Jersey Duke

Quakertown, PA

#1 Mar 4, 2013
How does this wacky, fruity, pierced, and tattooed freak get to pal around with kim jung un? Better yet, why did we let him come back?
Joe

Chalfont, PA

#2 Mar 4, 2013
Although I don't believe Rodman is an expert in geopolitics, what is remarkable is that Rodman is the only American to meet with Kim Jong-un. The State Department is miffed that episodes like this undermine efforts in trying to isolate the DPRK. But it's a mistake to brush Rodman off. Some information about the reclusive Kim Jong-un can be gleaned from his visit.
Tired

Perkasie, PA

#3 Mar 4, 2013
I think this was all planned by the State Dept. They got Rodman to go because he's the furthest thing from U.S. politics they could find. Then Rodman comes back and says the State Dept. is wrong about Kim Jong Un and they need to overhaul their assessments of him. Then Rodman turns around and says Kim told him twice to have Obama call him.

Kim's trying to pull his country out of poverty. I wouldn't doubt if we see a meeting between Kim and Obama in the next year.
Joe

Broomall, PA

#4 Mar 4, 2013
Tired wrote:
I think this was all planned by the State Dept. They got Rodman to go because he's the furthest thing from U.S. politics they could find. Then Rodman comes back and says the State Dept. is wrong about Kim Jong Un and they need to overhaul their assessments of him. Then Rodman turns around and says Kim told him twice to have Obama call him.
Kim's trying to pull his country out of poverty. I wouldn't doubt if we see a meeting between Kim and Obama in the next year.
The media is having fun with this story, but there remains an element of fascination. As was demonstrated with Rodman's appearance on "This Week" yesterday. Of course Rodman loves the publicity and sees a chance to revive his career. But aside from that, there is a cultural opening between two nations that love basketball and it's something the U.S. should further pursue to help help normalize relations.

I don't know if we will see bilateral talks between the U.S. and North Korea. The U.S. remains committed to the stalled multilateral six-party talks. It's an unfortunate position to take. For any talks to precede, I believe one point we have to recognize that the DPRK is a nuclear-capable state, if not an outright nuclear state. We seem to have no problem with Pakistan and India being nuclear states. Only then will tensions ease and normal relations can begin.
Inquiring Mind

North Wales, PA

#5 Mar 4, 2013
Joe wrote:
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The media is having fun with this story, but there remains an element of fascination. As was demonstrated with Rodman's appearance on "This Week" yesterday. Of course Rodman loves the publicity and sees a chance to revive his career. But aside from that, there is a cultural opening between two nations that love basketball and it's something the U.S. should further pursue to help help normalize relations.
I don't know if we will see bilateral talks between the U.S. and North Korea. The U.S. remains committed to the stalled multilateral six-party talks. It's an unfortunate position to take. For any talks to precede, I believe one point we have to recognize that the DPRK is a nuclear-capable state, if not an outright nuclear state. We seem to have no problem with Pakistan and India being nuclear states. Only then will tensions ease and normal relations can begin.
First of all, talks don't "precede," they "proceed." Secondly, North Korea has already demonstrated that they have nuclear capability - there's nothing to recognize. Thirdly, we have a HUGE problem with Pakistan having nukes. Don't you read the paper? Tensions will ease when it is in the best interest of the DPRK to ease them and join the civilized nations of the world. Until then, appeasement gains us nothing and clowns like Rodman just serve to give this little tyrant a claim at legitimacy. U.S. media should have ignored it.
Joe

Broomall, PA

#6 Mar 4, 2013
Inquiring Mind wrote:
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First of all, talks don't "precede," they "proceed." Secondly, North Korea has already demonstrated that they have nuclear capability - there's nothing to recognize. Thirdly, we have a HUGE problem with Pakistan having nukes. Don't you read the paper? Tensions will ease when it is in the best interest of the DPRK to ease them and join the civilized nations of the world. Until then, appeasement gains us nothing and clowns like Rodman just serve to give this little tyrant a claim at legitimacy. U.S. media should have ignored it.
Highlighting a grammatical mistake on a blog post is cheap.

North Korea has a nuclear program but they lack an operational nuclear weapon The CIA estimates they have enough plutonium for 3-5 nuclear bombs. But they lack the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and place on top of an accurate ICBM, which they also lack. Is their nuclear program making progress? Yes. Does it really threaten the U.S. and its allies? No. The DPRK regime is rational and understands they would be annihilated if they launched a nuclear strike.

