Stalling the Colombia FTA: A Major Blow to U.S. Public Diplomacy

Following the statement on the House of Representatives’ vote to change trade promotion authority rules, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said, “It also sends an unwelcome signal to global markets at an economically sensitive time.” In addition, our image abroad as a beacon of economic freedom and reliable partner has been tainted. The House majority leadership has argued that America’s image has been tarnished by careless foreign policy and unilateralism. They need look no further than the mirror to find the source of the latest counterproductive action.

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