Rebranding Kim Jong-un Will Likely Be a Key Part of The Strategy…

Almost everyone understands the term “re branding”. Don’t laugh when you consider the possibility of re-branding Kim Jong-un; and more importantly, as an outcome, the entire geopolitical architecture of North Korea.  Rebranding takes time. This type of re branding takes silent and subtle persuasion.

It’s not a short term process, but look for indicators like this to ever-so-slowly morph. China’s Xi Jinping seeding ploughshares over missiles needs careful and controlled fertilization.

Business suits replacing General’s uniforms would be very good for the people of North Korea. Ultimately that’s an honorable goal.

We’re talking about massive amounts of distrust and psychological misinformation to overcome – because China previously benefited from using/supporting North Korea as a hostile proxy province toward the collective enemy.   That historic approach and use of N-Korea was the winning hand for China.

President Trump has changed the dynamic.

The winning economic hand for China, specifically Chairman/President Xi Jinping now rests on being able to change the direction of the DPRK and Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un’s sense of self and disposition has been defined by rockets, military and such.  His personal currency is ‘loyalty’ and how ‘loved’ he perceives himself to be in the eyes of his audience.

In order for China to generate enough influence (toward the larger objective of shifting away from militaristic endeavors) Chairman Xi Jinping will now need to shift emphasis on what generates Kim Jong-un’s currency.  Loyalty and love must be achieved by alternate methods.  Seeds must be planted, fertilized and nurtured.

Turning rockets into ploughshares is a good strategy.

[…]  “Here in Seoul, architectural wonders like the Sixty-Three Building and the Lotte World Tower — very beautiful — grace the sky and house the workers of many growing industries.

Your citizens now help to feed the hungry, fight terrorism, and solve problems all over the world. And in a few months, you will host the world and you will do a magnificent job at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. Good luck. (Applause.)

The Korean miracle extends exactly as far as the armies of free nations advanced in 1953 — 24 miles to the north. There, it stops; it all comes to an end. Dead stop. The flourishing ends, and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins.

Workers in North Korea labor grueling hours in unbearable conditions for almost no pay. Recently, the entire working population was ordered to work for 70 days straight, or else pay for a day of rest.

Families live in homes without plumbing, and fewer than half have electricity. Parents bribe teachers in hopes of saving their sons and daughters from forced labor. More than a million North Koreans died of famine in the 1990s, and more continue to die of hunger today.

Among children under the age of five, nearly 30 percent of afflicted — and are afflicted by stunted growth due to malnutrition. And yet, in 2012 and 2013, the regime spent an estimated $200 million — or almost half the money that it allocated to improve living standards for its people — to instead build even more monuments, towers, and statues to glorify its dictators.

What remains of the meager harvest of the North Korean economy is distributed according to perceived loyalty to a twisted regime. Far from valuing its people as equal citizens, this cruel dictatorship measures them, scores them, and ranks them based on the most arbitrary indications of their allegiance to the state.

Those who score the highest in loyalty may live in the capital city. Those who score the lowest starve. A small infraction by one citizen, such as accidently staining a picture of the tyrant printed in a discarded newspaper, can wreck the social credit rank of his entire family for many decades.

An estimated 100,000 North Koreans suffer in gulags, toiling in forced labor, and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis.

In one known instance, a 9-year-old boy was imprisoned for 10 years because his grandfather was accused of treason. In another, a student was beaten in school for forgetting a single detail about the life of Kim Jong-un.

Soldiers have kidnapped foreigners and forced them to work as language tutors for North Korean spies.

In the part of Korea that was a stronghold for Christianity before the war, Christians and other people of faith who are found praying or holding a religious book of any kind are now detained, tortured, and in many cases, even executed.

North Korean women are forced to abort babies that are considered ethnically inferior. And if these babies are born, the newborns are murdered.

One womans baby born to a Chinese father was taken away in a bucket. The guards said it did not deserve to live because it was impure.

