“Obama’s Bold First Week” by Rosa Brooks
January 29, 2009, 1:00am

Barack Obama ended four wars during his first week as president. With just a few words and strokes of his pen, the president ended the war on terror, the war on Islam, the war on science and the war on women.

In his first executive orders, Obama effectively dismantled the elaborate structures that supported the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” On Jan. 22, he ordered the closure of the Guantanamo prison and a halt to the much-criticized military commission trials. He closed secret CIA prisons, required that the Red Cross have access to detainees and mandated that interrogations of detainees — whether by the military, the CIA or anyone else — comply with the rules laid out in the Army Field Manual.

From The LA Times