The Wall Street Journal sums it up succinctly: “Someone should tell these folks that if you want to have exports, you also have to have imports.” …

Yes, the apparel those athletes have marched in is made in China. And, the Lauren company has committed to making 2014 team uniforms in the United States. (Read their statement here.) But politics aside, Lauren doesn’t need to back down. It’s a $6.9 billion company, which earned $691 million last year, for a 24 percent increase per diluted share, and it has paid millions of dollars in American taxes.

Lauren owns 379 stores, and a slew of concessions shops, licensed shops as well as Club Monaco outlets around the world. What if every single one of its markets decided Lauren had to manufacture there? The company would have to pull up stakes immediately, and there would go its global empire. The ramifications would be felt in every American shopping mall, department store and on Madison Avenue.