What Dennis Rodman can teach the U.S. about diplomacy

  • Article by: Bob Ray Sanders , Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 8:24 PM

If Rodman can figure out how to have a conversation with Kim, surely a real American envoy can, too.

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 10, 13 8:30 PM

Great opinion piece. I wouldn't trust Kim as far as I could throw him. He is a brutal dictator but I see nothing wrong with keeping a dialogue open with him. Kim and his forefathers have stayed in power in large part because of their us vs them theme they have peddled to their own people. That doesn't mean that we have to stop trying.

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comradeSep. 11, 13 2:04 AM

Rodman is a prop in Kim's propaganda scheme and that's all he is. He is being used and when he is not useful, he will be discarded. Kim is a thug and murderer who had his ex girlfriend and over a dozen others machine gunned in front of their families, whom he then sent away to one of North Korea's horrific prison camps. Yeah Mr. Sanders, you are foolish to believe that a chat with such evil people can result in some good. Shame on you.

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barbjensSep. 11, 13 6:18 AM

Who knows, maybe some have tried but just not announced the rejection. I doubt that any "formal" negotiations is possible -- he may negotiate with Rodman because he is just not a "real person" and he has nothing to lose.

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elind56Sep. 11, 13 6:36 AM

Rodman is being played for a fool...but what would you expect? I'm sure Un can come across in casual conversation as a great guy but that doesn't change the fact that he is an arrogant tyrant of the highest order.

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benleeSep. 11, 13 7:31 AM

I hope Kim Jong Un gives Rodman a tour of his prison camps. Rodman can interview the prisoners and ask them why they are in a prison camp, and how much they get to eat every day. Rodman should also inquire why Jong had his girlfriend executed - it was in the news last week. Maybe Rodman should just move to N. Korea since he loves it so much.

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circleoflifeSep. 11, 13 1:26 PM

"If Rodman can figure out how to have a conversation with Kim, surely a real American envoy can, too." Really????? Comparing someone who is a zero threat to a real American envoy who can impose sanctions and war. Quite a stretch.

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alansonSep. 11, 13 6:31 PM

If Rodman were around just before WWII would the author be celebrating if Dennis were embracing Adolf Hitler. In fact Americans who were buddy-buddy with Hitler were roundly criticized during and after the war. Diplomats who dealt with Hitler were cast out of government. We've got to face the fact the Kim runs torture camps that rank with the worst ever outside of Nazi Germany. Our official conversations with Kim need to be carefully structured to avoid the appearance of approving in any way of his conduct. Rodman is playing with fire, and may come to seriously regret his liaisons with the butcher.

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