So why would China feel an obligation to help North Korea?

The horror of life in North Korea is so complete that citizens pay bribes to government officials to have themselves exported aboard as slaves. They would rather be slaves than live in North Korea.

To attempt to flee is a crime punishable by death. One person who escaped remarked, “When I think about it now, I was not a human being. I was more like an animal. Only after leaving North Korea did I realize what life was supposed to be.”

And so, on this peninsula, we have watched the results of a tragic experiment in a laboratory of history. It is a tale of one people, but two Koreas. One Korea in which the people took control of their lives and their country, and chose a future of freedom and justice, of civilization, and incredible achievement. And another Korea in which leaders imprison their people under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression. The result of this experiment are in, and they are totally conclusive.

When the Korean War began in 1950, the two Koreas were approximately equal in GDP per capita. But by the 1990s, South Koreas wealth had surpassed North Korea’s by more than 10 times. And today, the Souths economy is over 40 times larger. You started the same a short while ago, and now you’re 40 times larger. You’re doing something right.

Considering the misery wrought by the North Korean dictatorship, it is no surprise that it has been forced to take increasingly desperate measures to prevent its people from understanding this brutal contrast.

Because the regime fears the truth above all else, it forbids virtually all contact with the outside world. Not just my speech today, but even the most commonplace facts of South Korean life are forbidden knowledge to the North Korean people. Western and South Korean music is banned. Possession of foreign media is a crime punishable by death. Citizens spy on fellow citizens, their homes are subject to search at any time, and their every action is subject to surveillance. In place of a vibrant society, the people of North Korea are bombarded by state propaganda practically every waking hour of the day.

North Korea is a country ruled as a cult. At the center of this military cult is a deranged belief in the leaders destiny to rule as parent protector over a conquered Korean Peninsula and an enslaved Korean people.

The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime.

In this way, the very existence of a thriving South Korean republic threatens the very survival of the North Korean dictatorship.

This city and this assembly are living proof that a free and independent Korea not only can, but does stand strong, sovereign, and proud among the nations of the world. (Applause.)

Here, the strength of the nation does not come from the false glory of a tyrant. It comes from the true and powerful glory of a strong and great people — the people of the Republic of Korea — a Korean people who are free to live, to flourish, to worship, to love, to build, and to grow their own destiny.

In this Republic, the people have done what no dictator ever could — you took, with the help of the United States, responsibility for yourselves and ownership of your future. You had a dream — a Korean dream — and you built that dream into a great reality.

In so doing, you performed the miracle on the Hahn that we see all around us, from the stunning skyline of Seoul to the plains and peaks of this beautiful landscape. You have done it freely, you have done it happily, and you have done it in your own very beautiful way.

This reality — this wonderful place — your success is the greatest cause of anxiety, alarm, and even panic to the North Korean regime. That is why the Kim regime seeks conflict abroad — to distract from total failure that they suffer at home.

Since the so-called armistice, there have been hundreds of North Korean attacks on Americans and South Koreans. These attacks have included the capture and torture of the brave American soldiers of the USS Pueblo, repeated assaults on American helicopters, and the 1969 drowning [downing] of a U.S. surveillance plane that killed 31 American servicemen. The regime has made numerous lethal incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, attacked South Korean ships, and tortured Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man’s death.

All the while, the regime has pursued nuclear weapons with the deluded hope that it could blackmail its way to the ultimate objective. And that objective we are not going to let it have. We are not going to let it have. All of Korea is under that spell, divided in half. South Korea will never allow what’s going on in North Korea to continue to happen.

The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies. It’s broken all of those commitments. After promising to freeze its plutonium program in 1994, it repeated [reaped] the benefits of the deal and then — and then immediately continued its illicit nuclear activities.

