Laramie, Wy – During a visit to the University of Wyoming, former secretary of state James Baker says he disagreed with former President Jimmy Carter's decision to negotiate with Hammas this week.
Baker says he has great respect for the former president, but that it's unhelpful for Carter to try to get the Palestinian group to deal peacefully with Israel. I do not think the way to do it is for an ex-president of the United States to go over there and do it face to face without any authority and without any even tacit approval from the current President of the United States. Baker was interviewed at U-W by his long-time friend former U-S Senator Al Simpson. Baker also talked about free trade, saying that it's critical to the country's economy but there's no longer a strong consensus behind it.
"You've got these commentators restore the concensus for free trade."