Biden on Obama’s Gitmo “Plan”: “It’s Like Opening Pandora’s Box”

May 22, 2009

Speaking to reporters on the final day of his tour of the Balkans, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged the administration still hasn’t figured out what to do with all the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but predicted that it will still meet its deadline of closing the prison within a year. “I think so,” Biden said, when asked about the January 2010 deadline. “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.”

Read the rest from Newsweek:
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/a
rchive/2009/05/21/biden-on-gitmo-it-s-like
-opening-pandora-s-box.aspx

Psst: They sent you out there hoping you wouldn’t say any more dumb stuff…..

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By Toby Harnden
The Telegraph, London

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?'”

Indeed. It seems that all a reporter has to do to find out about the pickle Barack Obama’s is really in over his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison is to ask the veep, who was talking to the press at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo on the final day of his trip to the Balkans.

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”.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he leaves Beirut international ...
“This is the Holy Land, right?”  Biden takes a page out of The One’s Book.  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he leaves Beirut international airport May 22, 2009.REUTERS/ Jamal saidi (LEBANON POLITICS)
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Moralist-in-Chief Obama is President Above-It-All

May 22, 2009

Put Barack Obama in front of a teleprompter and one thing is certain — he’ll make himself appear the most reasonable person in the room.

Rhetorically, he is in the middle of any debate, perpetually surrounded by finger-pointing extremists who can’t get over their reflexive combativeness and ideological fixations to acknowledge his surpassing thoughtfulness and grace.

By Rich Lowry
National Review

This is how Obama, whose position on abortion is indistinguishable from NARAL’s, can speechify on abortion at Notre Dame and come away sounding like a pitch-perfect centrist. It’s natural, then, that his speech at the National Archives on national security should superficially sound soothing, reasonable, and even a little put-upon (oh, what President Obama has to endure from all those finger-pointing extremists).

 But beneath its surface, the speech — given heavy play in the press as an implicit debate with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who spoke on the same topic at a different venue immediately afterward — revealed something else: a president who has great difficulty admitting error, who can’t discuss the position of his opponents without resorting to rank caricature, and who adopts an off-putting pose of above-it-all self-righteousness.

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Obama might leave his moralizing and judgment of others up to men of the cloth…..Like his Pastor “God Damn America” Wright…no, wait….

President Barack Obama holds his hand outstretched during a ...
Moralist in Chief Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Dollar hits new multimonth low vs euro, pound, yen; U.S., Brit long-term credit rating cuts loom?

May 22, 2009

The dollar kept falling Friday, notching fresh multimonth lows against the euro, pound and yen as a warning that Britain’s debt level may result in its credit rating being cut ricocheted into worries about the massive U.S. deficit.

The 16-nation euro rose to $1.4015 in morning trading from $1.3889 in New York late Thursday—its first time above $1.40 since Jan. 2.

The British pound rose to $1.5916 from $1.5890, peaking at $1.5945 earlier in the session, its highest point since Nov. 6.

Read the rest from the Associated Press:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?i
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We’re No Longer Thinking Trough Problems? Gitmo, Stimulus, Cap and Trade are Just a Few Examples

May 22, 2009

If you had fallen asleep, say, last November, only to wake up this week, you might ask: “When did we stop thinking through the solutions to our problems?”

The answer, one might suppose, could be that if you have a Democrat in the White House and a huge Democrat majority in the House and Senate, no further thinking is required.

For example: after two years of preaching about the immorality of Gitmo, the Congress rejected the funding the White House requested to close Gitmo because they weren’t given a plan on where to put the prisoners.

So the President yesterday gave another hour-long sermon on Gitmo.  To which Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

Not only that, the plan in the speech hasn’t been well thought out.  

“There’s a whole contingent of issues that have to be well thought out before we ever agreed to bring inmates of that caliber into our system,” said Bryan Lowry, president of the National Council of Prison Locals, which represents federal correctional officers.

