years Ago
      joeschmoe: Finally...some reality based comments.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "No wonder your boys don't surrender if you send boys down there who couldn't even write their mothers' names."

      Can anybody translate into English what the hell this foreigner just said? My only interpretation is that our troops are incapable of surrendering because they can't write or they can write but they can't remember how to spell their mom's names (uh, is that married or maiden name?). Gee, wouldn't they just call them "Mom"???

      #1 Please go to www.I'm-a-pussie-who-hates-the-military.com - you will feel right at home there.

      #2 Please go to www.I'm-an-ungrateful-(probably-European)-foreigner-who-hates-the-USA.com - you will feel wanted and loved. Now piss off!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I'll try to comment on the tire situation...

      Can anyone help me understand why Goodyear didn't win this contract? It sure would have been nice to see it go to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh, and silentboob, you should stay silent if you have no idea what you are talking about. This is a blog about cars, not mindless country bashing.
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