I was impressed by Donald Wood’s compelling argument regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“Reserve judgement on TPP,” Oct. 23), but I’d like to point out another factor to be considered: uncertainty, in particular over water. Abuse, depletion, flood and conflict over water disrupts lives and threatens the sustainability of agriculture the world over. Meanwhile, the United States swings between unilateralism and cooperation, and between free trade and protectionism.
It is utter folly to enter an agreement that would bind the nation’s future amid this overwhelming uncertainty. The most important task of statesmen is not to pursue short-term economic growth, but to ensure the long-term stability of people’s lives.
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