The stimulus, which spread out $787 billion of taxpayers money like manure on the land wasn’t read by any “lawmaker” that any member of the media has found.  Now Henry Waxman has offered to cure this problem on the Cap and Trade Bill: he’s hired a speed reader.

Rip van Winkle might just elect to go back to sleep fearing that this is going from really bad to really worse….

Here’s a thought: reactivate Alcatraz, put the Gitmo prisoners there and they can vote for Nancy Pelosi…..

Even Joe Biden says we aren’t thinking:
Biden on Obama’s Gitmo “Plan”: “It’s Like Opening Pandora’s Box”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
5/22/supermax-no-were-not-rea
dy-president-obama/

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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”

Was it Joe Biden, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton that thought it was a good idea to encourage Russia to just hit the “reset” button?  Well, whoever…..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
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The fact that American “lawmakers” are busy passing bills that they haven’t read seems to go hand in glove with a White House that hasn’t thought through the implications of many things.  The Obama Bow to the Saudi King smacks of obeisance; defined as “bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame;” or “the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person.”

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty Images

Is this what the White House wanted?  It is what they got.

The Brit Prime Minister got movies on CD from the President of the United States: not a very symbolic gift.  One was “Star Wars.”  And nobody in the White House even checked to see if these CDs can be watched in the UK (they use different digital formatting: the CDs given by Obama are “blank” on UK machines).

Don’t forget, many Presidents of the United States do their work in the Oval Office on the “Resolute Desk” which is made from the timbers of a Royal Navy Warship.  That’s symbolism.

JFK among otheres used the “Resolute Desk” — a gift from the UK.  Obama returned one gift from the UK: A Statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

The president gave the Queen of England an IPod — made in China.

The Secretary of State in this Obama Administration gave her Russian counterpart a giant red button which was supposed to be marked “reset.”  But the word was not spelled correctly or was just flat out the wrong word.  Besides:  to most Russians a giant red button is for launching nuclear weapons…..

So what are we resetting to with Russia?  Ask Joe Biden: it was his idea apparently to make the ‘reset” button.  Joe “Advisor to Many Presidents” Biden should have asked the staff to discuss with him how Vladimir Putin might reset — back to his KGB roots?
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Bush Waterboarded Three Terrorists; Obama Shot Three Pirates — War is Hell

May 22, 2009

Just yesterday President Barack Obama was on a moral crusade explaining how reprehensible it was for George W. Bush to hold prisoners at Gitmo and to use enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from some.  Waterboarding was used on three of the worst that could have had information and plans about killing tens of thousands of Americans, former Vice President Dick Cheney says….

I am a little confused then, by this same President, at the commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy today, raising the issue of Navy snipers killing three pirates off the coast of Somalia earlier this year.  Those pirates were in danger of harming only one American — and their track record was of never harming any hostages — before or since.

The pirates were teens looking for money.  The President ordered their execution.  Three of them.

“We uphold our fundamental principles and values not just because we choose to, but because we swear to — not because they feel good, but because they help keep us safe,” the President said today.

Death by sniper is an evil we tolerate in war.  In the case of the Somali pirates?  Who knows.  But it is certainly not cause for gloating pride.

Gitmo and waterboarding brings no joy.  But neither does the execution of pirates.

The fourth pirate was captured, read his rights and is in New York going through the Obama plan explained for all terrorists and overseas evil doers yesterday.

So the Obama “read ’em their rights and get them into court” plan has worked exactly 25% of the time for him so far.

The other three — the 75% — are dead.

But Obama feels it is necessary to lecture the Bush Administration…..

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Obama might leave his moralizing and judgment of others up to men of the cloth…..


At the top of the U.S. government we have this guy, Rahm “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” Emanuel.  He probably predicted what the “head shots” would mean to the Obama legacy….

President Barack Obama holds his hand outstretched during a ...
Moralist in Chief Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hezbollah to Obama: Please Take This Fool Biden Back

May 22, 2009

The White House plan to silence Joe Biden and put a stop to the stupid stuff he says isn’t necessarily going to work.

Today the Hezbollah complained.

Here’s a tip for President Obama: guys that continue to do and say stupid stuff can only be housed in one place safely: Gitmo.

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Hezbollah says Biden visit interferes in election

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

BEIRUT – Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed strong American support for Lebanon’s government Friday as the deeply divided country prepares for crucial elections in two weeks that could see the pro-Western faction ousted by Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies.

Hezbollah has accused Washington of trying to influence the June 7 vote in favor of the pro-Western faction that dominates the government. The militant group said the visits by Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton a month ago raised “strong suspicion and amounted to a clear and detailed interference in Lebanon’s affairs.”

Biden is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Lebanon in more than 25 years. Pro-Iranian militants targeted Americans with bombings and kidnappings in the 1980s during the civil war, leading to a 12-year U.S. ban on citizens traveling to the country that was lifted in 1997.

With Biden’s visit following so closely after Clinton’s, the attention from President Barack Obama‘s administration underscores concerns about a possible win by Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group.

“Lebanon has suffered terribly from war and we have a real opportunity now … for peace,” Biden said after talks with President Michel Suleiman. “So I urge those who think about standing with the spoilers of peace not to miss this opportunity to walk away from the spoilers.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009052
2/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_lebanon_biden_10

“Nobody liked it that we didn’t read the stimulus bill so we hired a speed reader for Waxman’s bill” – Congress

May 22, 2009

It seems so asinine that it should only be allowed in a movie like “Animal House.”  But it is in the nation’s House.  Nancy Pelosi’s House.  The House of Representatives.

The stimulus was $787 billion: the biggest spending bill ever in our 200 plus year history.  Yet it was rammed through Congress and no lawmaker admitted to reading it.

Now because, why, the world will end in September?  We have to ram through and enact as law a multi-billion dollar spending bill to lower carbon emissions into the air.

And OBVIOUSLY nobody has time to read and understand all this “jargon” before voting so we’ll hire a speed reader who will give us the Cliff Notes.

If this keeps up, torture will make a real come back and it won’t be confined to Gitmo….

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/22/
waxman-i-certainly-dont-claim-to-kno
w-everything-thats-in-this-bill/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/2
1/waxman-clueless-about-his-captrad
e-bill-youre-asking-me/

The greenback may be headed for a tumble as intense selling is underway.

Obama-logic: What if JFK had said: “That golf playing fool Ike left me a mess”

May 22, 2009

This juicy piece of Obama-logic came out of a student’s mouth just yesterday: “I should never have gotten into college because my high school teachers sucked so bad.”

Well, it’s “badly” not bad — so the teachers and the student both have flaws.

But blaming the other guy seems to be an Obama fixation that isn’t something we want to teach our kids.

Do you recall Winston Churchill going on about “Nevil Chamberlain got us into this…”

Neville Chamberlain

How about Harry Truman: “That S.O.B. never told me anything and now we find out he was playing with weapons of mass destruction.”

How about “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”

JFK might easily have said, “That golf playing fool Ike left me a mess…”

Did Lincoln carry on, “I told everyone Buchanan would get us into a Civil War!”

Well, we don’t teach American history the way we used to but we do demonize a lot in the history books the kids have now.  Prayer is bad.  Oil is bad.  Wall Street traders are bad. 

Sound like any politicans you know?

 Government jobs are good.  The environment is, as Nancy Pelosi said just yesterday, “the greatest challenge of our day.”  She said climate change is a “national security, economic, environmental health and moral issue.”

God must have annointed Nancy to tackle this challenge: never mind jobs and the economy and creating wealth.

Curing our climate problems and gaining government health care will bail us all out.

Really?  The rest of the world got rich on wind turbines and free medical care?

Barack Obama spent one of his hours as President of the United States attacking another President of the United States.

