The cost in dollars of the recent two long wars has hit Americans in the Achilles heel.
Then, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld estimated that the war in Iraq would last no longer than five months and would initially cost about $50 to $60 billion dollars. The war in Iraq is now believed to have cost a minimum of $4 trillion, with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans – expenses that could easily balloon to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest.
The engine which drives our nation is our financial stability and market confidence and the ability to pay off our debt.
Our biggest threat is not so much from external forces, but from within our own society when people become disenfranchised from an ailing economy that in turn, has direct implications on their standard of living.