Video: And now, presenting the CIA’s greatest resource on the Kim regime

posted at 10:01 am on March 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

That frightening thought comes from ABC’s intelligence analyst at the beginning of this interview by George Stephanopoulos of Dennis Rodman, but it’s not as bizarre as the interview itself. Stephanopoulos can barely believe Rodman’s apologetics for the leader of the world’s most oppressive regime, based entirely, it seems, on the new Dear Leader’s love of … basketball.  It’s more of an experience than an interview:

“He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him,” Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”

The athlete also offered Kim some diplomatic advice for potential future talks with President Obama.

“[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there,” Rodman said.

Honestly, the ABC article does a disservice to Stephanopoulos.  He offered a number of incredulous questions to Rodman, such as pointing out that Kim starves millions of people and puts people in prison camps.  When Rodman suggests that it’s no different than what we do here, Stephanopoulos asks, “We put people in prison camps here?” At the end of the interview, Stephanopoulos hands Rodman a report from Human Rights Watch and tells him to deliver it to his newfound “friend” the next time he visits North Korea.  While Stephanopoulos never quite gets around to explicitly saying “You’re a moron,” the subtext is pretty clear.

Final thought: Can you imagine how the CIA agent who had to debrief Rodman must have felt about that prospect?


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Yawn.

MoreLiberty on March 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”

Well what about Earth, Wind, and Fire? Woudl he be willing to do them? What about Wild Cherry? Would he do them? Maybe he would prefer to do The Who.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

and now Trump has this doof on the Celebrity Apprentice where Piers Morgan has joined the show as a judge…what a fitting Trifecta..

hillsoftx on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Dumbass tattooed has-been clueless ignorant freak.

fogw on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

“[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Let’s start there,” Rodman said.

[whispers] “If you build it, he will come.”

Oh wait, wrong sport. Sorry.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Final thought: Can you imagine how the CIA agent who had to debrief Rodman must have felt about that prospect?

At this point, what difference does it make?

I mean why care about a regime that puts 200,000 of its own citizens in prison camps when our own rat-eared dictator continues to evolve on his views about sodomite relationships or something?

That anybody is even taking this visit seriously is probably more disturbing than any other aspect of this story.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

[whispers] “If you build it, he will come.”

Oh wait, wrong sport. Sorry.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

But Kim didn’t build that! He’s a third generation dictator.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Dumbass tattooed has-been clueless ignorant freak.

fogw on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

And Rodman isn’t much of a genius either. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

But Kim didn’t build that! He’s a third generation dictator.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Apparently every small business owner in America didn’t build that either.

Doughboy on March 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Husband material for Jane Fonda.

fogw on March 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Given Obama’s appointments to State…The Pentagon…and the CIA…

Rodman makes sense…send him to Iran.

Basketball diplomacy

workingclass artist on March 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Final thought: Can you imagine how the CIA agent who had to debrief Rodman must have felt about that prospect?

First they’d have to find a translator who’s fluent in stupid.

RadClown on March 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

*sigh*

davidk on March 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Just give Obama a basketball and send him to Pyongyang. Oh, and don’t bother picking him up, ever. Let him enjoy the game and the special Korean barbeque afterwards, IYKWIM.

Archivarix on March 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Why wouldn’t Dennis be a perfect fit with the Obama team of Janet Napolitano, John Brennan and John Kerry? As ABC proudly states that Dennis knows more about Kim than the CIA. If Brennan was running the CIA i bet it would be true. We are so screwed!!!!

RickinNH on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Madonna had a fling with this freak. Hope Madonna’s children read this. Look who mommy dated.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Madonna had a fling with this freak. Hope Madonna’s children read this. Look who mommy dated.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

If Madonna’s kids start reading the list of whom their mommy dated, they won’t finish it by the high school.

