President elect Barack Obama told a 60 Minute audience he will close down the infamous Guantanamo prison and make certain America ceases using any form of torture in the interrogation or treatment of prisoners. He referred to the blot on American principles that was implemented by the trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld as a thing of the past. “I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture. And I’m going to make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.” It is still uncertain how prisoners from Guantanamo will be treated but most probably some will be returned to their nations while others will stand trial in civil courts in America.
Obama said the US economy was his highest priority along with withdrawing US forces from Iraq as soon as possible. “I will call in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, my national security apparatus, and we will start executing a plan that draws down our troops” from Iraq.
We now live in an America which has returned to its principles of morality and democracy. It is a happy day for all Americans and the world.