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Someone in the Oval Office is betraying Panama’s trade aspirations, says Aronson

Friday, January 14, 2011

The appointment of Bill Daley, who led the Clinton administration's successful campaign to ratify Nafta, puts an unabashed advocate of free trade with Latin America in the position of White House chief of staff. Unfortunately, it is not clear that the Obama administration also has one in the Oval Office.
As the Obama team gears up for reelection, it doesn't want to again poke important parts of its base in the eye, this time by ratifying free-trade pacts with Colombia and Panama, writes Bernard Aronson, US assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs from 1989 to 1993..
Original source: Washington Post