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Thread: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Ooh, Lordy, I'd hate to know that the fate of the free world rested in the hands of Dennis Rodman.
    Maybe Jong-Un is just using him to replace high-up light bulbs in the palace or something.

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Like most foreign anti-American types I've encountered, Kim Jong Un is an American culture groupie. When he was growing up, he fell in love with America's favorite basketball team at the time, the Chicago Bulls. Fate had it that Rodman's post NBA career with the Harlem Globetrotters took him to North Korea on a goodwill mission. Kim, being a huge Chicago Bulls fan was overwhelmed by Rodman in his country and treated him like a king probably with a harem of gorgeous Asian women to fulfill his even whim. Rodman being completely oblivious to international geo-politics probably had no idea of the short but troubling career of his new dictator buddy and when he hears of tensions between the US and NK he doesn't get it and wishes Obama would simply reach out to Kim on a personal level since after all, they're both "cool." Obama doesn't and instead plays hardline diplomacy with a nuclear armed tyrant who threatens us and our allies and Rodman thinks he's being a jerk.

    As time goes on Rodman becomes more aware of Kim's behavior and asks him as a friend to "do me a solid" and release recently arrested America missionary Kenneth Bae via twitter. At this point I think Rodman realizes more the kind of person Kim is but since he's been so kind to him personally thinks he can be won over if the President will only initiate an American friendship. Rodman might also think, possibly correctly to some extent, Kim is being controlled by the military generals he inherited from his father's regime and might be in a situation where's he's being forced to chest beat but if we reach out to Kim now once the older military mentors die off, we could have a better relationship with NK...maybe.
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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Like most foreign anti-American types I've encountered, Kim Jong Un is an American culture groupie. When he was growing up, he fell in love with America's favorite basketball team at the time, the Chicago Bulls. Fate had it that Rodman's post NBA career with the Harlem Globetrotters took him to North Korea on a goodwill mission. Kim, being a huge Chicago Bulls fan was overwhelmed by Rodman in his country and treated him like a king probably with a harem of gorgeous Asian women to fulfill his even whim. Rodman being completely oblivious to international geo-politics probably had no idea of the short but troubling career of his new dictator buddy and when he hears of tensions between the US and NK he doesn't get it and wishes Obama would simply reach out to Kim on a personal level since after all, they're both "cool." Obama doesn't and instead plays hardline diplomacy with a nuclear armed tyrant who threatens us and our allies and Rodman thinks he's being a jerk.

    As time goes on Rodman becomes more aware of Kim's behavior and asks him as a friend to "do me a solid" and release recently arrested America missionary Kenneth Bae via twitter. At this point I think Rodman realizes more the kind of person Kim is but since he's been so kind to him personally thinks he can be won over if the President will only initiate an American friendship. Rodman might also think, possibly correctly to some extent, Kim is being controlled by the military generals he inherited from his father's regime and might be in a situation where's he's being forced to chest beat but if we reach out to Kim now once the older military mentors die off, we could have a better relationship with NK...maybe.
    I hope Rodman knows he's playing with fire. One misstep in NK and you're in prison camp, and Rodman seems particularly vulnerable to political missteps.

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    What exactly do you think is going on here?
    I think that "He's an idiot attention whore" should have been an option here.

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    I almost feel sorry for Rodman, actually.
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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Well, Rodman apparently called both Obama and Hillary Clinton assholes, so the man has a good bull**** detector at least. And if he's just visiting North Korea to help train their Olympic basketball program, no big deal. May actually be a good way to help to at least start to soften the North Korean stance toward the west - Bill Richardson's self-promotion vis-a-vis North Korea isn't any better, in my view.
    Couldn't you view his statement about Obama and Clinton as an example of his naivety about North Korea?
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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    I hope Rodman knows he's playing with fire. One misstep in NK and you're in prison camp, and Rodman seems particularly vulnerable to political missteps.
    Agreed. I was actually worried about that happening this last trip.
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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I think that "He's an idiot attention whore" should have been an option here.
    I think you could add that to the end of each of the choices in your own mind if that's helpful

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Ooh, Lordy, I'd hate to know that the fate of the free world rested in the hands of Dennis Rodman.
    No, the fate of the world is in the hands of Obama. Which one will be more useful...

    a) developing the seeds of change in NK
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    b) bombing Syria

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    Re: Dennis Rodman: International man of Mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    I think you could add that to the end of each of the choices in your own mind if that's helpful
    I don't want to add it to my choice. That is my choice.

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