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‘What Were They Thinking?’ – Season 27, Episode 80

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Even a quark of good judgment could have spared the United States the international embarrassments it has just suffered in Colombia and Afghanistan.

You’d think that a large squad of Secret Service agents securing areas in Colombia would know enough not to bring a flock of floozies to their hotel rooms for drunken revels shortly before the president comes to town.

You’d think that any U.S. soldier – after all the trouble digital snapshots have caused in Iraq and Afghanistan – would know enough not to take pictures of his buddies horsing

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Trade agreements would be good for both Washingtons

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Free-trade pacts with Korea, Colombia and Panama – a hot topic in the other Washington – could heat up business in this Washington if they’re passed.

In fact, this state stands to be one of the biggest winners if Congress approves the long-delayed pacts in the next few weeks. The Korean pact alone could generate $10 billion in increased exports and tens of thousands of jobs.

Being the most trade-dependent state, Washington stands to be a huge beneficiary of increased shipping through the ports of Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and other entry points if tariffs are eliminated or phased out on beef, cherries, apples, other agricultural items and manufactured goods. More goods being loaded onto ships headed toward Korea means more jobs and bigger payrolls.
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