The Washington Post reports that Barack Obama really, really wants to close Guantanamo:
Announcing the closure of the controversial detention facility would be among the most potent signals the incoming administration could send of its sharp break with the Bush era, according to the advisers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the president-elect. They believe the move would create a global wave of diplomatic and popular goodwill that could accelerate the transfer of some detainees to other countries.
The article concedes that there will be problems involved. And not too long ago, the New York Times did a front-page story upon discovering that Guantanamo is filled with bad people who are both difficult to deport and house in the United States. But the goodwill!