In his State of the Union address, on four occasions, President Barack Obama mentioned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq coming to an end:
1. "And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that, after twelve long years, is finally coming to an end."
2. "When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq. More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan. With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America's longest war will finally be over."
3. "And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay ..."
4. "As this time of war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life."
At the end of his speech, when the president introduced gravely wounded Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, he said that "like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit."
What Obama said is not true.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not ended. Only America's involvement has ended (in Iraq) or is about to end (in Afghanistan).
And, unlike Sergeant Remsburg, America has quit.
As Peter Beinart, a man of the left who believes that America should never have fought either war, wrote in The Atlantic:
"When it comes to the war in which he [Remsburg] fought, quitting is exactly what the United States plans to do. Obama said as much earlier in his speech. In lauding America's exits from Afghanistan and Iraq, he didn't cite a single thing the United States has accomplished in either country. How could he have? Parts of central Iraq are today in the hands of jihadists, and the carnage there has never been worse. When the U.S. and its allies leave Afghanistan, one expert recently predicted, 'the likely outcome is a civil war, much more fierce and widespread than the one fought during recent years.'"
The expert Beinart cites is a prominent Pakistani journalist and author, Zahid Hussain, who also predicted that this civil war in Afghanistan "will not be confined to Afghanistan but will also spill over into Pakistan."
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”