Video: Rodman returns to North Korea to … ignore American imprisoned there?

posted at 10:41 am on September 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The US had planned to send a special envoy to North Korea in order to negotiate for the release of American Kenneth Bae, who has been sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor, but Pyongyang backed out of the meeting.  Pyongyang instead has received a much more special envoy — Dennis Rodman, who expressed his “love” for Kim Jong-un after his first visit earlier this year.  Rodman initially indicated he would ask for Bae’s release, but later backed away from that promise:

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed in Pyongyang, North Korea, today for a five-day visit to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but the trip he said is not to free jailed American missionary Kenneth Bae.

“I’m going to North Korea to meet my friend, Kim,” Rodman told reporters while transiting at Beijing’s airport earlier today. “It’s a friendly gesture.”

Bae, currently serving a 15-year sentence of hard labor in North Korea, was arrested for attempting to overthrow the communist government. Negotiations for his release was canceled at the last minute by North Korea just before Robert King, U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues, was to visit Pyongyang last week.

Pyongyang’s excuse for the abrupt withdrawal was disapproval of the U.S. military participating in annual joint drills with South Korea.

Dennis Rodman has better be careful about getting too close to Kim Jong-un.  Strange things happen to those who “love” Kim, as his former girlfriend and her bandmates discovered a little too late, according to some reports.  More seriously, if Rodman travels to meet with this dictator and doesn’t at least attempt to get Bae released, it would be even more shameful than Rodman’s first trip and post-trip propaganda, and that’s hard to accomplish.


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Don’t come back, Worm.

Ward Cleaver on September 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

More seriously, if Rodman travels to meet with this dictator and doesn’t at least attempt to get Bae released, it would be even more shameful than Rodman’s first trip and post-trip propaganda, and that’s hard to accomplish.

Remember when it was Jesse Jackson that flitted around the world and visiting with dictators? It appears even that job has gone to the LIVs.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

What is it with celebrities and bat crap crazy dictators? I can see the reason the dictator would like to have photo ops and PR with a celebrity but, I don’t see why the celebrities seek them out. I guess it just falls under the umbrella of any publicity is good publicity.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Maybe he was just delivering some of his dad’s Philander Rodman’s Rainbow obamaburgers?

Flange on September 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I sincerely hope that he’s downplaying the mission to free Bae, in order to let Kim be seen as being magnanimous on his own free will. But if Dennis returns empty handed, it’s the last time I want to hear about him.

rbj on September 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Cancel his passport and leave him stranded there in the peoples paradise.

meci on September 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

…I don’t see why the celebrities seek them out.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Relevance

cozmo on September 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Dennis Rodman has better be careful about getting too close to Kim Jong-un. Strange things happen to those who “love” Kim, as his former girlfriend and her bandmates discovered a little too late

Catching Kim on the rebound.

happytobehere on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Let Rodman go to Nork.

Just don’t let him come back.

psrch on September 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Rodman or Kerry … either way the quality of the diplomacy is about the same.

M240H on September 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

He’s got to be a spy. Why would the US let him return otherwise?

blammm on September 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The Worm has never been opposed to violence against women either. Maybe, he can ask Son of Lil’ Kim how his ex-girlfriend’s head exploded when he had her executed without any form of due process.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Hey Un, I need a favor, see. I got this groupie psycho chick that follows me around, see, and one night, I was doing too many lines, see, and now she’s threatening me with a paternity suit.

Any chance you could……..

WryTrvllr on September 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

*yawn*

Egomaniac is egomaniacal. Who knew?

gryphon202 on September 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Rodman is, after all, Obama’s Ambassador-designate to P’yongyang.

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Can he sing and dance? I hear there’s a shortage of musical talent in North Korea, now.

MNHawk on September 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Ambassador Dennis Jong-un II

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Look! He’s doing the Obama-bow!

I’d rather twerk.

Shy Guy on September 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

How a used up drug addled sycophant makes the news.

Buttercup on September 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

You can judge a man by the company he keeps…

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I don’t get it.

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Can we do a straight up trade? Bae would like to come home, Rodman likes to go over there and hang out with his friend.

tommer74 on September 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Pull Rodman’s passport. Let him enjoy the rest of his life playing b-ball for the NK bosses entertainment.

KenInIL on September 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Dennis Rodman is not a politician he’s an old washed up Basketball player.

Why does this matter? What Rodman decides to do/not do in his personal time is up to him.

In other news, I seen Michael Jordan and his son at a local bar here in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago (True Story). Sorry, forgot to ask his opinion on the keystone pipeline.

Politricks on September 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Hey – let’s give press to a domestic violence drunk and a psychotic murderer!!!

Odie1941 on September 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Hey Rodman I found this clock with your name on it.

It also says 14:59; 1996. What does that mean??

cableguy615 on September 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM