I read recently how the US is in financial trouble because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is such a misunderstanding of the problem that I thought a comment was in order.
The United States is NOT at war. We do not and have not had conscription since Vietnam. Our army is a small, volunteer one. Even in Vietnam, our army that was deployed only numbered half a million men. Our defense companies are contracting, and have been for almost 20 years. During the 90's we disbanded half of our active divisions. Our economy is NOT geared up for war. The United States is NOT mobilized for war.
The economic problems the United States is facing are not because of the wars going on in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Note: The wars don’t help the economic problems) Our economic problems are simply because our governments (Federal, state, city and local) are and have been spending more than what they make. The interest on our debt is soon to be the largest SINGLE item on the budget. This problem is present at ALL levels of government, Federal, state, city and local. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not involved in the state, city or local government financial problems at all. These governmental entities have only been doing what the Federal government has been doing.
Please note: All levels of our government have only been doing what we want them to. The Health Care bill was a notable exception in that it was passed even though a solid majority of US citizens were against it.