In 2005, after years of diplomacy, the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its nuclear programs and return to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation. But it never did. And worse, it tested the very weapons it said it was going to give up. In 2009, the United States gave negotiations yet another chance, and offered North Korea the open hand of engagement. The regime responded by sinking a South Korean Navy ship, killing 46 Korean sailors. To this day, it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of Japan and all other neighbors, test nuclear devices, and develop ICBMs to threaten the United States itself. The regime has interpreted Americas past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.

Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.

We did not choose to draw here, on this peninsula — (applause) — this magnificent peninsula — the thin line of civilization that runs around the world and down through time. But here it was drawn, and here it remains to this day. It is the line between peace and war, between decency and depravity, between law and tyranny, between hope and total despair. It is a line that has been drawn many times, in many places, throughout history. To hold that line is a choice free nations have always had to make. We have learned together the high cost of weakness and the high stakes of its defense.

America’s men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against Nazism, imperialism, Communism and terrorism.

America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it. History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested Americas resolve.

Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the United States should look to our past, and you will doubt it no longer. We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated. And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground, we fought and died so hard to secure. (Applause.)

That is why I have come here, to the heart of a free and flourishing Korea, with a message for the peace-loving nations of the world: The time for excuses is over. Now is the time for strength. If you want peace, you must stand strong at all times. (Applause.) The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation.

All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it and any form — any form of it. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept. We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology.

[…] It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together — because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows, and the fewer the options become. (Applause.) And to those nations that choose to ignore this threat, or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience.

I also have come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the North Korean dictatorship: The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.

North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. Yet, despite every crime you have committed against God and man, you are ready to offer, and we will do that — we will offer a path to a much better future. It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable, and total denuclearization. (Applause.)

A sky-top view of this peninsula shows a nation of dazzling light in the South and a mass of impenetrable darkness in the North. We seek a future of light, prosperity, and peace. But we are only prepared to discuss this brighter path for North Korea if its leaders cease their threats and dismantle their nuclear program.

The sinister regime of North Korea is right about only one thing: The Korean people do have a glorious destiny, but they could not be more wrong about what that destiny looks like. The destiny of the Korean people is not to suffer in the bondage of oppression, but to thrive in the glory of freedom. (Applause.)

What South Koreans have achieved on this peninsula is more than a victory for your nation. It is a victory for every nation that believes in the human spirit. And it is our hope that, someday soon, all of your brothers and sisters of the North will be able to enjoy the fullest of life intended by God.

~ U.S. President Donald Trump (Nov 8, 2017)

This speech was delivered in Seoul, South Korea.  However, the most important audience was in Beijing China.

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156 Responses to Rebranding Kim Jong-un Will Likely Be a Key Part of The Strategy…

  1. Apollo says:

    It might be possible! But this will be a tough one for Xi to pull off, I think.

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    • Vince says:

      Schedule another drought. Kim can spring into action diverting nuclear funds to agriculture. Propaganda will show him driving tractors to feed his people. After a few years the diverted military funds will be doing actual good in the economy, and people will have forgotten that he ever had missles. He will be a hero.

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      • WSB says:

        Jong-Hoe, Jong-Hoe, it’s little Kim you know!
        Now Xi Jing-Ping will do his his thing to see Jong spring,

        You know, Jong-Hoe, Jong-Hoe, it’s off to weed he’ll go,
        To trade his nukes for growing cukes, Jong-Hoe, Jong-Hoe!

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    • Jedi9 says:

      Cue up the clapping puppets as always the optics of the Chinese.

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  2. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    Kim is a murderer and rapist. he has to go.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. indiamaria2020 says:

    “….the most important audience was in Beijing China.”

    The most important beneficiaries, from our point of view, are Average Americans who do not have to spend a $Trillion, and lose thousands of its sons in warfare.

    Liked by 15 people

  4. Ziiggii says:

    this helps make sense of the curious top story over at Fox News:

    In the six years since Kim Jong Un began ruling North Korea, information about the nation’s first lady is as elusive as her husband is provocative.

