Expanding NAFTA

Now that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been ratified, proposals are surfacing to extend it to other Latin American countries, and eventually to the whole hemisphere.

An example is the opinion-page article ``US Agenda in Latin America Must Extend Beyond Trade,'' Dec. 23.

If the strategy for NAFTA ratification is the prototype for how an enlarged NAFTA will be sold to Congress and the American people, these ambitions will not get very far; there is no coherent domestic policy to backstop such a trade strategy.

The United States industrial policy advocated by Rep. Lee Hamilton (D) of Indiana (``Pinpoint Aid to US Industries,'' Jan. 4) has an important role to play in the US component of the Western Hemisphere prospectus. David J. Steinberg, Alexandria, Va.

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