[QUOTE=old dog;758271]Presently we ship iron ore half way around the globe to have it refined into usable steel and shipped back. How will this example work out if we ever find ourselves in a protracted conventional war, possibly with our steel supplier? It takes a few months to shut down a factory or steel mill and strip it down, years to start it back up again. There are justifications for protectionism beyond economic reasons or considerations of fairness.[/QUOTE]
EXACTLY! We ought never be dependent, or made dependent upon other countries through trade agreements, [especially not our enemies] for our weapons of defense.