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brovol

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Any suggestion that Dennis Rodman is an American diplomat, particularly dealing with N. Korea, is questionable so say the least. His opinion on world politics is not the first I would subscribe to.
 

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Like any other college WP has guest speakers. WP is a little more selective about their speakers mainly to protect the "brand" of WP and not allow a speaker use the opportunity to promote their agenda and tagging WP as part of their marketing without a formal endorsement. But yes, Rodman did speak at WP and I don't know if he had anything important to say. Hahaha

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The clip I saw he was talking about Kim Jong-un's love for basketball and that's what their talks centered around.
 
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I went to it, Rodman was there along with his manager and some doctor that had visited North Korea a bunch of times. They talked about how they could see North Korea improving based off things like better hotels and buildings being built, and supermarkets having a greater variety of food. In my view, this doesn't show progress for anyone but the upperclass citizens of North Korea and even further shows how corrupt Kim Jong Un is when his people are starving and he's devoting resources to building hotels and improving supermarkets 99% of the population cannot afford to shop at. It really seemed like they thought Kim Jong Un was good for North Korea though, and they repeatedly said that he was genuinely trying to improve the country;bI personally wholeheartedly disagree with. Who knows though, they've seen stuff none of us will ever see so maybe it is simply that I cannot understand their perspective. Overall it was an interesting brief even though I personally didn't agree with what was being said.
 

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I spoke with the head of the DSS dept this weekend and asked about this presentation and specifically about Dennis Rodman and why he was chosen to speak. There is no way that I could accurately recall everything I was told, but I will say that he made a very good case for having him speak at WP and also how the US gov can use his relationship with Kim Jong-Un. Basically Rodman is all we have at this time to build a bridge to Kim Jong-Un, so we have to use what we have.
 

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I spoke with the head of the DSS dept this weekend and asked about this presentation and specifically about Dennis Rodman and why he was chosen to speak. There is no way that I could accurately recall everything I was told, but I will say that he made a very good case for having him speak at WP and also how the US gov can use his relationship with Kim Jong-Un. Basically Rodman is all we have at this time to build a bridge to Kim Jong-Un, so we have to use what we have.
I am not sure why we have to "relationship build" with a sick distorted freak and abusive dictator who manifests his lunacy on a daily basis, and who taunts America as if he had a fraction of the strength that we do. And if we not only are desperate to relationship build with him, but are so desperate that we "need" Dennis Rodman, another attention seeking nutjob, then we have problems.

.....But I digress.
 

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I'm not critical of your comments bookreader, and don't mean to shoot the messenger. I appreciate that you were sharing what you learned, and I appreciate that. So apologies for sounding like I'm in attack mode.
 

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@brovol - Trust me, I completely understand your skepticism, but the head of DSS (Defense & Strategic Studies) did give me a solid, thought-out answer. And I will fall back on the fact that those who deal in these areas are far more learned than I am in these matters. He was in no way happy that Rodman was the link between us and N. Korea, but, it's a fact that there is no other US citizen who has the ear of Kim Jong-Un.
 
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