No new U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement

Obama’s bringing home a lot of goodies from his lastest trip to Asia, but not a free-trade agreement with South Korea:

Issues for debate:

  1. Is this just a setback, and will an agreement be negotiated soon?

  2. Wait, why does the U.S. need this anyway?

Meh. The U.S. has 54 times as much paved roadway as South Korea. (Source: CIA World Factbook)

total: 103,029 km
paved: 80,642 km (includes 3,367 km of expressways)
unpaved: 22,387 km (2008)

United States:
total: 6,506,204 km
paved: 4,374,784 km (includes 75,238 km of expressways)
unpaved: 2,131,420 km (2008)