    Part of the reason for the mystery around Comrade Ri Sol-ju is because she is rarely seen in public, with her most recent public appearance being last month.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/15/north-koreas-first-lady-ri-sol-ju-remains-mystery.html

    POTUS is trying to help in the ‘re-branding’ by humanizing KJU… I was having a hard time trying to figure out why Fox would run a story like this (let alone it be the main story on the site) right after the Asia trip.

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  5. rumpole2 says:

    Step 1: Proper hair style.
    Step 2: Lose 30lbs

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  6. Publius2016 says:

    Notice One Belt One Road leaves NK out? It’s not about development but liquidity and domination…President Trump is clear that there are “many roads” to happiness and prosperity. New sheriff in town.

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    • Aguila2011 says:

      OBOR is being set up to meet short and medium term goals for keeping the Chinese economy going. Except for a long term scenario there is nothing that NorKo offers the Chinese except being a puppet state in now stupid role of buffer state. Technology has made that basically irrelevant since the Armistice was signed.

      Now China’s problem is population and Norko is just another drain, another demand on scarce resources. I think Trump is getting them to realize that in “economic” terms, the potential costs of the current game plan is just not feasible for them.

      Think about having to provide jobs and feed 1 point 4 BILLION people! And they are investing heavily in many other countries because they do not have the raw materials to keep up the industrial powerhouse they have built over the last couple of decades. It’s all a numbers game people and the numbers are about PEOPLE. Many many people. Chinese people. And in less than ten years, India will surpass them as the most populous country on earth. So when the world has 8 billion people, those two countries will have 3 billion of them.

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  7. PgtSndThinker says:

    Re-branding for both external observers and the NK people may take a generation or two. I pray the change for the better will be unhindered.

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    • Minnie says:

      Yes, unceasing prayer!

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    • ” a generation or two to rebrand the People of North Korea..” Exactly, but a tough job. Look how hard it is today to “rebrand” our society in the USA after 50 years of democrat – socialist education and indoctrination. Our rebranding of American society is just now beginning and the socialist/ globalists are scratching tooth and nail. Big Ugly on the way!

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  8. tonyE says:

    What? Did Trump give a speech last week? Where was he?

    I didn’t see nuthin’ on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC. NYT…. all I saw was the LA Times covering an event where Maxine Waters was calling for Trump’s impeachement…

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  9. sundance says:

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  10. tampa2 says:

    The courage to say what needs to be said. Thank you, Mr. President!

    Liked by 15 people

  11. Minnie says:

    Fascinating, thank you 👍

    Liked by 4 people

  12. ahem says:

    The only way this works is if everyone is prepared to hold their nose and soldier on while the solution spins itself out, and this will take years, perhaps. At some point, the Chinese may replace Kim, but for now we have to be content to accept small steps of progress, instead of large leaps. The solution has to permit both China and North Korea to save face for decades of past misbehavior, to masquerade as more having more liberal attitudes than they do. The principle is the same as the one Trump is using with the Saudis: treat them as though they actually possess the high aspirations you have for them, give them an image to live up to.

    If it results in less regional tension and greater personal and economic freedom for Asia’s citizens, then I’m all for it. Nothing else we’ve tried has worked.

    Especially, do I pray this leads to a new freedom for the suffering North Korean people.

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    • Minnie says:

      Indeed, that picture of Fat Man and family reconfirms it, every time.

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      • singingsoul says:

        This change has to go slow to prepare the people. They are so brainwashed and treat each other so inhumane that needs to take time. It took time after Stalin after every dictator. Eventually the people themselves will dispose of the mad man. There is hope there is always hope.

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    • mike says:

      China could simply pull the plug and say “we executed Kim as a criminal today”, merely listing Kim’s crimes like any of China’s dirty rising pols suddenly in disfavor. Including now, repeated nuclear contamination now threatening to spill out, if not biological stuff.

      Chinese face, strength and humanity in better world standing.

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    • WSB says:

      Spot on. Unless Xi is prepping a body double.

