A prison at Guantanamo Bay would have made sense if it had been run as a normal prisoner of war camp, subject to the Geneva Conventions and international inspection. Instead, it doubled as an interrogation center subject to its own arbitrary rules. The intense secrecy only gave credence to tales of prisoner abuse, founded or unfounded, and this in turn was compounded by the Bush administration’s plans for one-sided trials.
Now the hard part begins.
Following the promise must be the delivery and that will be daunting.
There is the banking crisis and the housing crisis and the auto crisis and the job crisis and the credit crisis and the panic crisis and the energy crisis and the global warming crisis and the myriad of overseas crises including two wars, all of them separate but linked. Welcome to the Oval Office, Mr. President.
After delivering a startlingly change-oriented inaugural address, President Barack Obama is finding out that change is possible but it is not easy.
Obama’s 2,396-word, new-era-of-responsibility speech, in the presence of 1.8 million mesmerized Americans and heard via television and the Internet by millions around the world, was a firm, fierce indictment of the policies of the past eight years.
Is Gitmo worth the grief? President Barack Obama wasn’t in office 24 hours before he ordered military prosecutors to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings for terrorist suspects at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama followed up with an executive order directing the Pentagon to close down the prison within the next 12 months.
Ticket holders who never made it to President Obama’s inauguration are going to get a consolation prize.
A three-judge panel has refused a request by Al Franken, the Democratic Senate candidate, to block a lawsuit over a recount in his contest.
Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and two colleagues performed at the inauguration, but the music had been recorded.