Thomas Friedman advocates FTAs he doesn’t understand?

This Thomas Friedman clip is saddening.

During a CNBC interview with Tim Russert in late July, the acclaimed savant made a notable confession: “We got this free market, and I admit, I was speaking out in Minnesota – my hometown, in fact – and guy stood up in the audience, said, ‘Mr. Friedman, is there any free trade agreement you’d oppose?’ I said, ‘No, absolutely not.’ I said, ‘You know what, sir? I wrote a column supporting the CAFTA, the Caribbean Free Trade initiative. I didn’t even know what was in it. I just knew two words: free trade.'”

Jagdish Bhagwati: “Of course, those who are used to sound bites and cannot think of more than two words at the same time will read ‘free trade areas’ as ‘free trade.'” (Free Trade Today)