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North Korea Vows To End Korean War Cease-Fire

North Korea says its nuclear program is a response to U.S. hostility that dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

North Korea warned it will cancel the Korean War cease-fire agreement on March 11, citing U.S.-South Korean military drills that began March 1.

North Korea said Washington and others are going beyond mere economic sanctions and expanding into blunt aggression and military acts. North Korea also warned that it will block a communications line between it and the United States at the border village separating the two Koreas.

"It’s a different story because guess what, the kid is only 28 years old, 28. He’s not his dad, not his grandpa. He’s 28 years old." - Dennis Rodman

We're all very glad you made a friend, Dennis.  Please don't visit China.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

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

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

  •  interview was strange (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    guess what..

    guess what.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:13:45 AM PST

  •  Hey - I'd rather have Rodman doing the (1+ / 0-)
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    mickT

    visiting than about anyone else in State.  Both the former and present Secretary of States voted to authorize George Bush to use military force in Iraq.  

    Rodman was never either stupid or crazy enough to fall for that line of shit.

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:14:35 AM PST

    •  He is absolutely stupid and crazy enough (2+ / 0-)
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      MKSinSA, Neuroptimalian

      to fall for that line of shit.  He just never had the chance.

      What about him makes you think that he is neither stupid nor crazy enough?

      Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

      by Floyd Blue on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:18:11 AM PST

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      •  It is mere supposition that Rodman is, quote: (0+ / 0-)
        absolutely stupid and crazy enough to fall for that line of shit.
        It has been empirically verified that Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were absolutely stupid and crazy enough to fall for that line of shit.

        I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

        by bobdevo on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:53:23 AM PST

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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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  •  Does anyone know ... (0+ / 0-)

    ...why he didn't show up in that bridal gown?

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:20:32 AM PST

  •  At least he went (2+ / 0-)
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    No one from the government has gone.  We missed a Golden Opportunity when the kid was given the job to start "mending" the fences.

    Rodman is not stupid.  The Globe Trotters are some of our best "Ambassadors".  They were welcomed, and treated well.

    We needed to send someone.  I'd go if it would help.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:48:49 AM PST

  •  I remember when Rodman was still in the NBA... (2+ / 0-)
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    Murphoney, greengemini

    ...he was in Vegas in a wedding dress, and he got into some BS trouble with the law in his car after going into the casino.  He did his usual schtick about how he was persecuted and he's different and cool and people should just understand him as different and not hassle him.  He claimed that if he wanted to drop a few hundred grand that was his prerogative, etc etc etc.

    It seemed kind of funny schtick, and of course he made some fans from that attitude, and he had the press fawning over his every move.

    And then his ex-wife spoke up and said, that's all well and good but he should just shut up until he pays his back child support.

    My opinion:  He is an asshole.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:28:22 AM PST

  •  Maybe NOW we will all remember that MIB 1 (1+ / 0-)
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    Murphoney

    exposed Dennis Rodman for what he really is:

    An alien from another planet...

    How else to explain it's behavior? I mean, no earthling could POSSIBLY be that misguided, right?

    Right???

    Help American return to sanity - vote the GOP OUT OF the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate in 2014 elections. America requires Democratic action in order to survive!

    by dagnome on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:33:34 AM PST

  •  Did you miss this: (0+ / 0-)
    U.S.-South Korean military drills that began March 1.
    North Korea said Washington and others are going beyond mere economic sanctions and expanding into blunt aggression and military acts
    ?
    If the world, including North Korea, learned anything from the BushCheney administration it is that if you look weak or vulnerable, the US WILL invade, destroy and occupy your country.
    When we rattle the sabre, it's not something you can ignore or pretend isn't happening.
    Unless we give the Koreans some kind of assurance that we won't obliterate them with a first strike or back up one or another of our regional allies in an attack on NK, then of course, they will continue to snap and snarl and act like a pitbull on a chain.
    If the State Department and the Administration don't at least explore Rodman's opening, it is they that are making the stupid mistake.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:09:54 AM PST

    •  You are allowed to take the word of North Korea at (0+ / 0-)

      face value and to trust in the wisdom of Dennis Rodman.

      Don't hold your breath waiting for my applause.

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

      by Murphoney on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 11:48:50 AM PST

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      •  I wouldn't swear by any of them (0+ / 0-)

        but I wouldn't dismiss Kim Jong Il or Dennis Rodman out of hand.
        And I can see why North Korea might be just a bit defensive, without having to rely on anything either of them says.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:05:04 PM PST

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        •  Tyrants and criminals are almost always defensive (0+ / 0-)

          which doesn't necessarily have any relationship whatsoever with whether or not they are rational, honest or justified.

          I have less concern as to whether Kim Jong-un (Jong-il is dead) has himself a butthurt than I do what Dennis had for courtside snacks.

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

          by Murphoney on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:19:29 PM PST

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          •  When it means continued instability in the region (0+ / 0-)

            and costs US billions every year with the troops stationed there and the military exercises, et cetera, it's not just Kim Jong Un's butt that is hurt. It's our allies and our Treasury.

            If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

            by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:23:53 PM PST

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            •  but, again, you imply that Kim is to be trusted, (0+ / 0-)

              as if he is an issue only due to some definition of US aggression -- a definition which, as far as I can tell from this conversation, you take directly from the mouth of Kim himself.

              You imply that US troops over there are not only wasteful, but harmful; yet I don't see why you feel that way unless you are trying to tell me that Kim would not be a tyrannical dictator if they were not around.  If that is the case, I couldn't agree less.

              You draw a dotted line between his butthurt and reality, whereas I am saying that he is a walking butthurt making up reasons and writing fantasy press releases.

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

              by Murphoney on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:59:54 PM PST

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              •  I have no reason to trust him more than any other (0+ / 0-)

                Head of State.
                And I don't need him to tell me that our posture in the region and in the rest of the world in very threatening.
                Whether he'd be a better head of state if we weren't constantly threatening him? Impossible to say.
                Would he have an easier time getting his people up out of starvation if he didn't have to put most of his country's limited resources into defending against US, well, that would be logical, no? And with a better fed, less oppressed populace, maybe, just maybe, they'd be happier with him and he, in turn would not feel he had to be brutal.
                Jong Un was not the son that was groomed for the job. He inherited a sh!t sandwich from his father and grandfather and it might be that he is different from them.
                All I am saying is it's worth investigating, worth exploring because it would risk us nothing and possibly gain us a real opening.
                But then, I don't automatically ascribe evil intent to people until I clearly see them display it.

                If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

                by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 01:19:05 PM PST

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  •  Old Vulcan Proverb (1+ / 0-)
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    Murphoney

    Only Rodman could go to North Korea.

  •  NK justifies itself with military defiance of West (0+ / 0-)

    They're fully aware that they're a backwards shithole, and combined with their paranoid race-based nationalist ideology inherited from 50 years of Japanese occupation, they really don't have anything else to do than to puff themselves up militarily as the sole defender of the Korean race and culture against foreign domination and contamination.  They're not going to give up their entire reason to remain an independent country by making peace with the US and trying to get SK to assimilate them (which it doesn't want to do anyway).  They don't want to give up the only thing that makes them feel good about themselves ... as opposed to becoming like South Korea was 50 years ago.

    I'm going to have to write a diary about B. R. Myers and his book.

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