The move places the last remaining "enemy combatant" in the US before a civilian court instead of a military tribunal.
At Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he announced that all combat troops would depart by Aug. 31, 2010. Following are the president's prepared remarks.
Speaking from North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, where thousands of Marines are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, the president's message was clear: We have a new priority.
Though the Pentagon budget is slated to rise, he confronts an urgent need to force greater discipline on military spending.
The plan, projecting a $1.7 trillion deficit, includes a down payment on universal healthcare.
The president listens to tactical commanders in extending it to 19 months.
Readers write about facts about Russia and Iran, how China can improve its human rights, and what the US and Canada can learn from the EU's example.
A tenuous cease-fire has halted Taliban-Army fighting, as negotiations for a permanent deal continue.
France and Germany opposed the US-led invasion but are now eyeing new investments in the war-torn country.