Bush's Iraq policy received a major boost Wednesday evening when American F-16 aces used two 500-lb. precision bombs to take out al-Zarqawi, his spiritual adviser, Il-Iraqi, and four other people in a safe house outside of Baqouba, north of Baghdad. The death of "the slaughtering sheik" (as he was affectionately called by his followers) was confirmed by Al-Qaida the terrorist group he led in Iraq. The death of the ruthless 39-year-old was hailed by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki who promised to honor the $25,000,000 bounty on Al-Zarqawi's head. Ordinary Iraqi citizens danced in the streets at news of Al-Zarqawi's demise, and Americans have reason for renewed hope for a peaceful, democratic Iraq.