Evan Vucci, Associated Press
President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

In the midst of Boston bombings and Benghazi blunders, President Obama declared that the war on terror, like all wars, must come to an end. The problem is the war on terror is not "like all wars." Traditional wars between organized nations end when there is an official surrender, and hostilities cease. Former enemies can even become allies.

If every terrorist group, faction and organization around the world magically "surrendered" and let go of their anti-American ideology, then Obama's declaration might make sense. In reality, a commander in chief announcing that we are choosing to end the war, even though our enemies are not, is tantamount to surrender, or worse, defeat.

Ryan Phillips