Matthew Yglesias puts his Harvard education to good use in this post:

A Humean analysis of Andy Card’s remarks regarding steel protectionism. I would suggest, however, that even if we do not accept counterfactual analyses of causation as a general matter, that the relevant issue here is the counterfactual one (which, according to taste, may or may not be equivalent to the causal question). In other words, are we to believe that if the EU and Japan had not threatened retaliatory action that Bush would have reversed course on steel?

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.