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  13. Wasn’t there a moment not too long ago of discussion of allowing North and South Korean families to contact either other? Family contacts would be a great way to break the ice.

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  14. fleporeblog says:

    October 10, 2017 will go down in the history books as the day that North Korea lost all those involved in their nuclear program! At this point in time, Kin Jung-un may be completely neutralized in terms of his military outlook. He has no choice but to change direction as quickly as possible. You may never ever again see another rocket launched from North Korea!

    The day of reckoning has come! Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that our newest weapon is operational! It is called the “Rod From God”. It is being used throughout the ME. Especially in Syria 🇸🇾. It may have actually been used in North Korea 🇰🇵On October 10th.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mattis-secret-military-options-for-north-korea-2017-9

    From the article linked above:

    So what does Mattis have in mind? He wouldn’t say, but he did let slip one interesting comment.

    “Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,” a reporter said later. “Are we talking kinetic options as well?”

    “Yes, I don’t want to go into that,” Mattis said, agreeing that his closely held military option involved kinetic action, a euphemism to describe lethal military force.

    Keep in mind that our President met with all his military brass on October 4th! That is when he said “The Calm Before The Storm”! October 10th may just have been what he was referencing!

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4806082/north-korea-nuclear-base-collapses-killing-200-radioactive-leak-fears-latest-updates/amp/

    From the article linked above:

    A TUNNEL at an underground North Korea nuclear site has collapsed with up to 200 people killed, according to reports.

    The collapse happened at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country on October 10, according to Japan’s TV Asahi.

    Interesting tweet and response by Thomas Wictor:

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    • Minnie says:

      Thank you, Felice. Your posts are always informative and revealing and they are appreciated.

      Liked by 4 people

    • blakeney says:

      Accident and they would not have had all their scientists and engineers at a test site.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Punggye-ri may have taken out the vast majority of Kim’s nuclear techs (I don’t know about everyone, but quite a few most likely)…and it sits less than 50 miles from the Chinese border; the area is a radioactive wasteland from all accounts…anymore testing could cause a collapse with attendant nuclear fallout.
      China is probably very nervous about this.
      Of course Kim could test out over water, but this also would increase tensions. China made the statement that it would back Kim if he was attacked but not do so if he was the aggressor. Something tells me Kim has lost that proviso from China.

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      • mike says:

        China is fugly stupid if they let Kim continue large weapon tests and development in industrially primitive conditions. They deserve all the nuclear waste and leaks that are implicit in Kim’s desperate farce continuing.

        If they liked melamine milk, they’ll love Kim’s sweetened air and water for decades or centuries to come…

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        • Jenny R. says:

          Well, that’s just it — the Chinese are not that stupid. They’ve been antsy about that site for quite some time now, and it is getting worse because satellite photos are showing that there have been active leaks…the whole site may be ready for a complete collapse.
          They were stupid for putting up with it from their lap dog for so long however. Oh well.
          China has a lot of control over NK, but NK is a client of other states as well — they don’t listen to everything China has to say…or they would have cooled it with the nuke testing at that site before now.

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    • fred2w says:

      @fleporeblog

      Are the “Rods from God” the same system as the anti-ICBM system Sundance posted about months ago?

      Thanks.

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    • jbrickley says:

      Kinetic weapons imply the DARPA “Rods from God” project that Rumsfeld was excited about. The idea was to put tungsten steel rods the size of telephone poles into orbit with a launch platform (satellite). The rods would be guided into an appropriate re-entry angle such that it would strike a target city like a nuclear bomb without the nuclear fallout. It is an artificial meteor strike. I would certainly sleep better at night if such a platform existed and if it was protected from being attacked with anti-satellite weapons which we know China is capable. Might not even need a satellite launch platform an ICBM could put one into low earth orbit and sent it on it’s way. One wonders what those secret military unmanned drone shuttle flights have been up to…

      As to the tunnel collapse at the DPRK nuclear test site? Well there was seismic disturbances since the last test indicating instability. Signs of collapse and landslides were observed. 100 workers were trapped in a cave in. 100 more trying to rescue them were also killed when it further collapsed. I don’t think we needed to do anything, the nuclear tests underground disrupted the mountain. If this was their only underground test site you won’t see any more testing for a very long time. There are reports of deformed births, cancer deaths, radiation health symptoms ranging from burns and tumors to unexplained swelling and hair loss in the local population nearby. Seems the collapses occurring over the last few years on this mountain have actually released radiation. Water table could be contaminated as well.

