Pretty much a no brainer Detroit was built on the auto industry, and one example how a town can become totally dependent on a single industry to live or die. One can only imagine if this happened to all our great cities, coast to coast. New Orleans was ruined by one hurricane. Hurricane Sandy wiped out much of the east coast. Doesn't take much to turn what was thriving into a blight that can not be fixed. When one industry thrives, it spurs building until they are overbuilt, and when the industry dies, the city get empty, forclosures, and abandonment is hard to hide. The old west had its share of ghost towns, but we do not have many modern ghost towns, nor places as big as Detroit headed that way. Many move out while they can, while others just get stuck and can not get out. Sad situation to watch.
I'm really hoping that as much as you dislike Boeing, you really know their importance to Seattle, what it would be like if they went totally out.
If we decide to not bail out Detroit, we better be cutting off every dime of foreign aid to everyone first. If we will not bail ourselves out, we have no business doing it for anyone else, in any way, shape, or form, military or humanitarian.