Will Obama be able to get most US forces out in 16 months?
Europeans, who have long pushed to close the controversial facility, are hesitant to take some of its inmates.
The Monitor's language columnist considers why the military needs a new term for operations involving actual shooting.
His first acts – including an order to close Guantánamo Bay – seek to signal change.
On Thursday he named George Mitchell as a special envoy, and he has already signaled that the US will reengage the region.
President Obama orders a thorough review of pending terror cases.