      Then again, the Iranian missile base explosion managed to take out all the top people and scientists along with several DPRK visitors when some intelligence agency managed to detonate a missile being displayed to dignitaries and the laptop connected to it set off the warhead. The entire base was full of missiles and arms and there was a glorious KABOOM. Not to mention a DPRK train carrying missiles went KABOOM years ago. Iranian nuclear scientists were killed by secret attacks of motorcycle riding assassins shooting them or using a sticky bomb on their car. So we know The Game is On and has been On for quite some time. If not the USA, then Mossad.

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  15. Patriot1783 says:

    Lipstick on a pig.

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  16. rumpole2 says:

    Maybe this would work… in reverse?

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  17. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    It’s a shame that few heard that speech in the U.S.

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  18. mikebrezzze says:

    I say, tie Kim’s ass to one of those Chinese rockets and hit the “fire” button that says “made in the USA”

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  19. rumpole2 says:

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ass!

    Just sayin’ 😎

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  20. MIKE says:

    Boy that is one happy family. Even the colonel with the mushroom cap on his head looks terrified. Is he even still alive or did he suffer from Norkacide?

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  21. Rock Knutne says:

    Rush read almost verbatim from the Sundance explanation of the ChiComs about an hour ago. Lol.
    It’s about time he smartened up and started following CTH.

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  22. joshua says:



    Branding does not make a loser into a winner in the marketplace of human consumption opinions.

    North Korea will always be a trash hole run by tyrannical lunatics..
    Cannot make the brackish taste sweet.

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    • “always”; joshua is an absolute term.
      I always try and stay away from absolute terms b/c I know I will be proven wrong at least one time; for sure.

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      • joshua says:

        depends on what is is…abi

        see, rebranding the total concept and entity would make it no longer be North Korea if in fact actions were taken to totally change what it is today….. What today is North Korea will always be a trash hole…..until it totally changes and is no longer the same, it will always stay the same no matter what branding is attached to the same worthless hell hole.
        I never mind being proven wrong…that is how I learn…but I never waver from stating what I believe out of fear of not always being right.

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        • scott467 says:

          “I never mind being proven wrong…that is how I learn…but I never waver from stating what I believe out of fear of not always being right.”

          ______________

          Very much agree.

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    • Wend says:

      Also see the movie “The Interview”. Yes, I know Seth Rogan is disgusting, but James Franco is good as is the young man who plays Kim and there’s some very serious stuff in there.

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  23. sedge2z says:

    Did Kim read the inspiring book that his buddy Dennis Rodman brought him?
    Book was “Art of the Deal” by Donald J. Trump.

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  24. joshua says:

    This is about Image, not about reality. Brand is not reality, it is emotional perception created artificially to promote a cause or product….not about fixing a problem…as a turnaround corp exec, one learns early on that if a product has not true reality value or consistent honesty in delivery, then it will ultimately fail no matter what money is wasted on image, advertising, speeches, philanthropic actions, wise writing and academic endorsements.

    North Korea has no reason to actually exist as anything other than a piece of rather worthless land in a terrible location surrounded by folks that can totally determine what happens to it…and the people are so culturally inbred and propagandized that they have no connection with the reality of their own situation or that of their country….

    Freeing the nation would be worse than merely freeing the African Slaves in America with no plan for how to assimilate their lack of education, skills, or social and cultural fit into the national citizenry, or in this case, the global realities.

    Sorry but color me totally un impressed by any discussion of branding vis-a-vis North Korea.

