The day after he had been inaugurated, President Barack Obama ordered that torture no longer are to be used by the United States. He also ordered the controversial prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed within a year. Both of these issues have damaged the image of the United States. In a democracy, method like the ones used at Guantanamo should never be accepted. Arresting random people and detaining them for years with no trials. It seems like President Obama is trying to restore some kind of dignity in the way the US fight wars. Obama has sent out a message to the world. The United States will fight the war on terror, but with different means than under President Bush.

Obama has argued that the war in Iraq is a big mistake, it is Afghanistan President Bush should have focused on. In October 2002, Barack Obama said: “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. … You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.”

Al Jazeera makes it clear that it is not an easy task that lays ahead for the Obama administration:

“President-elect Obama should break from the Bush legacy of treating Pakistan as hired help rather than valued ally. Pakistan has paid a heavy price for being America’s frontline ally. Thousands of people, including 2,000 military personnel, have been killed in terrorist attacks since 2001. Economic losses are estimated at $34 billion.

Three decades of strife in Afghanistan have taken a heavy toll on Pakistan. George W. Bush’s flawed Afghan strategy compounded by the fatal distraction of Iraq, widened the conflagration and pushed the war into Pakistan.

Obama has pledged a troop surge in Afghanistan. But without a fundamental change in strategy, this may increase the sense of occupation and mire the United States in a war without end. Moscow deployed more than 150,000 troops at the height of its occupation of Afghanistan and failed to avoid defeat.

A more realistic approach must start with redefining U.S. goals, and distinguish between what is vital and attainable (disruption of terrorist networks) and what is desirable but best left for Afghans to undertake (transforming society).”