JOHN LAFORGE — The press made a big deal of it. The president even starred in an Oval Office TV show about the â€œend to U.S. combatâ€ in Iraq, which was announced on August 31. Mr. Obama said heâ€™d fulfilled a promise to end the war. Obamaâ€™s bit of theater cost less than George Bushâ€™s May 1, 2003 shameless declaration of â€œmission accomplished,â€ his circus-act-in-military-flight-suit-to-the-flight-deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Yet the presidentâ€™s speech was just as dishonest.