Archivarix on March 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Rodman fits right in with the current department heads in the Obama administration. He could be the poster boy for that mob.

rplat on March 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Kim loves a dictatorship. Obama loves dictatorship. Let’s start there.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

When you see Rodman advocating for North Korea with the tackle box in his face you have to think the term “useful idiot” was almost invented for him.

Conan on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

While Stephanopoulos never quite gets around to explicitly saying “You’re a moron,” the subtext is pretty clear.

This could be said of any Obama appointee as well.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

*sigh*

davidk on March 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

yeaah….

I eyerolled so hard my eyeballs are stuck staring at the ceiling. God, I hate popcorn ceilings…..

98ZJUSMC on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Prog media beclowns themselves once again…

d1carter on March 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

This interview proves only one thing. It is high time for Team America II: Return to Pyongyang.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I know it’s fashionable to ridicule Dennis Rodman, but in fact he’s on the cutting edge of societal evolution. This is where we’re headed. Obama and the elite Dems don’t want to be the enemy of these extreme class based societies. On the contrary, they’re working hard to create more of them in the Middle East and our own west coast. Rodman is just abead if his time, letting the cat out of the bag a little too early.

Fenris on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

And do we know who was the lucky interpreter for any exchange between the barely literate Rodman and the kid dictator?
Translating hip-hop ghetto into Korean must be a special field.

srdem65 on March 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Rodman? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

Then again, there are plenty on Capitol Hill, the White House and D.C. in general who think just as moronically as him…

Logus on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

This is also very scary considering he is supposed to be one of the economic gurus on the left:

Matthew Yglesias Does Not Understand Basic Accounting

At least Dennis Rodman doesn’t hold himself out to be a foreign policy expert…

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Way too many concussions in basketball. Gotta ban the sport.

Shy Guy on March 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

While Stephanopoulos never quite gets around to explicitly saying “You’re a moron,” the subtext is pretty clear.

I have to put Stephanopoulos and ABC in the same moronic category for booking and airing an interview with Rodman on North Korea (or any subject for that matter).

parke on March 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Rodman is a useful idiot for the NORKs.

southsideironworks on March 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Has he been fishing lately?

Looks like ha had an accident with the tackle box.

Wander on March 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The thing is, if I were in Rodman’s shoes (an unlikely prospect), I would probably say pretty much the same thing. He won’t be invited back if he badmouths the dictator, and it’s possible the CIA will have some use for him as an intermediary. If you believe we should just isolate/bomb NK, of course, that’s irrelevant. But apparently we don’t stop people, including celebrities, from visiting the place. Btw, that includes someone from my own family, who actually has expertise in urban planning and might thus be categorized as a deliberate collaborator, albeit with US/SK permission.

And he’s humbler and a lot less problematic than Jimmy Carter.

Seth Halpern on March 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Sean Penn is going to have to up his game.

TexasDan on March 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Rodman is no better or worse than Carter…Rodman for President.

right2bright on March 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

The real question is why now Dennis Rodman? We all forgot about you. Are you out of money and looking for more notorious publicity to generate a movie deal? Or, is there already a movie/ book/ tv show and you need to do something radical to get your name in the news before its release.

In other words, this is all nothing more than a promotional stunt disguised as news.

tdarrington on March 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The fact that ABC put this on their air tells you where they are as a news organization. It might have worked as a Jimmy Kimmel skit.

CycloneCDB on March 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Madonna had a fling with this freak. Hope Madonna’s children read this. Look who mommy dated.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Look, memorizing the US Presidents is hard enough. Can you imagine how long that list is?

TexasDan on March 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Dennis Jong Il

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Isn’t it interesting that Stephanopoulos can’t ask an administration official the same thing about the dictatorship and deathcamps?

Oh yes, that would appear critical and unsupportive to do that.

virgo on March 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Final thought: Can you imagine how the CIA agent who had to debrief Rodman must have felt about that prospect?

I’d imagine that person was thrilled. A skilled HUMINTer probably tossed him like a rag doll, but you never know. Rodman could have been coached in some ways.

