Analysts who criticized Obama’s trade policies as protectionist and silly were themselves attacked for taking mere campaign rhetoric too seriously. Jagdish Bhagwati in the FT offered five reasons to be reassured about Obama’s trade credentials. But it’s impossible to be sanguine about the remarks in this speech to the AFL-CIO in Pennsylvania. If he means them we should be worried by his bizarre, conspiratorial view of United States trade policies. If he says these things but doesn’t believe them then we can be no less worried (about the credibility of his platform).
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