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    • mike says:

      I disagree. North Korea probably will have a 15-20 point IQ advantage to rebuild with. Never under estimate compound interest effects if SoKor has some effective guidance or help incentivized in NK redevelopment, Including monetary and price deregulation,

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    • Benson II says:

      Rebranding works fine if your persistent and willing to wait decades. Socialism/communism has successfully done exactly that here in the US. Colleges, entertainment, news, companies, governments local, state and federal are all fully infiltrated or run by socialist dogma by either true believers or useful idiots.

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    • ahem says:

      I agree with you to the extent that I, too, wouldn’t call it ‘re-branding’, which implies merely changing a label or other minor tweaks while retaining the substance.

      It’s really a question of getting China and North Korea to start performing different ‘roles’, going from being villains to being heroes. That can’t happen without a fundamental change in behavior—measurable action. So ‘re-branding’ is not exactly accurate.

      If China genuinely takes NK under its wing, it could help materially improve the lives of its people, while preparing them for the 21st century and possible re-unification with the South. And China could take the credit for being a regional leader while allowing Un to take a little reflected glory (and settle his hash later).

      When you think of it, the Uns, by repudiating the market economy, haven’t cultivated the skills to manage the country’s economy on any basis other than blackmail or begging from larger states. They may need help but be embarrassed to ask for it. It’s worth a try.

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    • cyn3wulf says:

      “one learns early on that if a product has not true reality value or consistent honesty in delivery, then it will ultimately fail no matter what money is wasted on image, advertising, speeches, philanthropic actions, wise writing and academic endorsements.”

      Then explain Starbucks…

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  25. mikebrezzze says:

    I have a new nickname for Lil Kim, since he’s a royal pain in the ass we should call him Kimrhhoid

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  26. TexasDude says:

    This is also a message to Iran.

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  27. arete55 says:

    “Rocket Man” will be rebranded as we did Sitting Bull and Geronimo…

    He will become a major Tourist Attraction for NK……Trumpian Style………

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  28. I think the goal is a good one. That said, I’m not sure it’s possible. Little rocket man doesn’t seem to be very smart and has an ego that’s been fed by a populace that is required to think of him as God. I’m not sure he’ll be willing to change for anyone, even China.

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  29. scott467 says:

    “America’s men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against Nazism, imperialism, Communism and terrorism.”

    ________________

    Next on that list is islam.

    islam will take the place it has earned in history, superseding all of the above in evil, as the most heinous and evil ideology in the history of mankind.

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  30. scott467 says:

    “Don’t laugh when you consider the possibility of re-branding Kim Jong-un; and more importantly, as an outcome, the entire geopolitical architecture of North Korea. Rebranding takes time. This type of re branding takes silent and subtle persuasion.”

    _______________

    You would have a better chance of re-branding Stalin or Hitler.

    Kim Jong-Un is manifestly guilty of crimes against humanity so vast that there is no denying it and there is no ignoring it.

    Is the whole world just supposed to pretend now that the last 50+ years never happened?

    How is that supposed to work, exactly?

    If everyone ignored Jeffrey Dahmer’s and Charles Manson’s murderous deeds, and re-branded them with happy faces, does anyone think that would have any effect on who they are, or change what they have done, or what they would continue to do, given the opportunity?

    Can anyone explain how the psychological denial of objective reality in pursuit of desires or goals can ever be successful?

    It is not akin to building your house on a foundation of sand?

    It is not basing the future on a lie, whether by commission or by omission?

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    • mike says:

      Must be a rewrite on the Moon over Parador script.

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    • KPomeroy says:

      We need stuffed Kim Jong Un dolls.

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    • cozette says:

      We forgave Germany, Japan and Vietnam despite the absolute horror they inflicted and in hind sight that seems to have been the proper thing to do. China is still a totalitarian system and yet we are cooperating with them too. America isnt squeaky clean in the moral department either although we tend to be sneakier about our evil. I welcome President Trumps efforts to help Kim redeem himself.

