Sadly, it appears that USTR's trade epiphany was rather short-lived.
Reviewing USTR Ron Kirk's prepared remarks before the Senate Finance Committee today, Steve Lamar points out over email:
Number of times Ambassador Kirk talks about exports – 7Aaaaannnnd we're right back to 2010. I guess all it took was a little public/political scrutiny to put the new "free trader" version of USTR right back in the ol' mercantilist closet. (Shocking, I know.)
Number of times Ambassador Kirk talks about imports – 1*
*Use of the word “imports” is in this context: “In December, the WTO upheld our right to take action to stop a harmful surge of Chinese tire imports...”
On the bright side, I guess balance has been restored in the trade universe (or something).