. Various estimates place the cost of the U.S. military adventures in the Middle East since 2003 at $4 trillion to $6 trillion to date. This does not include additional costs that will be incurred in the future resulting from these wars. Also, keep in mind, U.S. fighting during this century in the Middle East has been largely from the air. Most ground battles have been skirmishes against Islamic extremist guerrilla groups, not seasoned military troops with heavy artillery. Leaving these few details about the Middle East wars behind for a moment, officials on both sides are predicting the war between the U.S. and North Korea to be inevitable, as Trump and Kim Jong-un keep upping the ante with their insults to each other. So, taking into consideration the trillions-of-dollars of borrowed money the U.S. has already spent increasing unrest across the Middle East, with no end in sight, how will the U.S. pay the American defense industry for the war materials necessary to engage North Korea? (The corporate executives of these companies will expect their bonuses, and stockholders will certainly NOT be donating their dividends to the cause.) Given the many insults Trump has aimed at our European allies, it’s doubtful any of them will pony up cash to loan the U.S. Plus, with the attention of the U.S. military split between the Middle East AND North Korea, Putin’s expansion into the Crimea will undoubtedly spread to other Eastern European nations. So, NATO members will have their hands full in Europe. Also, China isn’t going to sit by and permit the destruction of their neighbor and ally North Korea. China has 2,183,000 active military troops to add to North Korea’s 1,190,000 active troops, to fight against the United States’ 1,347,300 military members. Even with a best case scenario, where any sort of nuclear exchange can be avoided, and all action is limited to Eastern Asia, how long can the United States’ money and military hold out in a real war? Especially with the $1.5 trillion gift the GOP just gave to the 0.1% and Big Business? (The Social Security Trust Fund only has about $2 trillion in actual assets, the other $2 trillion in IOU,s from the federal government don’t count. This $2 trillion and eliminating all safety net programs could help, but not for very long in a real war.) Any rational answers, anyone? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/nkorea-says-us-threats-make-war-unavoidable-on-korean-peninsula-kcna/ar-BBGjXRI?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp .