Ah, what would we do without Joe Biden?
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.
So perhaps he will. Or perhaps not. We’ll see.
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”.
You know, we could just try not opening the box. That’s the problem with throwing away things that already work just to score PR points. What could go wrong? Only one way to find out, after all!
I hadn’t heard Wanda Sykes’ joke about Biden but it’s a keeper, and unlike most of her routine both funny and true:
“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?'”
Mary Katherine Ham suggests a Moynihan line Biden might want to keep handy. On a daily basis, in fact.