There’s been some talk of Barack Obama possibly backsliding on campaign promises to close Guantanamo Bay and stop torture. Talking to CBS News last night, however, Obama clearly reiterated both commitments:
Good on both counts. I don’t think it can be emphasized enough how critical it is to our relationship with Europe to make a clean break with the Bush-era policies on these issues. Doing so will hardly change the fact that the US and Europe have somewhat divergent interests and perspectives on the world, but it’ll left the air of political toxicity that’s been hanging for years over the United States of America and create the environment in which both sides of the Atlantic will see that our interests and perspectives are fundamentally quite close.