From Today's New York Times
JUNE 17, 2008
To the Editor: Re “ South Koreans Assail U.S. This is a delicate issue that needs to be handled with sensitivity by leaders in Seoul and Washington, so that the question of beef does not derail the important free-trade agreement with South Korea being considered by Congress. South Korea is a tremendous ally of the United States. Without our strong alliance with South Korea, our influence in Asia would be vastly diminished.