Obama’s speech wasn’t needed.  It only continued to stir up the pot that Obama himself stirred by releasing some of the government’s classified documents and Nancy Pelosi stirred by saying the CIA systematically and repeatedly lied to Congress.

If the speeech had a real purpose like spelling out the Obama plan to put all the prisoners somewhwere else to the satisfaction of Congressional lawmakers, I missed it.  Just after the speech, a dumbfounded Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

This is good for the nation?  This is solving real problems: like the economy, the lack of jobs, and our crazy belief that cleaner air and government controlled health care will make the nation prosperous, create lots of high paying jobs?

I’ll give President Obama and Speaker Pelosi the Moral High Ground Award.  You’re both right.  Now shut up and get to work.

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.  And the guys that made this mess…..

Even the newspapers in California decided to blame the wrong guy this week: attacking the stupidity of the voters.

What?

California’s voters should recall their elected representatives and allow their newspapers to fail.

And American voters should, as we are past Obama’s 100 day point, be a little less tolerant of this self-righteous blame game that is not creating wealth or jobs….

Politicians should leave judgements of history to others.  They have a lot of tough work to do without tackling that…..

Waxman-Markey And The Climate-Industrial Complex

May 22, 2009

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.

By Bjorn Lomborg
The wall Street Journal

The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the “military-industrial complex,” cautioning that “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” He worried that “there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.”

This is certainly true of climate change. We are told that very expensive carbon regulations are the only way to respond to global warming, despite ample evidence that this approach does not pass a basic cost-benefit test. We must ask whether a “climate-industrial complex” is emerging, pressing taxpayers to fork over money to please those who stand to gain.

This phenomenon will be on display at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this weekend. The organizers — the Copenhagen Climate Council — hope to push political leaders into more drastic promises when they negotiate the Kyoto Protocol’s replacement in December.

The opening keynote address is to be delivered by Al Gore, who actually represents all three groups: He is a politician, a campaigner and the chair of a green private-equity firm invested in products that a climate-scared world would buy.

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel ...

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel discussion on “the Future of Health” at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Naturally, many CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is “rent-seeking.”

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.

American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.

U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year, up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities — including Duke — spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.

Read the rest:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1242861451927409
87.html#mod=rss_opinion_main

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/2
1/waxman-clueless-about-his-captra
de-bill-youre-asking-me/

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Oil as Weapon: Russia Again Threatens Europe

May 22, 2009

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, has attacked the European Union for seeking to forge closer relations with former Soviet states.

By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
Telegraph, London

A summit between the EU and Russia designed to promote closer ties failed to disguise a widening rift. Divisions over a new EU partnership with six ex-Soviet states is complicating a drive by Barack Obama, the US president, to seek reconciliation with Moscow.

Highlighting the most visible area of discord, Mr Medvedev claimed it was anti-Russian in its makeup. “We tried to convince ourselves that it was otherwise but in the end we couldn’t,” he said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, stand with World War II veterans during the annual Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, stand with World War II veterans during the annual Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square.
Mikhail Klimentyev / RIA-Novosti / AP

The EU held its first summit with Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the six members of the Eastern Partnership, earlier this month. The project meant to provide aid and support to boost to ex-Soviet nations on Europe’s periphery.

But the partnership has been denounced in Moscow as a contravention of the “Medvedev Doctrine”, laid out by the president last year, which claims that Russia has privileged interests in all former Soviet states.

Jose Manuel Barosso, the president of the European Commission, sought to alleviate Mr Medvedev’s concerns by inviting Russia to participate in the partnership, but the offer is likely to be rebuffed.

Mr Medvedev also gave warning of the possibility of a new European gas crisis by claiming that Ukraine may be unable to meet its payments for Russian energy.

Millions of Europeans were left without heating in January after Moscow cut off gas to Ukraine, which acts as a conduit for 80 per cent of Russian supplies bound for the EU, over a politically-tinged payment dispute.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/
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U-with-new-gas-crisis-for-links-to-eastern-s
tates.html

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