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Dennis Rodman In the Court of Kim Jong Un

January 6th, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Self-appointed basketball envoy Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea, bringing with him a group of fellow former NBA stars to entertain North Korea’s young tyrant Kim Jong Un with an exhibition game on Kim’s birthday, this Wednesday. This is Rodman’s fourth visit to North Korea, where, having sampled some of the luxuries of young Kim’s lifestyle, Rodman has pronounced the totalitarian state to be “not that bad” and decided that Kim is his “friend for life.” It’s all part of what Rodman describes as his personal effort to “help the world.”

The real question about Rodman’s visits to North Korea is not why Rodman chooses to go there, but why the U.S. government continues to allow it. Rodman may believe he’s just going to hang with his buddy Kim, and make the world a better place. But it is quite likely that to Kim and his circle of the North Korean elite (at least those he has not yet ordered to be executed), Rodman’s visits look like a gift of tribute from America. There is precedent for this. Recall the basketball signed by former NBA star Michael Jordan, which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright brought with her to Pyongyang in 2000 as a gift to Kim Jong Un’s late father, Kim Jong Il — also a basketball enthusiast. Albright was hoping to get a deal putting an end to North Korea’s missile habit. She got no deal. But Kim Jong Il did get the signed basketball, which North Korea’s government keeps on prominent display in its Hall of Trophies.

As for Rodman’s place in young Kim Jong Un’s collection of prizes, there is perhaps some insight to be gleaned from a report last year by North Korea’s state mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency. The occasion was Rodman’s first visit to North Korea, in late February, 2013 — a busy month for Kim, whose regime about two weeks earlier had conducted North Korea’s third nuclear test. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang with three Harlem Globetrotters. Mixing it up with North Korean basketball players, as the New York Daily News recounts,he treated Kim to an exhibition game — later praising Kim as an “awesome guy” and Kim’s tyrannical father and grandfather as “great leaders.”

As KCNA described the game, the stadium was packed not only with sports fans, but with “foreign diplomatic envoys, representatives of international bodies, military attaches and other foreign guests here with their families.” With a cast like that — note the specificity, that military attaches were among the honored guests — it wasn’t just the basketball game that was on display to these dignitaries. It was Kim himself, holding court, with the entertainment provided by the visiting Americans. As KCNA told it, both the players and the audience broke into “thunderous applause” — not over the game itself, but because they were “greatly excited to see the game together with Kim Jong Un.” Rodman’s role in this performance included going to “bow to Kim Jong Un” who then in lordly fashion let Rodman sit beside him.

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To the left Rodman is cool and hip and share clothes with Lady Gaga. He represents Hollywood basketball that Michael Jordan wouldn't.
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In the land of treason, Snowden is argued to be a hero, Bradley Manning escapes the ultimate penalty and maximal prosecution, the NY Times keeps a Duranty trophy and gives away state secrets.

In the land of treason, those who violate the Logan Act become Secretary of State...or President.

In the land of treason, every leftist is a country unto himself and can make or break laws at his whim.

In the land of treason, trying to destroy an ally because it is a free market, Constitutional democracy based on the Bible...is open season and always in season and you don't need a license.

In the land of treason, our own borders are treated with abject disdain by leftists who wish to destroy the mechanisms by which we could secure them.

In the land of treason...Dennis Rodman and his fellow travelers...picked a country that would most jab a thumb in the eye of patriots who oppose treason. Kerry first chose North Viet Nam and today, Iran.

Jarrett chooses Iran.

Anita Dunn, Tom Friedman and Carl Davidson choose China.

Martin Sheen chooses Cuba.

Sean Penn chooses Venezuela.

Obama chooses Russia and Turkey.

The Che posters were not a college kid's fad in the campaigns. They were a sign of things to come.

Rodman isn't just playing basketball. He's doing what his career highlight reel shows so often. He's committing a personal foul. And our leaders aren't stopping him...they are his examples.
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This is so strange...is there *any* possibility that in 20 years we're going to find out that he was some kind of CIA spy hiding in plain sight? More realistically, given the complete weirdness of North Korea, maybe someone at State thinks it's useful to have a personal back channel to baby fruit loop...
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Neither our intelligence agencies or Denise Rodman is capable of anything that sophisticated.
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The question is not why the US government lets Rodman go to North Korea. He has a valid passport, and he bought a ticket. Bye-bye Dennis.

The question is why they let him back in.
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Re:
"The real question about Rodman’s visits to North Korea is not why Rodman chooses to go there, but why the U.S. government continues to allow it."

It allowed solely because Rodman is a Black, taking Blacks with him as athletic trophies of a sort.

That's the main point of this "administration".....and the Jesse Jacksons.

The tragedy unbeknownst to Rodman et al is that they are being used as entertainment, as curiosities.

All of the Kims in Korea couldn't care less for Rodman as a man, he's a diversion provided by the #1 Kim.
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Rodman goes to North Korea and tells the World that North Korea ain't so bad after all and Kim is just a misunderstood Teddy Bear. The anti-American Left can therefore say to everybody "look, Communism ain't so bad after all".
The entire World can see that Communism ain't so bad after all.
That's why Rodman is allowed to go. Obama can say to the American people, "look, Communism ain't so bad after all. If we did it, but with an American touch, just think how great it could be."
Of course, their plans will be scuppered when Rodman outlives his usefulness to Kim, gets arrested for spying and is thrown into a North Korean jail.
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The key difference between rodman and obama is that rodman is much less dangerous.
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Who is the government to decide where anyone can go!
Is an American Berlin Wall somehow any different than the original?
How can anyone think that it's the government place to do such blatant acts of totalitarianism.
And "NO", this is not an endorsement of that buffoons actions.
Think about it.
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the major question is why does the US let him come back!!
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Are you kidding me?? The North Koreans are using Rodman as anti-American propaganda!!

The guy's a freak and sitting up there next to the 'Little Boy Who Would be a King' he shows the North Koreans a stunning visual portrayal of "... just how bad things in America are...".

The typical North Korean peasant is told horror stories of how badly Americans treat each other and that horrific and terrible things are done by Americans to each other, and would do to them if their 'Dear Leader' didn't protect them from it.

And along comes a famous guy that represents the mere 0.00001% of Americans into self-mutilation to show them that all they've heard is true, and it's even worse than they were told...

Why does he get preferential treatment to even go to North Korea by the US? It fits the Obama agenda of undermining the US at every turn and in every way. It undermines the slow shift towards sanity that every communist nation undergoes after about 40 or 50 years, since the people of North Korea can actually see the American Boogieman in the flesh...

Whether you believe Obama's father was Obama Sr. or the more plausible Frank Marshal Davis, both men had the same dream - turning America into a communist country. And that's Obama's "Dreams FROM My Father", and Rodman plays into the agendas of both Obama and Kim Jun Uhg x2 as the 'useful idiot' he is!
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I'm as confused as Claudia as how Rodmann gets away with multiple visits to the Concentration Camp Nation known as North Korea. If we had a president with cojones and who didn't pander to the blacks, the next time Rodmann takes a trip to NK we would pull his passport and leave him stranded. Then freeze his assets and leave him penniless. Have him spend a year or two in the Communist Paradise, sorting through trash bins for food or catching and eathing rats and see if he changes his opinion of NK and their tubby little dictator leader.
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