Korean Government in Turmoil Over U.S. Beef

June 10, 2008

Right now, the greatest political controversy in South Korea concerns the resumption of imports of US beef. There’s widespread fear among Koreans that the American stuff carries mad cow disease. Yesterday, the Prime Minister and the cabinet offered to step down in hopes such a gesture would resolve the public outcry. Not likely. Tens of thousands of Koreans have poured into the streets.

This much seems indisputable: in the United States, ranchers are such a powerful special interest that they’ve been able to force Washington to bully Korea’s government into accepting U.S. beef, despite the wishes of Korea’s citizens. The entire country, a key US ally, has now been politically destabilized as a result of the political clout of American ranchers.

Nice going, guys. Link.

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