What they seek is a deterrence. The DPRK leadership studied the Iraq War and the Libyan intervention. Iraq lacked a nuclear deterrence and the regime was ousted. Libya gave up its nuclear program in 2003 in exchange for normalized Western relations. But once the 2011 Libyan uprising erupted, the West abandoned Gaddafi who now lacked a nuclear deterrence.

The missile and nuclear tests do serve a domestic purpose for Kim Jong-un in demonstrating strength among the generals and "progress" for the people. But it also serves as a bargaining chip with the West.

Deterrence is an immediate policy, but the longer-term policy is a peace treaty with the U.S. A peace treaty with the U.S. would allow the DPRK to divert resources from the military to economic development to help alleviate poverty. To get attention from Washington, with the hopes of bi-lateral talks, the DPRK rattles the sabers from time to time. It's not the most sound policy, but when your economy is in ruins sometimes you have to gamble with "double or nothing."
Inquiring Mind

Quakertown, PA

#7 Mar 4, 2013
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>Highlighting a grammatical mistake on a blog post is cheap.

North Korea has a nuclear program but they lack an operational nuclear weapon The CIA estimates they have enough plutonium for 3-5 nuclear bombs. But they lack the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and place on top of an accurate ICBM, which they also lack. Is their nuclear program making progress? Yes. Does it really threaten the U.S. and its allies? No. The DPRK regime is rational and understands they would be annihilated if they launched a nuclear strike.

What they seek is a deterrence. The DPRK leadership studied the Iraq War and the Libyan intervention. Iraq lacked a nuclear deterrence and the regime was ousted. Libya gave up its nuclear program in 2003 in exchange for normalized Western relations. But once the 2011 Libyan uprising erupted, the West abandoned Gaddafi who now lacked a nuclear deterrence.

The missile and nuclear tests do serve a domestic purpose for Kim Jong-un in demonstrating strength among the generals and "progress" for the people. But it also serves as a bargaining chip with the West.

Deterrence is an immediate policy, but the longer-term policy is a peace treaty with the U.S. A peace treaty with the U.S. would allow the DPRK to divert resources from the military to economic development to help alleviate poverty. To get attention from Washington, with the hopes of bi-lateral talks, the DPRK rattles the sabers from time to time. It's not the most sound policy, but when your economy is in ruins sometimes you have to gamble with "double or nothing."
Maybe a cheapshot. What about assuming other identities to fool people into thinking you're a woman or a disgruntled Republican? Is that ethical?

North Korea certainly already has nuclear weapons and they have detonated several successfully. They've also improved their weapons delivery missles to where they claim to have ICBMs. That part is in dispute.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea_an...

North Korea wants reunification with South Korea, not diplomatic relations with the West. It's a closed society. I do agree they will not use nukes, they are not suicidal like radical Muslims. However, the threat of nuclear technology transfer or weapons to hostile States or terrorists is very real.
Hillary Rodman

Bensalem, PA

#8 Mar 5, 2013
Rodman is a piece of crap. Why come back and make a comment that Kim Jong-un is misunderstood? that he is a murderer? "well, Bill Clinton had sex with a woman while President and we're okay with that. What's the difference?" What a dumba$$ statement.
Joe

Chalfont, PA

#9 Mar 5, 2013
Hillary Rodman wrote:
Rodman is a piece of crap. Why come back and make a comment that Kim Jong-un is misunderstood? that he is a murderer? "well, Bill Clinton had sex with a woman while President and we're okay with that. What's the difference?" What a dumba$$ statement.
Rodman helped provide a cultural opening between the U.S and North Korea. We should appreciate the diplomatic gesture. Simply demonizing the DPRK leadership will get us nowhere. We need more open channels of communication and Rodman found one.
Inquiring Mind

North Wales, PA

#10 Mar 5, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Rodman helped provide a cultural opening between the U.S and North Korea. We should appreciate the diplomatic gesture. Simply demonizing the DPRK leadership will get us nowhere. We need more open channels of communication and Rodman found one.
Cultural opening? Do you think that pierced-face, cross-dressing freak represents our American values and culture? Kim Jr. used him for his self-gratification and Rodman wants to have his name back in the media after being on The Apprentice. Even Obama is distancing himself from this embarrassment. Maybe our next Ambassador to Libya should be Honey Boo-Boo?

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