“There is nobody at the CIA who can tell you more personally about Kim Jong Un than Dennis Rodman, and that in itself is scary,” Ganyard said. [ABC News]
IT’S BEYOND weird that Dennis Rodman is the first American to sit in front of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Rodman is a character and anything but a diplomat. But he remains the only American who has met and spoken openly with North Korea’s secretive leader, with Rodman possibly having rapport that no on inside our diplomatic corp has had.
Former deputy assistant secretary of state Col. Steve Ganyard, USMC (Ret.) told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that it is “ridiculous” that the State Department isn’t debriefing him.
What does the State Department have to lose by having someone at a lower level talk to Rodman? This is all about ego. You may not get anything, learn that Rodman is full of it, but how can you not have a conversation with a man whose celebrity and basketball prowess cracked through where formal channels did not?
“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. [ABC News]
You lose nothing by having someone down the State Department food chain call him.