Over 4,000 US troops were killed, with another 31,000 wounded during the Iraq war. What else has the war given to US troops?
Our fight to help free the world from terrorism has come at a cost - as all wars do. Every life lost is one life too many. War does bind brother to brother and it is a stark reminder to all those living who serve that our freedoms are not free.
Suicide rate among veterans has jumped to 22 percent. What leads to such high rate in suicide?
Correction - suicide rates amongst veterans is at 22 suicides per day - not 22 percent. There is debate as to the "why" behind the suicides but it often stems from a lack of or sense of mission and purpose. With mission and purpose, suicides drop. And that "why" to live doesn't have to be tied to military missions.
How does the US copes with its wars’ cost? What do American people think about this?
The US continues to go in to debt at an alarming rate. And some Americans pay attention while others continue to go about their lives in ignorance. But it isn't just war costs - our costs are also attributed to sending funds to governments and countries that are not necessarily in alignment with us. We "pay" to keep the world relatively safe - but this method of peace is beginning to fail and there is unrest in the US.
What is the political and economic consequences of US wars throughout the world?
For the past 15 years we have "been at war." Most Americans are oblivious to this fact because only 1% of our nation serves. Imagine the impact we would have if more were to serve in order to preserve the American way of life. The political fallout is a nation divided. We are a nation of political parties and many flags - we have lost sight of what it means to be an American and to pledge allegiance to one flag - the United States Flag (Stars and Stripes). United we stand, divided we fall is so true. The economic fallout is one of a debtor nation where the American people have not seen an increase in wages in the past 5 years, high unemployment (despite what the manipulated numbers state) and a shrinking middle class.
How does the US policies in the Middle East affect the American people?
The American people are a very accepting people - in many ways we can be too accepting. There is uncertainty in who and what we should believe. That being said, our overseas policies have little direct affect or perceived impact on the majority of Americans because they are not paying attention.