The Current Discussion: What's the first thing you hope Barack Obama does as President-Elect?
The first thing the new president should do is to close Guantanamo prison. This could easily be the most visible way to restore the United States' standing as a country that respects the rule of law, truly opposes torture, and is willing to abide by international treaties. This can be done quickly and will have clear and visible impact. Any persons still in that awfuljail should either be tried in the U.S. or sent to their home countries, on condition that they be treated in accordance with international law.