Our Man made a lot of promises during his campaign. And it looks like he is going to follow through. Today, Our President signed an Executive order to close Gitmo. Let’s all say it together: Thank God!
During a signing ceremony at the White House, Obama reaffirmed his inauguration pledge that the United States does not have “to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals.” The president said he was issuing the order to close the facility in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.” A second executive order formally bans torture by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations. That essentially ends the Bush administration’s CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods. “We believe that the Army field manual reflects the best judgment of our military, that we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture, but that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need,”
Now, lets not get all excited. Who knows what is going to happen, and what he can’t and can do. But, given that this is his second day in office, we are off to a pretty good start.