Where's the farce exactly? AE makes an absolute minority of its shoes in the DR in order to establish its presence and compete with JM, Cole Haan and such in the below $200 market segment. The shoes they make in the DR are clearly marked as such. Dislike some other brands (Grenson first comes to mind), they don't make most of the shoe in the DR and then import it to the US for the final assembly.
Actually, some of the uppers are made in DR for regular line shoes and then welted and finished in the US, which some people would call as just final assembly in the US. I believe that's what he's pointing to.
Either way, final QC happens in the US. Also, I have no problem nor think it's a farce since AE offshores its production in the DR and not outsource. AE owns the factories, runs it independently and treats the employees as their own. You can look up Paul's comments about this. I have no problem with it as long as they continue to use the same quality materials, construction process and AE still maintains control of production.