Color me surprised, because I truly didn’t think he’d keep this promise. President Obama has signed an Executive Order ordering that Gitmo be closed as practicable as possible, and in any event, no later than one year from now. He has also signed an Executive Order creating a Special Interagency Task Force to study what to do with the individuals housed at Gitmo (and elsewhere), and while he was at it, he revoked Executive Order 13440, and issued yet another Executive Order ensuring lawful interrogations. Impressive.
According to the Voice of America, the world welcomes these changes. That’s not surprising, as the world’s been pretty pissed at the US for quite some time for how we’ve gone about our bidness.