Rodman a diplomatic bust [Letter]

January 13, 2014

I have been duped. When I heard of Dennis Rodman's initial visit to North Korea, I held onto a sliver of hope that it would possibly open a window of diplomatic negotiations with the nation ensconced in secrecy and carefully crafted propaganda ("Rodman, in trouble over interview, blames drink," Jan. 9).

I couldn't have been more wrong. Mr. Rodman is simply a self-serving man who seeks media attention, not unlike that of the Kardashian clan.

Mr. Rodman knows nothing about American missionary Kenneth Bae, and proved it in during a drunken rant at a recent press conference.

He has no motivation to plea for the release of Mr. Bae. He knows nothing about the man's past nor the plight he faces.

Simply stated, Mr. Rodman is in this inexplicable relationship with a demented dictator for all the wrong reasons, none of which are to forge a pathway to diplomatic relations between the two nations.

I hope his next visit to North Korea will evolve into a permanent stay. It's a good fit.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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