On the heels of the bizarre new friendship that has developed between Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed legendary journalist Dan Rather for his unparalleled blend of insightful rhetoric and candid commentary.
Referencing the pairing of the former NBA star and North Korea's supreme leader, Rather likened it to some of the strangest scenes he's ever encountered during his illustrious career:
"With Dennis Rodman I will say, that, look: I've been to goat ropings and space shots, I've been to Antarctica and deep as Africa. I've never seen anything quite like this," he admitted.
Odd as the scene seemed, the "Dan Rather Reports" host noted that at the very least, the man once known as "The Worm" has at least served to generate some new interest in a country that deserves attention:
"It's not a bad thing," surmised Rather. "It at least gets people thinking about North Korea. North Korea is one of the strangest places on this, or any other planet ... to fracture [Winston] Chruchill's old quote, 'it's a mystery wrapped in an enigma.'"
Shifting gears stateside, Morgan asked for his guests perspective on the recently triggered forced budget cuts, beginning by sharing his own opinion:
"I found the events of last week incredibly dispiriting," said Morgan. "The fact that America – this great 'superpower' – appears to have this utter paralysis of leadership in Washington ... I think it demeans the political system here."
Rather agreed, in the process pulling few punches:
"No one wants to say it, and some can accuse me of being harsh in the language. But we have been parachuted into the valley of the stupid," said the longtime CBS newsman. "That's the way it's viewed around the world: The United States, this is dumb. There's nothing smart about this."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the legendary Dan Rather offered context for Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea, and also explained why the so-called "sequester" is nothing more than political jockeying with an eye on 2014.
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