Monday, November 10, 2008

So Long, Gitmo

Obama has put his project to restore the US image in the West into action, less than a week after election. He's announced that he'll order the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as soon as he is sworn in.

The move will almost certainly help Bush in negotiations with Iraq. There remains a 3-week gap between the end of the UN Mandate for US presence in Iraq and Obama's first day in office, which means they won't be able to make the pact with him--but knowing he'll be around is likely to soften the edge on the negotiations a bit.

Worries from the right that things will get too soft are, of course, worth thinking about.
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