Great strides have been made in the war on terrorism. In the 5 years since 9/11 the U. S. has caught or killed a large majority of the top members of Al Qaida. We have liberated over 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries are now on their way to becoming stable, representative democracies and allies of the United States in the war on terrorism and radical Islamic fundamentalism. On Iraq, the United States should continue to maintain a presence necessary to ensure the political stability and security of the new government until the Iraqis themselves can do so. We should only "stand down as the Iraqis are able to stand up."