Toby Harnden at the Telegraph highlights Joe Biden’s latest attempt to not be on the ticket with Obama when it’s re-election time:
Thank goodness for Vice President Joe Biden. In one of the few amusing parts of the Wanda Sykes comedy routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, she said: “God forbid that Joe Biden falls into the hands of terrorists….We’re done. Oh, they won’t even have to torture him. All they have to do is go, ‘How’s it going, Joe?’”
So will Obama fulfill his vow – announced amid great fanfare in an executive order on day two of his presidency – to close the facility by January 2010? “I think so,” Biden responded, according to Newsweek’s Holly Bailey.
Biden continued: “But, look, what the president said is that this is going to be hard. It’s like opening Pandora’s Box. We don’t know what’s inside the box.”
He also said that “to the best of my knowledge” the number of prisoners “who are a real danger who are not able to returned or tried” has “not been established” by the Obama administration.
So he basically just confirmed his predecessor Dick Cheney’s analysis that the decision was taken “with little deliberation, and no plan”.
“We don’t know what’s inside the box”? It sounds like closing Gitmo is going to be a spinoff of that old Adam and Eve joke where Adam says, “Stand back, I don’t know how big this is gonna get.”
But thanks nonetheless for confirming the opinion of Dick Cheney, Mr. Biden.
So what do we do with the terrorists if Gitmo is in fact closed? How about we lock them in Katie’s Restaurant… there’s nobody in there anymore except the spirit of Joe Biden’s fantasy camp antecdotes eating breakfast every morning.
Alright, enough political talk. It’s going to be a warm and sunny weekend. Stand up, Chuck… we’re outta here: