I just had this epiphany. The reason for the Iraq war was to spend money to keep the American Economy going when it surely would have faltered. There was no logical reason for the Iraq war. And to think, I have been calling Dubya the dumbest president in American history, when all this time he was standing up to a major depression. We did not know that it could get us, but he did. Why did we have to spend those FIVE TRILLION dollars? Simple, the Baby Boomers were retiring in large numbers (some in their mid fifties) and their spending was going WAY down. In a service sector economy which we are, we need people to keep spending and for the spending to increase each and every month or the economy will falter. Cheney (Transcripts will be released soon, I hope) obviously said that the only way to get Americans to spend money and accept American Government profligate spending would be to get involved in a long protracted war. The twin towers fall gave us a reason to attack Iraq (Most Americans do not know one country from another as our schools systems do not teach geography and history any more and continue fighting in that country would be supported by the ignorant American masses for years, perhaps for an entire 8 year presidency! This is supposition, mind you, but it does appear to be logical.) At any rate, we spent 5 Trillion that we did not have on the war! The economy remained solvent until the war spending went down at the end of 2007, and we are now seeing that the only way to keep our economy afloat is to spend Trillions of more dollars that we do not have. Obama learned from Cheney, so he is going to continue the spending of Trillions that we do not have. So, Who is going to pay for the doubled and perhaps trippled national debt? That is right, OUR CHILDREN! Well, they and our grandchildren and their children, too.