A lot of crab on this tread. The fact is that while the US needs the Airbus Consortium badly, then Europe needs Boeing just as much.
Just try to think the unthinkable, that Boeing (or Airbus) was in the same situation as Microsoft - no real copetitor to push developments and productivity. And a sales department with no other task than defining what price the market can pay without stalling.
The result would be - like Microsoft - poor quality products delivered with a profit rate which created a money tank the size of a 747 fuel tank.
That principle has been tested, that's how airliners were produced in the former Soviet Union. If you rush you may still have a ride on such a product.
On the other hand, imagine how much better this world would have been if we had supported IBM (OS/2), Netscape and Microsoft equally. Microsoft delivered us the smartest "beta-versions", and then we were told that the next diskette would contain the final fix which ended all our troubles. And we soon carried around a hundred and fifty diskettes with fixes and service packs. The only difference today is that we download the fixes from the net. Larger computers with equally complex non-Microsoft software - including Airbus and Boeing flight control computers - run for years without even being shut down.
Boeing initially got a kick start in the jet airliner business by delivering 2500 B-47, B-52 and KC-135 bombers and tankers. Nothing wrong with that, in fact it may very well have been the beginning of the end of the cold war. The B707-100 was little more than a KC-135 with windows. Even the B747 was sort of spin off from the USAF competition for a large transport, which in the end was won by Lockheed with the C-5A Galaxy. Boeing had a design contract with the USAF for their proposal for the large transport competition.
In Europe it's almost the same situation today, just the other way around. The Airbus M400 proposal (former named FLA or Future Large Aircraft) will compete against the Boeing C-17 when European air forces will need transport replacements. The M400 will of course carry a lot of spin off from existing civil Airbus types.
Airbus was started differently.
But wasn't it Airbus who killed Boeing's old competitor MDD? No way. Douglas and later MDD was never a serious competitor, it was never more than a minor player in the market. Reason: Bad leadership. MDD did not make any developments during their last 30 years. They only changed a little on their existing products when they were forced to do so, new engines and new instruments in the front office and such. They were never allowed to create a complete product line. When there was a profit, then the shareholders milked it dry. And when there was no profit, then they cried "stock market crash" instead of helping to fill the gaps. MDD were never allowed to maintain their position in the market. Bad leadership. Douglas/MDD was deemed 30 years ago when then ended real, new developments with the DC-10. It's a miracle that it took that long, but finally the decrease in military contracts tipped the scale. Nothing special, hundreds of large and equally successful US companies in all businesses have failed for the same reason. European companies too.
No company in the world can finance development of a hightech main product from own pocket money when the product life is in the 40 years range and development cost must be salvaged over a considerable part of that time. How the money is found, if its an ordinary loan in a bank or something else, is not interesting. The main thing is that it pays back to the money lenders. Otherwise it's a failure. But all banks experience such failures every year. The game is to minimise the risk for failures.
Let's just all be happy that we have both Boeing and Airbus. If one of them should fail, then we have a Microsoft situation. We cannot allow airliners of "Microsoft quality" because nobody can lift a failed airliner from the ocean floor by pressing the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys.
PS: I once saw a picture of Bill Gates' personal aircraft. It carried a dialogue box telling "This aircraft has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down - OK".
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs