Here we are, 37 days away from one of the most historic events in American history. On January 20th, 2009, the first black American will be sworn in as President of the United States. As part of his campaign, Mr. Obama pledged to "end the war in Iraq". As an American I am asking you, Mr. President elect, to finish the job before we leave. Please sir, read and learn from our past. In 1979 the Russia invasion to place in Afghanistan, the Americans did the right thing when we gave them the weapons they needed to protect themselves. The mistake we made was not staying in the area and making sure it was secure, we left and the Taliban came in. If we leave Iraq before this area is secure then history will repeat itself, a terrorist group will occupy the area and start plotting against the American again. Even if you disagree with the war, you can't argue the facts. I promise you this, if Mr. Obama ends this war before it should be ended there will be another terrorist attack on American soil before 2014.