A delegation that includes former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson Google chairman Eric Schmidt is visiting North Korea today.  Richardson described the trip as a private humanitarian mission.  The government of North Korea has confirmed the trip.

Further details via the New York Times:

Mr. Richardson said his delegation planned to meet with North Korean political, economic and military leaders and visit universities.

Mr. Schmidt and Google have kept quiet about why Mr. Schmidt joined the trip, which the State Department called unhelpful. Mr. Richardson said Monday that Mr. Schmidt was “interested in some of the economic issues there, the social media aspect,” but did not elaborate. Mr. Schmidt is a staunch proponent of Internet connectivity and openness.

Russain revolutionary Vladimir Lenin reportedly considered Communist sympathizers in the West “useful idiots.” Today the term is used to describe naive people who are “perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.”

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  • Lord Foggybottom

    McCain is a useless idiot.

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      yup. agreed.

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      yup. agreed.

  • Ntr

    Many already know these two (Bill Richardson, Eric Schmidt) are useful idiots given their past views. Though McCain, being a useful idiot himself, is just upset that he wasn’t invited along.

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      you are probably correct, he misses being invited places.

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      you are probably correct, he misses being invited places.

  • Ntr

    Many already know these two (Bill Richardson, Eric Schmidt) are useful idiots given their past views. Though McCain, being a useful idiot himself, is just upset that he wasn’t invited along.

  • azwi

    John McCain is a useless idiot himself. What a bitter and jealous old man McCain became since the American soundly rejected his character, qualifications, credibility and integrity and warmongering views to be president.

    http://pol.moveon.org/mccain10/thanks.html?id=-17340335-0gXtorx

    • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

      So what does this have to do with Americans doing business with a Stalinist state that starves and imprisons millions of its people?

  • azwi

    John McCain is a useless idiot himself. What a bitter and jealous old man McCain became since the American soundly rejected his character, qualifications, credibility and integrity and warmongering views to be president.

    http://pol.moveon.org/mccain10/thanks.html?id=-17340335-0gXtorx

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    I’ll pay them to keep them!!!

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    I’ll pay them to keep them!!!

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Are the North Koreans going to give them pointers?

    Wasn’t Gov. Richardson referred to as “Judas” within his own party? Where was La Raza on that?

    And isn’t Google, Inc. funneling their money through Ireland to avoid paying higher taxes?

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Are the North Koreans going to give them pointers?

    Wasn’t Gov. Richardson referred to as “Judas” within his own party? Where was La Raza on that?

    And isn’t Google, Inc. funneling their money through Ireland to avoid paying higher taxes?

  • Peyton

    And how well has the government approach to North Korea been working?

  • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

    Calling them useful idiots is being charitable.

    There is no way Kim Jong-Un is a reformer. He is every bit as evil as his father. He may realise that he himself must be more tech-savvy and he must monitor his sititizen and commit cyber-crimes but that is it. If the average North Korean could communicate with their southern cousins, the buffer/vassal state (hat tip: OFK http://freekorea.us/ ) that is North Korea will be worthless to China as revolt is very possible.

    Richardson and Schmidt have done a great disservice to the people of North Korea whom they have no doubt helped Kim Jong-Un keep under the thumb.