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Response to cascadiance (Reply #41)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 05:37 AM

54. I think most treaties are negotiated in secret, at least on the most contentious issues.

Woodrow Wilson's "open covenants openly arrived at" never seems to have caught on with the world's diplomats. Few of his 14 points did.

AFAIK, the recent negotiations with Iran on nuclear issues was done in secret other than perhaps a few public speeches. For better or worse, it seems that countries and their negotiators are more willing to discuss and compromise on sensitive issues, if the conservations are not in public.

The real problem is the makeup of our negotiators. If they included a fair number of labor, environmental and other representatives that we felt we could trust that might be different - at least until the final product was released, when we could judge for ourselves. But that is not the case with the TPP negotiators.

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