If Dennis Rodman Is Our Hope for Peace With North Korea, We Are Screwed

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Look, there are a lot of things that Dennis Rodman is great at. He’s great at rebounding. He’s great at getting tattoos and weird piercings.


He’s not great at being an ambassador for the United States, mostly because of his history of drug use and rabble-rousing. I know that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a fan of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, of which Rodman was an integral part, but I don’t think ol’ Rodman knows with whom he’s dealing.

Kim is a ruthless dictator who is reportedly responsible for the executions of more than 340 people since taking over the reins as supreme leader in 2011! And Rodman is over there riding horses and going on picnics with this murderer. It makes me long for the old Dennis Rodman—you know, the one who couldn’t keep his cool during a game. The Rodman who would dye his hair crazy colors just to piss off his teammates. The Rodman who could defend big-ass Shaquille O’Neal although he was giving up what looked like 10 inches in height and 100 pounds in weight. I miss the nonspeaking Rodman.

Hall of Famer Rodman went on another trip to visit his “friend” Kim’s North Korea. I use “friend” in quotes because looking at Kim’s kill rate, I don’t know that this man has any friends. As For the Win reports, the same day Rodman arrived in North Korea, Otto Warmbier, the American student who had been arrested there in 2015 on accusations that he tried to steal a propaganda banner, was released.

It is quite possible that Rodman’s visit had something to do with Warmbier’s release. Warmbier would end up dying back in the U.S. only days later. The State Department and Warmbier’s father have denied that Rodman had anything to do with Warmbier’s release, but Rodman’s agent, Chris Volo, told Good Morning America that he asked “on behalf of Dennis” for Warmbier to be released.

If Rodman had anything to do with Warmbier’s release, I can’t state this emphatically enough: Dennis Rodman cannot have this much power. Not. Ever. Rodman is a damn mess. He honestly believes that Kim is a nice, misunderstood man. It’s as if Rodman is in some kind of trance. It’s as if he’s always been in some kind of trance.

Rodman told GMA’s Michael Strahan that Kim was a friend, that they’ve sung karaoke and ridden horses together.


Umm ... da fuq! Get off those horses, Dennis, and get the fuck out of there!

Rodman broke down during the interview, and not because the man he calls friend has allegedly executed more than 340 people, but because he visits North Korea out of the kindness of his heart.


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We’re not going to break NK by isolating them. They certainly are not going to turn around and shrug their shoulders as they admit to being real life comic book villains, but if we keep sending annoying tourists and loudmouth celebs with offers of western culture and money and food, then we might just gradually win them over. It is not triumphalist and it certainly will not be punitive for the Kim dynasty and all their petty supporters because it’ll mean giving them a pass, but what is more important; satisfying our national ego and sense of revenge, or is it preventing gods know how many North Koreans living in poverty and calming down a volatile section of the globe?