The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:
If the road map to ratification of the Colombia, Panama and South Korea free trade pacts were an obstacle course, it would resemble a minefield where new devices are planted as soon as old ones are cleared. The latest blow-up involves conditions and priorities preceding a vote, which only a few weeks ago seemed a sure thing.
The dispute has absolutely nothing to do with the agreements themselves. The devil is in the politics, not in the details.