Commentary: Getting A Grip On Trade SanctionsPaul Magnusson
Finally, Capitol Hill may be ready to admit that trade sanctions--like Halloween candy and the noontime sun--can be too much of a good thing. A bill wending its way through Congress would impose new discipline on the growing use of trade embargoes to pursue feel-good policy goals, like pressuring China to allow freer religious worship. Even better, the measure would focus federal sanctions on more legitimate purposes, such as fighting weapons proliferation, terrorism, and environmental degradation.
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