Business as usual
The United States has only ever participated in world treaties when it benefited them. Anything decided outside of US territory that does not fall in agreement with the White House will be ignored, even if it is necessary and good (i.e. Kyoto treaty on carbon emission reduction).
Thus, not thinking about putting US law in compliance with an international organisation is obviously the only acceptable outcome - it's the American Way, literally, and no other.
The automotive industry of America fought for decades against making engines more efficient. The excuse was that it would hurt employment. The result ? Today the number one car dealer in America is no longer American. How's that for hurting employment ? How's that for short-sightedness ?
I believe the proper term is arrogance. And Waldrop seems to possess that in abundance.