Maggie Gallagher

President Bush's nightmare is a nuclear bomb (or the equivalent) going up in Manhattan. Our oceans protect us no longer. The best defense is a good offense, because international terrorists can only acquire these weapons and the infrastructure to use them with the passive cooperation of governments who turn a blind eye to their clandestine operations within their borders. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put governments on notice: You can't count on America to turn a blind eye any longer, or wait for absolute proof, or get a majority of tyrannies who vote in the United Nations to agree. It is safer not to play footsy with terrorists. Not on President Bush's watch.

The war that counts is the war on terror. It is a war the president is winning. The proof is not in David Kay's report. The proof is in the fact that, when I send my son back to college in Manhattan, I no longer worry about what might happen to him as he passes through Grand Central Terminal. The proof is in our lack of constant fear. Life has gone back to normal.

That is President Bush's and our nation's triumph. Let's hope he can make sure he gets the credit he deserves.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.