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  •  what does North Korea's weekly (0+ / 0-)

    tantrums have to do with Dennis Rodman's visit?

    I thought the visit was stupid but I don't think it remotely affected our efforts there.

    •  About as much as Rodman's visit has to do with (1+ / 0-)
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      peace in the region.  

      Consider this tattoo-jockey's conviction that the pint-sized Kim only needs basketball to heal his inner "great guy," and take my little love note, here, as a chiding reprimand to his misguided efforts and words seeking publicity while attempting to rehabilitate the image of a deluded despot.

      I merely point out that, to whatever small extent, he potentially muddies the waters surrounding North Korea's public image enough that some might start to consider nuclear testing nothing more than a weekly tantrum.

      It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

      by Murphoney on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:39:25 AM PST

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      •  well, i've considered North Korea's various (2+ / 0-)
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        public spewings to be its weekly tantrum for five years now. Dennis Rodman hasn't changed that. If anything, he's given me the idea that the Kim family's public persona ("turn Seoul to fire!" "Death to America!") is an act to placate whichever loons run the military establishment. Even one-party states have factions.

        Absolutely not saying it's something to not be concerned about, but this week's weekly tantrum seems to be far more related to the incoming sanctions than anything else.

        •  certainly, Kim's actions are based largely on the (0+ / 0-)

          sanctions.  But I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't been, even slightly, embiggened by receiving "official recognition" from the West.

          Moreover, how, and to what extent North Korea, Kim and his actions get play in the U.S. media is unfortunately and unduly swayed by whatever the last set of celebrity masturbatory photo-ops happen to have been.

          Public Relations is less about the straight line between A and B, and more like a cat's cradle made of cold, sterile and thinly-spun bullshit.

          It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

          by Murphoney on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:18:30 AM PST

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        •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

          Those old generals behind the dictator would probably kill him if he tried to change too much.

          I don't know why people are surprised that Rodman is neither a diplomat or particularly articulate. I think he thought he was doing something worry and we should leave it that.

          "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

          by sebastianguy99 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:19:33 AM PST

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