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      • scott467 says:

        “We forgave Germany, Japan and Vietnam despite the absolute horror they inflicted and in hind sight that seems to have been the proper thing to do.”

        ________________

        We certainly didn’t forgive or try to rehabilitate their leaders!

        We had Nuremberg Trials for German and Japanese war criminals who survived the war (Hitler didn’t make it to trial), and nobody to my recollection ever gave Ho Chi Minh a makeover.

        How does one ignore the atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by specific individuals?

        We didn’t with Germany, Japan or Vietnam…

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  31. scott467 says:

    ““Don’t laugh when you consider the possibility of re-branding Kim Jong-un;”

    _______________

    If Kim Jong-un can be re-branded as something other than manifest evil, then why are we trying to change the U.S. government? Why can’t we just re-brand he Uni-Party as sweetness and light, and live happily ever after in Stepford?

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  32. scott467 says:

    edit / correction: “Why can’t we just re-brand the Uni-Party as sweetness and light, and live happily ever after in Stepford?”

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  33. scott467 says:

    “Rebranding takes time. This type of re branding takes silent and subtle persuasion.”

    _____________

    How would that kind of re-branding not be yet another crime against the memory of every victim of Kim Jong-Un and his family?

    How many millions of human beings has the Kim family tortured, murdered, raped and starved to death?

    You’re going to re-brand that?

    Why not re-brand and rehabilitate Hitler?

    How does that work, exactly?

    Do we pretend that Hitler didn’t really murder 11,000,000+ human beings in the death camps?

    Or do we pretend that he was just tragically misunderstood and didn’t really mean to hurt anybody?

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  34. A2 says:

    I agree sundance.

    I dream that someday we see Kim slimmed down (tiny bites Kim) in a nicely tailored Brioni suit (courtesy of some much needed fashion advice from you know who), sitting down with the President with a newly popular NK beer a product of the economic and political freedoms, laughing over who slung the best insults over twitter. 😀

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  35. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    I have a branding iron and I know how to use it.

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  36. mike says:

    Although a stunning about face might not be impossible for a gifted individual, I’ve got my doubts that Kim has the moxy, the gifts or even the sustainable interest.

    China + US would be better off with 2-3 doubles doing the acting and retire Kim, either to a haven of excesses or heaven, if they want to rebrand…

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  37. blakeney says:

    You can lead Little Rocket Man to water, but that doesn’t mean he will drink it. Best to drown him.

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  38. Sylvia Avery says:

    I can see North Korea rebranding itself, in time. But I personally believe that would require new leadership in North Korea.

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  39. georgiafl says:

    A rose by any other name is still a rose.

    A monster by any other name is still a monster.

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  40. alliwantissometruth says:

    What’s amazing to me is in this day & age these communist dictators can get away with acting like they’re gods above everyone else & just do whatever they want to the people

    Looking at the fat dork would be the first clue he’s no god

    I realize the people are brought up being brainwashed, but come on. When are the men going to stand up & say enough is enough? When are the men in the military going to start saying we’re not going to do this to our own people anymore?

    Again, I realize fear, indoctrination, brainwashing & being kept ignorant of the outside world are powerful tools, but you’d think the human spirit would start showing up & a massive revolution would take place

    No brainwashing or fear in the world could make me oppress, torture & kill my own family & my own people

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  41. Mike diamond says:

    How can you rebrand a dogs hind leg !!!

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  42. H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

    Rocket Man will not make it to the first of the year. The Chicoms will get the credit which they will need to save face; the Dems will go full tilt-bozo; Rinos will sit in a corner drooling over themselves wondering why they became irrelevant, the media will be singing accolades for whatever Mueller is doing or they think he’s going to do……and the President will just smile, give a thumbs up and retire with Melania and family.

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  43. GaryT ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ🇺🇸 says:


    Hmmm…Trump looks cool sitting in those vehicles. Let me try that …

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