On that note, Rodman is giving out all sorts of of open sources of intelligence right now.

The exit question should be: Anybody want to throw down a hundred that Rodman isn’t being wiretapped?

Gatekeeper on March 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

When you see Rodman advocating for North Korea with the tackle box in his face you have to think the term “useful idiot” was almost invented for him.

Conan on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Thanks to you and Wander for the word I was searching for to describe the wreckage on/in his face.

avagreen on March 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I think we may be on to something with Ambassador Rodman.

He takes a trip to NK and the MSM actually covers the atrocities in NK in an unbiased fashion.

Send Rodman to Venezuela and Cuba. We certainly did not get a similar reaction from the MSM when Sean Penn and Danny Glover went to Venezuela and all but slept with Chavez. Maybe Rodman is the man for the job. Rodman is so out there, that the MSM can’t possibly ignore his ignorance.

After his tour of the Dictatorships to our south, send him to Iran, China, and Russia.

George will be forced to confront him with the facts of what life is really like in those countries.

Rodman for ambassador to the UN. His warm hearted support of the antisemites may actually inspire coverage of the inflammatory speeches given by those whoa re anti-israel.

This could be the beginning of something beautiful…unbiased reporting.

weaselyone on March 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Video: And now, presenting the CIA’s greatest resource on the Kim regime

Reminds me of something Yoda once said:

So f**ked, we are.

Or something like that. Let it burn.

stefanite on March 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Madonna had a fling with this freak. Hope Madonna’s children read this. Look who mommy dated.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Look, memorizing the US Presidents is hard enough. Can you imagine how long that list is?

TexasDan on March 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Not to mention there is only one US President at a time. That other list, not so sequential.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Reminds me of something Yoda once said:

So f**ked, we are.
Or something like that. Let it burn.

stefanite on March 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Was that before or after Yoda did a “Jedi Mind Meld?”

Obama has added $6T to the national debt and where is all the outrage about that…. even as we give or Jew-hating “ally” in Egypt $25M so that they can more effectively arm our enemies.

We are so “forked” in so many ways it isn’t even funny and yet so long as the administration panders to gays, stupid women, and other parasitic groups he is getting away with it all.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I surprised Stephanopoulos didn’t ask him about banning birth control.

John the Libertarian on March 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

No one ever said you have to be smart or even literate to play basketball.

DC555 on March 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

When I look at Dennis Rodman I can’t help but think that there might really be some reality to the Men in Black movies that aliens are already on Earth.

SC.Charlie on March 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I couldn’t stomach it. I got the first 15 seconds or so of Rodman’s blithering and I had to close the window.

ButterflyDragon on March 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

As the fed and many states are busy tightening unconstitutional restrictions on gun owner…

Look! Shiny!

Nobody would confuse Wormy with a squirrel, but a staged distraction by any other name…

Freelancer on March 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

No one ever said you have to be smart or even literate to play basketball.

DC555 on March 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

But he wasn’t being interviewed about basketball (except in an indirect way). If polo is the sport of kings then basketball must be the sport of dictators. After all, Kim loves basketball and Obama loves basketball. Must be something about being able to sit courtside and be admired by your oppressed peons that make it naturally attractive to despots.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Look! Shiny!

Nobody would confuse Wormy with a squirrel, but a staged distraction by any other name…

Freelancer on March 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Hey, gun control is an important issue.

There is a story out there today that a police search dog in MA fired a gun into a house. And wouldn’t you know it, that dog never went through a background check, was not licensed for that firearm, and never went through a gun safety course.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

How can you take anything seriously that comes from this fountain of bullroar…..

crosshugger on March 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Who wants to bet this becomes a South Park episode in about 2-3 weeks?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on March 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Rodman just wants press and publicity.

Imrahil on March 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

5 rings.

4 IQ points.

nico on March 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

…I remember how dumb Dennis was when he played for Deroit…nice but dumb!…no wonder the North Koreans want to pick a fight.

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM